We’ve put together a Viaje with the new Shimano 105 11 speed group and new SRAM Centerline rotors! Our initial impressions are that the shifting is slightly more crisp compared to it’s bigger brothers and is as easy to maintain as previous generations. The new 105 also comes in the GS rear derailleur which allows us to include an 11-32 long range cassette, so basically any large hill or even mountain can be tackled.
A really neat addition to the bikes are the SRAM Centerline rotors. In our testing of the rotors down a very wet North Ogden Divide (~10% grade) they were extremely quiet and gave consistent braking power. All of our models can now come spec’d with the impressive Centerline rotors.
We plan to test the group further with the R685 mechanical hydraulic shifting when it becomes available at the beginning of October.
The base 105 11 speed group on our steel Viaje starts at $2,545, while the 105 11 speed full carbon Liscio starts at $3,116.