New Shimano 105 Di2 goes electronic, 12-speed and doubles in price: so is it still 'the people's groupset'?

The new R7100 groupset adds a sprocket and electronic shifting to Shimano's third tier - we take a closer look at what's new and also what it means for the future of mechanical shifting

Shimano launches its popular 105 groupset with Di2 electronic shifting
(Image credit: Shimano)

When SRAM began offering Rival, its third-tier groupset, with eTap AXS wireless shifting last year it seemed only a matter of time before Shimano would follow suit and bring Di2 to its much-loved ‘workhorse' groupset, 105. Well, that time is now. 

Although it was expected, the arrival of Shimano 105 Di2 is no less significant. Like SRAM Rival AXS, which we reviewed very favourably, it brings electronic shifting to a wider audience, or as Shimano says in a “more attainable package.”

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