Shimano's dominant position in the bike industry is based foremost on one simple fact: They can forge metals with a creativity and sophistication far beyond anything their competitors can dream. Shimano factories are crammed with VW Bug-sized forging machines that spend all day long pounding alloys into highly precise little bits that -- after final assembly -- make a Dura-Ace bike brake and shift and look so fine.
Shimano = Forging. It's as simple as that, and that's the reason why they long resisted the temptation to wander into the world of carbon. The rest of the industry, of course, embraced carbon with an untrammeled cheek-to-cheek, two-arms-and-two-legs enthusiasm, and while they were at it, they accused Shimano of being a fuddy-duudy for not doing the same. Shimano's position was simple: Anything carbon can do, forged metal can do better -- lightness, durability, cost, you name it.
Still, there's something cosmetically sexy about carbon. And market trends are what they are -- consumers vote with their wallets, and they're choosing carbon. With the Dura-Ace 7900 series components, Shimano proves that while they may move deliberately, they are most definitely not fuddy-duddies. Case in point, the Dura-Ace RD-7900 rear derailleur --
The Dura-Ace RD-7900 is Shimano's first ever rear derailleur that makes use of carbon fiber. The pulley cage and P-body are both made of carbon to shave off 16g in comparison to the RD-7800 rear derailleur. Shimano states that their choice of carbon vs. alloy here has no detrimental effect to long-term durability of the derailleur.
And while the carbon vs. alloy debate has a timelessness to it akin to Red Sox vs. Yankees, there's something else going on with the RD-7900 that -- at least to us -- is far bigger news: It has an expanded chain wrap capacity in comparison to the RD-7800. What's chain wrap capacity? It's a simple math equation: (Big ring - Small ring) + (Big cog - Small cog) = Chain Wrap Capacity. Other rear derailleurs have limitations that prevent you from the big wrap values that come from choosing, say, a 50/34 crankset and a 12/27 cassette. The Dura-Ace RD-7900, however, has the broadest chain wrap capacity of any rear derailleur in the marketplace, and you can use it with any combination of Dura-Ace cranks and cassettes, including a 50/34 with an 11/28.
The Shimano Dura-Ace RD-7900 rear derailleur is compatible with both the Shimano Dura-Ace ST-7900 and ST-7800 STI Levers. It is also compatible with all ratios of Shimano Dura-Ace CS-7900 and CS-7800 cassettes, as well as Shimano Dura-Ace CN-7900 and CN-7801 chains.
Maximum Front Difference:
One Color, RD-7900, SS, Short Cage: 165g
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Iwould like to get a Dura Ace 7900 R & F Deraileur 7900 chain 7900 cassette and use it with FSA-SL-K Light Crank does this make sense or should I just go with the 7800 Series of the same parts with this crank whats my best bet.
That Makes Sense just a few things to watch out for. What Shifter are you planning, you need to match you Frt Der to your Shfter 7900 to 7900 or 7800 to 7800, Rer Der and Cass Don't matter but you need to use a 7800 or 7901 Chain with that FSA Crank.
I have a 2009 cannondale six5 with shimano 105.the bike has never been doped or mishandled.the bike has been indoors of course since the day i got it.my question is what can i upgrade to with this bike.better than the 105 system that came stock with it.is there a better shimano system that will work better than what came stock with the 2009 cannondale six5.?its a ten speed cok and of course you know that.and if not whats the best price i can get for new left hand flight deck 10speed shimano shifter the one that came stock with my 2009 cannondale six5.?
Dura Ace or Ultegra will be an upgrade from what you are currently riding. Your Broken Left Shifter is a warrantee, you just need to take into any Bike Shop and they should be able to turn it around quickly.
While Shimano did make a GS version of the 7900 rear derailleur it was not widely distributed. As demand for triple fronts wanes there will be far less availability for such a long caged derailleur on the market. There may be a chance you could locate one but I have checked with a few vendors and no one seems to stock them.