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First look | Hands-on with Shimano Cues U8000

Shimano Cues U8000 is the top-end group of drivetrain components in the brand’s all-new range. Shimano Cues consolidates the brand’s Alivio, Acera, Altus and select Deore groupset components into one inter-compatible family that covers everything from 9- through to 11-speed….

Mike Stead: Chapeau, Shimano: CUES looks like a genuine game changer for bike shops, brands and consumers

Shimano CUES is a genuine game-changer for shops, bike brands and consumers, many years in the making. What Shimano have done here is merged the three-lowest tiers across mountain bike and flat-bar road/city groupsets, from Deore and Tiagra down, into one…

SRAM’s second-generation Force AXS electronic groupset takes cues from Rival and refines front derailleur

The new SRAM Force eTap AXS groupset sees updates to the shifters, cranksets and front derailleur, alongside new shiny graphics. There is a change to naming conventions, with SRAM dropping eTap from the groupset’s name – so, henceforth, it’s just…

Shimano Cues kills off Alivio, Acera and Altus, with Tiagra to be phased out

Shimano Cues is a new range of 9-, 10- and 11-speed drivetrain components that replace Alivio, Acera and Altus, as well as select Deore components. Shimano has also hinted strongly that drop-bar variants of Cues will come in the future,…