Shimano has introduced three 12-speed racing groups in the Dura-Ace, Ultegra, and 105 ranges, all featuring electronic shifting. While the Di2 electronic system is undeniably impressive and always a delight to test, it hasn't exactly made bicycles more budget-friendly. However, there's good news for those seeking affordability. Alongside the 105 Di2, Shimano has now launched a mechanical version, offering 12-speed capability at a more accessible price point.
We're eager to see the cost of entire bikes equipped with this new mechanical setup. However, it's essential to note that many of the latest frame designs are now exclusively tailored for electronic shifting systems. This suggests the mechanical 105 might not be suitable for every modern bike out there. But for those still favoring traditional derailleur cables, there are ample opportunities to benefit from this new 12-speed offering.
The suggested retail price for the mechanical 12-speed group is set at 1095 euros. However, it's common to find this kind of component group pre-installed on bikes as a standard feature. So, potential buyers might find better value when purchasing a complete bike with this groupset already integrated.