Shimano 105-level disc brake pricing confirmed

Hydraulic stoppers out in time for Christmas

Remember Shimano’s 105-level disc brakes, announced back in April? They’re on sale now, priced at £399 for the set (US and Aus pricing to be confirmed). This includes front and rear brake calipers (flat mount), RS-505 shifter/brake levers and gear cables – but not the 140mm Ice-Tech rotors.

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The system is also available in the older post mount format at a slightly dearer £425 for the complete set of front and rear. We expect both incarnations to be widely specced by bike manufacturers in 2016 – and if performance is anything like the existing RS-685 brakes then they’ll definitely be a popular upgrade choice for riders with mechanical 11-speed Shimano drivetrains.

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For comparison, the existing RS-685 shifter/brake levers and levers cost £479 for the complete system, again not including rotors. That makes the new 105-level brakes around £80 cheaper than the lauded RS-685 brakes, which were Shimano’s first foray into mechanical shifting/hydraulic braking for road bikes. The top-end RS-785 system has also received acclaim if you want hydraulic braking with Di2 shifting.

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Shimano 105 st-rs505 will use a flat-mount brake and ice-tech finned pads:
Shimano’s new 105 ST-RS505 will use a flat-mount brake and Ice-Tech finned pads

Shimano says that the RS-505 brake levers are 11-speed compatible and weigh roughly the same as the non-series RS-685 brake levers. However, the new RS-505 levers have a different construction to reduce cost, hence why they have a slightly different and larger shape. The new RS-505 brakes are also supplied with a lower-spec gear cable.

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Like every other Shimano hydraulic brake, they will use Shimano’s mineral oil and work with the funnel bleed option. The existing RT81-SS 140mm rotors are the matching rotor for the new brakes. These use ICE heat management technology, sandwiching an alloy core between steel braking surfaces.

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UK riders should head to the Madison website to order a set of 105-level disc brakes – or send your loved ones some not-so-subtle hints, if you’ve been good this year.

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