First Look: Shimano Di2 demo bike

How will £1,600 of electronic jiggery-pokery cope in British rain?

We've been given exclusive access to a Shimano demo bike fully equipped with the Japanese firm's ground-breaking Di2 electronic groupset.

We managed to get a brief spin on a Di2 bike at the gruppo's launch late last year, but as you can imagine getting hold of a bike with £1,600 of electronic jiggery-pokery on it has been tough.

We'll be putting the Di2 through it's paces over the next few weeks. Like you, we want to see if it really is quicker, better, sexier than doing it all for yourself. And we want to see if the batteries run out half way up an Alp, or if the electronics survive typical British riding weather. 

You'll be able to read about Di2's real-world performance in an upcoming issue of Cycling Plus, and we'll also have some exclusive video footage here on BikeRadar.

Shimano dura-ace di2 demo bike: shimano dura-ace di2 demo bike
Shimano dura-ace di2 demo bike: shimano dura-ace di2 demo bike

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK

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