New Shimano CUES Di2 drivetrain brings Free & Auto Shifting to commuter ebikes

The new Deore XT Di2 ebike drivetrains will likely get all the attention, but at the same time, Shimano is launching something for the commuter and lifestyle world. Calling it a dedicated lifestyle component brand, Shimano CUES kicks off with a new LinkGlide drivetrain with all of the same Di2 features as the new XT.

Shimano CUES di2 rear derailleurs 10 and 11 speed

Unlike the XT groups, the CUES derailleurs are offered in either 10-speed or 11-speed. There isn’t much visual difference between the two, but the RD-U6050 10-speed derailleur will handle low sprockets up to 43t, while the 11-speed RD-U6070 will shift up to 50t low sprockets with a medium cage.

RD-U6070

  • 11-speed LINKGLIDE
  • Maximum low sprocket: 50T
  • Medium Cage

RD-U6050

  • 10-speed LINKGLIDE
  • Maximum low sprocket: 43T
  • Medium Cage

Features:

  • Precision Electronic Di2 Shifting
  • Durable and Seamless 10-speed LINKGLIDE Drivetrains
  • Enables SHIMANO’s All-New AUTO SHIFT WITH MANUAL OVERRIDE and FREESHIFT Modes

Both are built around the LinkGlide drivetrain platform and enable the new Auto Shift with Manual Override and Free Shift modes. That means that bikes equipped with the CUES drivetrain will be able to automatically shift while pedaling and coasting. Also, if you prefer to do the shifting yourself, you can still shift without pedaling thanks to the Free Shift mode.

CUES Di2 Shifting Modes:

  • AUTO SHIFT WITH MANUAL OVERRIDE
    • SHIMANO’s advanced automatic shifting while pedaling and coasting
  • FREE SHIFT
    • SHIMANO’s unique shifting technology allowing riders to shift without pedaling
    • Manual and auto both available
  • Full Manual Electronic Shifting

Compatibility

  • SHIMANO EP600 and EP801 Drive Units

 

Shimano EP6 and EP8 drive units

Like Deore XT Di2, the CUES drivetrain will require the new EP600 or EP801 drive units that complete the system.

 

We’re told that the CUES derailleur will utilize the same XT level shifter from the 11-Speed LinkGlide XT Di2 group.

shimano-steps.com

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Bike Shop Life
Bike Shop Life
2 months ago

ebikes getting better every year

TypeVertigo
2 months ago

Judging from the “U” prefix on these parts, I’m guessing CUES is the successor to Metrea (U5000). Seems like this is a more logical way to go in terms of product differentiation. Metrea hewed too closely to Shimano’s road groupsets IMHO, with only their funky bullhorn STI levers to set them apart.