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Smooth, strong and sustainable

Made to last

Say hello to reduced drivetrain wear and tear. Thanks to SHIMANO DEORE XT and DEORE with LINKGLIDE technology, you can enjoy high-mileage, low-maintenance cycling for years to come – without worrying about having to replace or repair components.

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LINKGLIDE is designed to be robust yet deliver smooth, seamless shifts for a truly comfortable riding experience – even when you push your e-bike to the limits.

So whether it’s an everyday journey or all-terrain adventure, you get to relax and focus on the pure enjoyment of riding.

  • Strong tech, smooth mech
  • High mileage, low maintenance
  • More performance, less pedal shock

Tried and trusted tech

LINKGLIDE technology builds upon HYPERGLIDE+ technology – favoured by sports riders and racers who appreciate quick shifts and having less grams on board. LINKGLIDE drivetrains have been specifically engineered to be more durable yet still deliver smooth and decisive shifting – along with a great pedalling experience.

Under the bonnet

DEORE XT and DEORE with LINKGLIDE technology have been robustly engineered to significantly reduce daily wear and tear. An optimised teeth profile and shifting gate will keep your chain on the bike – and keep chain skips at bay – for longer. You’ll also benefit from smoother shifting, down and up, and reduced pedal shock – particularly suited to the brisk acceleration and deceleration of e-bikes. 

Cassette (CS)

More durable. Seamless shifting.

We honed the teeth profile to create a unique top shape to reduce wear and tear and boost chain performance. We also made the base of the teeth thicker and more robust to minimise short-term degradation that causes chain skips. This will ensure a smooth driving performance for years to come. 


  • Significantly improved resistance to wear and tear in high-torque applications*
  • Slower decline in shifting performance
  • Increased chain retention
  • More mileage before chain skips start to occur

* Rigorous tests have proven that LINKGLIDE is 3x more durable than HYPERGLIDE.

Shifting gate
We optimised the shifting gate design and position so the chain moves more smoothly between cogs – minimising jumps that can impact shifting and pedalling smoothness.


  • Smoother 2-way shifting, up and down the cassette
  • Reduced pedal shock while shifting caused by high chain tension*
  • Smoother pedalling performance

*Especially noticeable on down-shifts where pedal shock is greater due to the larger forces involved. This design improvement is particularly beneficial for e-bikes.

LINKGLIDE Cassette 11-speed (11-50T)

  • Gear combination:
  • Sprockets 11T, 13T, 15T are replaceable

LINKGLIDE Cassette 10-speed (11-43T)

  • Gear combination:
  • Sprockets 11T, 13T, 15T are replaceable

Rear Derailleur (RD)

Smooth shifting and optimised chain performance

DEORE XT Rear Derailleur
SHIMANO SHADOW RD+ (1x11-speed)

DEORE Rear Derailleur
SHIMANO SHADOW RD+ (1x10-speed)

  • Integrated design with LINKGLIDE cassette
  • Smoother shifting
  • Reduced chain slap
  • Enhanced stabiliser for improved chain stability
  • Low-profile design optimised for rough terrain

Shift Lever (SL)

Quick & decisive shifting, enhanced control and adaptability

I-SPEC EV | Right Shift Lever (11-speed)

Instant release | Right Shift Lever Clamp Band (11-speed)

Optical Gear Display | Right Shift Lever Clamp Band (10-speed)

  • Quick lever access and light operation
    for decisive shifting
  • Customisable ergonomics
  • More cockpit control

Chain (CN)

Unified cross-drivetrain compatibility

  • New CN-LG500 at a more affordable price point
  • Compatible with 10 and 11-speed LINKGLIDE drivetrains systems

Why upgrade?

Smooth and seamless performance that’s made to last
SHIMANO DEORE XT and DEORE with LINKGLIDE technology are not compatible with other SHIMANO drivetrains. That’s why you’ll need to upgrade to the entire LINKGLIDE drivetrain: cassette, rear derailleur, shift lever and (optional) chain. However, not only will this ensure a seamless shifting and pedalling performance for years to come, but it will help retain your bike’s value and keep it looking new. Plus, it will require less maintenance.

What drivetrain tech are you?

Rider or racer?
An everyday rider who wants to enjoy comfortable journeys for years to come?
Choose LINKGLIDE. Sporty and competitive? Opt for HYPERGLIDE+.

Lightweight or long-lasting?
HYPERGLIDE+ drivetrains are specifically designed to be lightweight. After all, a few less grams can make all the difference. LINKGLIDE is a little heavier but more durable which allows you to get the most out of your bike. Made to go the extra mile, it requires less maintenance and also retains more value over the years.

Quicker shifts or smoother shifts?
In a race, every second counts. HYPERGLIDE+ technology delivers when it comes to high-performance precision shifting in all riding conditions. If you’re not racing against the clock, however, but after an enjoyable ride, LINKGLIDE will provide a sublime shifting and pedalling experience – even when you hit the gas or change gears uphill. Newcomers to the world of e-bikes who are still learning about shifting techniques will also benefit from everything LINKGLIDE has to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

LINKGLIDE technology

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