Shimano launches 12-Speed Dura-Ace R9200 Di2: Wireless Cockpit, Fastest Shifting Ever + New Levels of Brake Control – Keeps 11-Speed Freehub!

shimano dura-ace r9200 review

SHIMANO Reignites the Road with New 12-Speed DURA-ACE R9200 Road Components

For those who never compromise, Shimano’s New R9200 Series Delivers an Ultra-Efficient 12-Speed Drivetrain, a Wireless Cockpit, New Levels of Braking Control, a New Wheel Lineup, and the Fastest Shifting Ever

With DURA-ACE R9200, Shimano delivers the world’s fastest most precise shifting, expanding its legacy of innovation while setting a new benchmark in road performance. Developed with the Science of Speed design concept, the R9200 series component group features an ultra-efficient 12-speed drivetrain, a reliable wireless cockpit, highly refined ergonomics, new wheels, an enhanced brake system, and integrated digital technology engineered for those who never compromise.”

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Note from JOM of Gravel Cyclist: The latest Dura-Ace R9200 Di2 may be engineered for Road, but if it’s anything like previous generations, it works fine slung from a gravel bike.

Shimano Dura-Ace R9200: Science of Speed

“Every detail, every decision, and every component of the new DURA-ACE R9200 series is engineered to deliver a faster, more reliable, and more intuitive ride experience. In the pursuit of excellence, Shimano dedicated years of research, development, and testing to refine its new flagship road system.”

  • Evolved Di2 Platform – Completely redesigned Di2 system for Shimano’s fastest shifting ever as well as a wireless cockpit design for the ultimate performance and absolute reliability
  • Most Advanced Drivetrain – Optimized 12-speed gearing for unrivaled efficiency and Shimano’s proven HYPERGLIDE+ technology for seamless shifting no matter the situation
  • Refined Interface and Ergonomics – The ultimate balance of comfort, aerodynamics, and aesthetics, DURA-ACE offers unparalleled ergonomics, a cleaner cockpit design, and ultimate customization
  • Enhanced Brake System – Making the best even better, the new DURA-ACE brake system offers a quieter, maintenance-friendly system with improved control
  • All New Wheel System – Perfectly blending aerodynamics, rigidity, and weight for the most competitive full-carbon, tubeless and tubular wheel lineup on the market

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Shimano Dura-Ace: Evolved Di2 Platform & Technology

DURA-ACE R9200’s new Di2 platform showcases Shimano’s most advanced drivetrain technology and shifting performance to date. DURA-ACE delivers 58% faster rear shifting and 45% faster front shifting compared to the current wired R9100 Di2 system. Shimano’s wireless Di2 processing technology, developed in-house by Shimano, increases transmission speed and performance, offering reliable, fast shifts every single time. Further Di2 refinements include a charging port and D-FLY wireless connectivity integrated into the rear derailleur.”

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Shimano DURA-ACE R9200 is wired where it makes sense, featuring a central, multi-port battery that supplies stable, long-lasting power to both front and rear derailleurs. New smaller diameter SD300 wires connect directly from the battery to each derailleur, eliminating the need for junctions and simplifying the build process. The central internal battery also simplifies charging and remains secure over the roughest of roads.”

Shimano Dura-Ace: The Most Advanced Drivetrain

The new R9200 DURA-ACE drivetrain provides faster, smoother shifting with Shimano’s proven HYPERGLIDE+ drivetrain technology. Developed first for mountain bike applications, HYPERGLIDE+ improves shifting both up and down the cassette, even under maximum pedaling load.”

The new 12-speed DURA-ACE drivetrain features optimized gearing options that are engineered for performance and speed without sacrificing drivetrain efficiency. Sticking with 11-tooth small cogs enhances drivetrain efficiency while also retaining compatibility with current 11-speed Shimano freehub bodies. No new standards or proprietary wheel parts necessary.”

At the request of WorldTour teams, the DURA-ACE R9200 crankset features an optional 54-40T chainring combination. More efficient than smaller options, the 54-40T is the best response to the ever-increasing speeds of racing’s top tier.”

With 11-30 and 11-34 cassette options, DURA-ACE riders now have even lower climbing gears so that no matter your riding level, you can experience the best road performance available. Despite even wider gear ranges, smooth, consistent gear steps remain a Shimano hallmark thanks to the addition of the 12th cog. Keeping things simple, the R9200 rear derailleur is offered with a single cage length that is compatible with the entire range of R9200 cassettes.”

The DURA-ACE R9200 drivetrain employs the same 12-speed chain used on the Shimano XTR M91000 series, simplifying inventory requirements for retailers and riders.”

FC-R9200 Crank

  • HOLLOWTECH II Crank Set
  • 2×12-speed
  • Chainring combinations:
    • 50-34T
    • 52-36T
    • 54-40T

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FC-R9200-P Power Meter Crank

  • Dual-Sided Power Meter
  • HOLLOWTECH II Crank
  • Bluetooth and ANT+ data transmission
  • Improved strain gauge accuracy
  • 2×12-speed

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shimano dura-ace r9200 review

CS-R9200 Cassette

  • HYPERGLIDE+ Technology
  • 12-speed
  • 11-tooth small cog for optimal efficiency
  • Wider cassette options for lower gear ratios
  • Compatible with 11-speed freehub bodies
  • Cassette Options:
    • 11-30T
    • 11-34T

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shimano dura-ace r9200 review

shimano dura-ace r9200 review

shimano dura-ace r9200 review

RD-R9250 Rear Derailleur

  • Shimano SHADOW Rear Derailleur
  • Integrated D-FLY Connectivity
  • 12-speed
  • Compatible with 11-30, and 11-34T cassettes

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shimano dura-ace r9200 review

shimano dura-ace r9200 review

FD-R9250 Front Derailleur

  • 12-speed
  • Smaller (33% less frontal area) and lighter (96 grams)

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shimano dura-ace r9200 review

Shimano Dura-Ace: Refined Interface & Ergonomics

“Shimano’s wireless DURA-ACE cockpit delivers a clean aesthetic and simple setup while reimagined ergonomics bring a new level of comfort and control. The DURA-ACE hoods are taller with a slight curve inward for a more secure, natural perch over any terrain. The lever body reach is also extended by 4.6mm to create more space between the brake lever blade and the handlebar.”

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The new DURA-ACE Di2 lever switches are also redesigned for better control and easier access. The longer switches are easier to reach when riding in the drops and an increased offset between the switches makes them easier to differentiate while riding. A third switch on the hoods continues with the new R9200 series shifters.”

shimano dura-ace r9200 review

A set of new remote switches provides multiple shift points with options for the tops as well as the drops. So whether climbing at your limit or sprinting for the line, you have can control your effort.”

shimano dura-ace r9200 review

A new Shimano E-TUBE App (version 4.0.0) offers intuitive operations for personalizing the DURA-ACE R9200 drivetrain. Offering a suite of customizable, riders can choose between different shift speeds, customize shift button mapping (what buttons performs which functions), program different automatic shift modes like Synchro and Semi-Synchro shifts, fine-tune shifting, and connect with third party bike computers.”

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ST-R9270 Shifter

  • Wireless Di2 connectivity
  • 2×12-speed Dual-Control lever
  • Refined hood for improved ergonomics and aerodynamics
  • Improved button access
  • 4.6mm longer reach for increased security and control

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Shimano Dura-Ace: Enhanced Brake System

“Speed only matters when you have the ability to control it, and Shimano’s new DURA-ACE brake system provides heightened brake performance for tighter, faster, and more aggressive cornering. The new R9200 brake system now features Shimano’s proven SERVO WAVE technology that enhances brake performance thanks to a faster initial bite point followed by a wider control area. This allows riders of all abilities to modulate their breaking forces more easily and precisely.”

shimano dura-ace r9200 review

“DURA-ACE R9200 also includes a refined brake caliper design, delivering a quieter brake system. The new brake calipers boast a 10% increase in pad-to-rotor clearance to reduce noise while a separate bleed port and valve screw improve the bleeding process so that it’s now possible to bleed the system without removing the caliper from the frame.”

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R9200 still supports Rim Brakes!

BR-R9270 Brakes

  • More fine-tuned control and heightened braking performance
  • 13% wider control area from the brake lever
  • 10% wider pad clearance
  • Easier bleeding process
  • Servo Wave Technology

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Shimano Dura-Ace: All New Wheel System

The completely redesigned DURA-ACE R9200 wheel line-up blends exceptional rigidity, faster aerodynamics, and lower weight. The full-carbon, tubeless wheel lineup features wider 21mm internal rim widths suited for modern road tires and is offered in three rim depths so riders can optimize performance across a diverse range of conditions.”

shimano dura-ace r9200 review

Shimano’s new DIRECT ENGAGEMENT freehub structure provides increased driving rigidity for a more direct pedaling feeling, especially when accelerating. Despite the improved rigidity, the new DURA-ACE wheels and hubs do not compromise when it comes to weight. The DIRECT ENGAGEMENT freehub shaves an impressive 45 grams while the full carbon rims and new spokes and nipples drop the overall weight of the new C50-TL wheels by over 161 grams compared to the current, shallower C40-TL wheels. Aerodynamics haven’t been ignored either, with even faster and more stable rim profiles used across the DURA-ACE range.”

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WH-R9270_C36_TL

  • Lightweight wheels for riding where acceleration is key
  • Front 1:1 standard spoke lacing // Rear 2:1 Optbal spoke lacing

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WH-R9270_C50_TL

  • All-around wheels for breakaways and more
  • The perfect balance of aerodynamics, rigidity, and lightweight construction
  • 5-watt reduction in drag compared to current C40-TL wheels
  • Front 1:1 standard spoke lacing // Rear 2:1 Optbal spoke lacing

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WH-R9270_C60_HR_TL

  • Aero wheels for sprinting and high-speed pursuits
  • Optimized lateral rigidity for sprinting and larger riders
  • 63% increase in driving rigidity versus current C40-TL wheels
  • Front and Rear 2:1 spoke pattern for 10% increase in rigidity
  • Thicker 2.0-1.8-2.0 mm spokes for 10% increase in rigidity and power transfer

shimano dura-ace r9200 review

Pricing & Availability

SHIMANO DURA-ACE R9200 availability beginning in October 2021.

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