Japanese manufacturer Shimano isn’t scoring a first, but for sure it’s more than good news that the Alivio groupset will now feature totally separate versions, one dedicated to mountainbiking, and the other to trekking.
However, this isn’t the only new thing Shimano has prepared. The mountain bike version has undergone serious facelifting, the rear derailleur benefiting the most from this decision, now having a more aggressive look. Other parts also feature a new design, but Shimano didn’t stick just to appearance. The rear derailleur now includes Shimano’s Shadow RD technology, known from higher level groupsets like SLX and Deore. Since bigger wheel sizes also became more popular in the mountainbiking world, the Alivio drivetrain adopted the 40-30-22 triple front crank and has compact front derailleur, with more tire clearance.
For better handling, Shimano integrated the shift and brake lever into a single piece. This gives a cleaner appearance and improves the cable routing. Also, the enlarged optical gear display allows entry level mountain bikers to instantly check in which gear they are riding. Another option of the Alivio mountain bike groupset is represented by the hydraulic disc brakes that can be maintained through one way and funnel bleeding. The 9-speed cassette is available in 4 different gearing options:
Since people also use Alivio on trekking bikes for many years, Shimano decided to make a dedicated trekking groupset. The manufacturer claims that the new trekking groupset is the most silent and durable Alivio groupset ever made by it.
Compared to the mountain bike version, the trekking groupset has a cleaner appearance, kind of typical that were representative for Shimano products throught the years. Have a look at the rear derailleur for instance, which clearly shows the different design. The front derailleur has a wide link for longer durability and precise shifting and the crankset is available in 48-36-26 and 44-32-22 chainring sizes, and like the mountain bike version, it also features 9 speeds.