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Shimano XTR Prototype

Lurking in a plastic crate in the back of the Shimano tech support truck were these prototype XTR parts, which give a pretty interesting insight into how bike stuff gets from vague idea to production metal. Join us on a journey of the not-quite-finished...

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Shimano XTR Prototype Rapidfire Pod
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Shimano XTR Prototype Brake Levers

Like the shifters, these proto brake levers are designed primarily to work - once the actual mechanics of them are sorted out, the styling can be worked on. The calipers are pretty close to final, though - they owe quite a bit to existing Shimano products, so there's less development necessary.

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Shimano XTR Prototype Cranks
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Shimano XTR Prototype Rear Mech Version 1