2003 XTR Preview! Shimano’s flagshDrivetrain:

2003 XTR Preview!
Shimano’s flagshDrivetrain:
It is still 9-speed and compatible with current 9-s components, although
there are updates in drivetrain technology.

The new crankset is still hollow, but is now a two-piece setup (the
bottom bracket spindle is one-piece with the driveside crankarm, the left
crankarm clamps onto the splines similar to a BMX design). Bearings are housed outboard of the bb shell to allow for the large-diameter spindle.

Compact drive is the order of the day- a 44 tooth large chainring will come stock on the new crank.

Rear Derailleur:
The rear derailleur is low-regular only- RapidRise.

Shifters:
The new shifters are further integrated with the brake levers, and offer a couple options in shifting technique. It definitely ain’t like it used to be.

Brakes:
Yup, open system, opposed-piston Hydraulic discs, compatible with either post mount or international standard tabs. The rotors are a two-piece, steel/aluminum design that attach to the hubs via a lockring and splined fitting, similar to how the cassette attaches to a freehub body. Meaning, the hub is redesigned as well.
ip group gets an update.

Mountain Bike – News –

Mountain Bike – News – Answer’s Manitou to launch 5th element in 2003 Eric Carter, Intense, and Santa Cruz all began to play around with and race (successfully) on the 5th Element last season, with the latter two entering into exclusive OE deals with Progressive. That’s right, Intense and Santa Cruz are the only two companies you’ll see spec’ing das wundershock in ’02.

Mountain Bike – News –

Mountain Bike – News – Klein to replace Adept with Maverick-based design in 2003. The Klein design will be called the Palomino, and should hit stores for the 2003 season, and will replace the Adept platform. Klein’s Harry Spehar said there will be three bikes available, with kits based around Shimano LX, XT and XTR on the same frame. The Palomino will also be available as a frame only. Frame price should be in the $1300-$1500 range, said Spehar, with bikes ranging from “in the low $2000s to around $4000,” depending on final spec and production cost. Klein has already been assisting Maverick with its in-house frame production. Maverick’s own frames cost $2700 for the frame, shock, headset and special front derailleur.