New Shimano front shifting tech trickles down from Dura-Ace to 105

New 105 front shifter has leverage and adjustment improvements inherited from Dura-Ace R9100

Shimano launched its latest Dura-Ace R9100 groupset at the start of the year and last month followed it up with the latest Ultegra R8000, which inherited the aesthetic and mechanicals of its pricier big brother. Next on the slab for a facelift should be the 105 groupset.

The full new 105 groupset hasn’t been launched yet, but Shimano has already posted details of a new 105 FD-5801 front derailleur on its website and started to ship it on some new 2018 bikes.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.