Shimano XT Di2 2023 road test ride review
Shimano XT Di2 2023 Road test review Build quality
Like the previous XT group, the new Shimano XT Di2 2023 is well made, and of good overall quality.
Everything is done well, but the new Di2 technology costs a lot, almost like an old mechanical XTR, even without having the general characteristics of lightness, quality in materials and quality in construction.
Unfortunately this is the case for everyone, but it is a pity that this new group is only offered in the Di2 version and moreover only for e-bike groups.
Shimano XT Di2 2023 Road test review group
The new Shimano XT Di2 2023 group is complete with everything, but only available for ebikes, it joins only the new Shimano EP6 or EP8 ebike engine.
Maybe in the future there will be cranksets for muscular mtb, but currently it is a real limitation.
Overall it is an excellent group, but as it was made we will hardly see it complete.
Shimano "wanted to force his hand" with a commercial proposal that does not give alternative solutions: it is not a group for muscle bikes, it is not a mechanical group ... that's it, stop ...
We think that many will buy some components to mix them with others, but at least a Sram X0 is better ...
We will see how the situation evolves.
The presence of ABS for the braking system should be noted.
Shimano XT Di2 2023 Road test review drive
Nothing to complain, everything works fine.
The gearbox is fast and precise, silent and smooth in its actuation.
Excellent braking system, powerful and modular.
The presence of ABS is an additional plus for passive safety.
It is clear that everything refers to an e-bike, otherwise the weight would start to become important and difficult to carry uphill.
Shimano XT Di2 2023 Road test review Performance
Overall the group is fine and it is difficult to appreciate the real differences compared to the Shimano XTR group.
Maybe a little slower in the shifting and a little less fluid.
But these are perceptions, difficult to appreciate.
The fact that it is then destined for e-bikes changes the perception of many things.
Like the quality of the crankset.
However, we can confirm that even under the thrust of the electric motor, the gearbox always works smoothly and sufficiently quietly.
Ultimately an excellent group for ebikes.
Shimano XT Di2 2023 Road test review Pros and cons
The new Shimano XT Di2 2023 group was long overdue and it was a nice surprise.
A disappointment for many that it is only intended for ebikes.
But the future of muscular mtb is equal to that of racing bikes, a very small niche in the market.
The future is for ebikes, like it or not.
The new Shimano XT Di2 group is well made, functional, effective.
The high price is its limit, we will see how many will be willing to spend high amounts for this group.