Sneak Preview: Shimano’s New DXR line
04-11-06

A couple of weeks ago at the ABA’s Winter nationals in Phoenix, Chad Roberts and the Shimano crew had a Haro under their tent decked out with Shimano’s new DXR line, which consists of hubs, brakes, and cranks.Just in case you’re not sure what’ s up with the DXR nametag, it’s essentially the XTR of the BMX world (i.e. the best stuff Shimano can possibly make specifically for BMX). Will it be cheap? Not even remotely close. Cranks will still probably be in the $300-$350 ball park (just like the Saint cranks are now). Will your customers go bankrupt outfitting their bike with the full group? Maybe, but like Roberts explained to us, this is the stuff Shimano’s building for their pros to use at the Olympics, which like we said, means that it’s as good as it gets. Everything you’re about to see is still in the testing/prototype stages, but this is real close to what it’s going to look like when the line launches later this year. Expect an in-depth interview with Roberts about the DXR line in the June issue of BMX Business News. For now, here’s a little something to wet your appetite…

This should give you a good idea of what the hub body will be shaped like. And just so you know, every DXR part will be chrome, with a double clear coat over top of it to keep it from ever getting dull. Nice.  credit: James Ayres

This is a great idea; a 15mm bolt with a 6mm Allen bolt on the inside. If you strip one, you still have another way of getting the wheel off. You can’t see it, but the hubs have 14mm internal axles, so although they’re designed for racing, you could probably run a pair of pegs without any problems.

The DXR lever comes as part of the DXR brake kit, which you’ll see in a minute. Shimano’s had such a good response with its Deore line of brakes that they kept the DXR lever very similar to a Deore lever.

The rear hub is based off of an ’07 XTR hub, only with a smaller cassette body. It has four internal pawls with 10-degrees of engagement. As an example, Chris King hubs have less than five degrees of engagement, but as a result, tend to have a significant amount of drag. Shimano came to the conclusion that 10-degrees was a good compromise; you don’t have the instant engagement, but you get a hub that will spin more freely. Expect it to come with 14-16 and 18-tooth cogs.

The DXR crank set is obviously based off of Shimano’s Saint cranks. The big difference is that Shimano went with a narrower spindle, which was designed off of a 20″ chain line. More than likely, Shimano will do a line of chainrings to go with the cranks, but at $60-$80 per sprocket, they’ll only be available as an aftermarket add-on (otherwise the cranks would retail for almost $400).

The DXR brake kit will come with a cable and a right-hand lever only.

The DXR crrank arms will be identical to the Saint arms.

Although this isn’t the final version of the DXR logo, it probably won’t be too far off from what you see here.

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