Shimano upgrades entry-level components - BikeBiz
Shimano’s entry-level off road components are being upgraded with the essential features for MTB riding

ALIVIO, ACERA and ALTUS, Shimano’s entry-level off road components, are being upgraded with the essential features for MTB riding, adopting race-inspired designs and more user-friendly features.

The redesigned ACERA – FC-MT300-3 ­– and ALTUS – FC-MT210-3/2 – cranksets take on an anodized black look with user-friendly replaceable chainrings.

Together with rear derailleurs and cassettes, the drivetrains feature MEGA9 LITE gearing, deliver smooth shifting across the 3x9 – 44-32-22T and 40-30-22T – and 2x9 – 36-22T – options.
Meanwhile, wheel components are upgraded with the latest Boost-standard hubs bringing stiffer wheels and bigger frame compatibility to entry-level mountain biking with wider front 110mm and rear 148mm O.L.D. hubs – ALIVIO: HB-MT400-B/FH-MT400-B and ACERA: HB-MT200/FH-MT200-B.

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ALIVIO’s lightweight race-inspired brake levers – BL-MT400 – follow the design cascaded down from XTR to XT, SLX and DEORE, with a 2-finger position allowing for greater control on the handlebars.

A 3-finger ACERA version – BL-MT200/1 – is also available in steel or alloy. The levers are designed for small hands with a reach of 75mm from the handlebar and a user-friendly reach adjustment of 25mm, allowing for greater customizability of riding preferences.

Finally, for 2x9 systems the ALIVIO – FD-M4020 – front derailleur redesign allows for wider tyre clearance and provides high level front shifting with side-swing action and high cable-efficiency in any of the four mounting positions.

Components will be available in stores from June 2018 onwards. See below for a selection of the components.

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