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New Shimano Add-On For Di2? You Heard It Here First…

While I am not a normal source for breaking news from within the cycling industry, this one is too good not to pass on.

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You can expect an announcement in the next few days from industry-leader Shimano regarding their new “Shimano High Intensity Telemetry” add-on for Di2. The new system is comprised of a series of sensors buried under the bar tape and saddle that measure various biometric parameters in real time via galvanic feedback from the skin on your hands and glutes. Quietly deployed in the pro peloton this year, the system provides the rider with feedback on heart rate, lactic acid levels, calculated V02 and, oddly, cholesterol and (on the women’s-specific model) predicted ovulation.

The units also have a GM “OnStar”-like concierge feature that streams rider data to a central location (believed to be a facility located inside the ShimanoLand theme park outside of Osaka, Japan) where it is monitored in real-time. Among the more intriguing services offered by this concierge service is what Shimano engineers are calling their “Bail Me Out” option: Shimano will hail an Uber driver for you if your biometric data reveals that you are too tired to continue. (This algorithm is based on your level of fitness as calculated from your age, number of miles this season, calculated BMI, and the proximity of a good coffee shop). The video feedback from the derailleur-mounted CM-1000 ShimanoVision “action cam” is directly compatible with Apple TV.

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6 Responses to “New Shimano Add-On For Di2? You Heard It Here First…”


  1. 1 Karl Hovey
    April 1, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Well done, sir. And a Happy April 1 to you, too!

    Karl “does the S.H.I.T. detect when it’s safe to emerge from timeout?” H.

  2. 2 Anonymous
    April 2, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Expected ovulation date is part of the bail out option?

  3. 5 Snowgoose
    April 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    What? No FCW, AEB or backup cameras?!
    Anyways, I think I’ll hold out until there’s a model that sends electrical shocks (via the seat) upon command. No, no, not for me! Thinking of the coaching possibilities here…

    • April 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Goose!

      Yes, the coaching possibilities with the new Shimano High Intensity Telemetry system are endless. Electrical shocks to the backsides and hands are just one option. How about coach-controlled gear selection? Is your athlete not working hard enough on that climb? Well, a couple of selections from a downloadable app (tentatively named “Coaching Remote Application Program”) sitting on the coach’s iPhone and – voila! – the derailleur moves and a more appropriate gear choice is made.


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