Wireless Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-9250 (July 2021)

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Previous Di2 models were introduced as follows, 10 speed (2009, 7970), 11 speed (2012, 9070), 11 Speed (2016, 9170) and such new tech comes first to DuraAce.

These diagrams, above, are of Shimano’s new rear derailleur for 2021. They come from a public FCC report which has invoked a confidentiality clause on some items until 26 July 2021 (those have not been leaked). Other documents filed here give more clues. From all this documentation we get the following:

  • FILING INFO: Whilst only a pre-production unit, it is stated to be representative of the product to be later sold.
  • FILING INFO: It’s a rear derailleur, model number 3GK1 (Existing wired Di2 DuraAce derailleur is sold as RD-R9150, 3GK1 are random numbers as allowed by FCC)
  • FILING INFO: Mention is made of RD-9250 in the filing.
  • FILING INFO: It contains a 7.4V battery. It is not wired to a battery and is independently powered with this battery.
  • SPECULATION: There seems to be no obvious indication from the diagram if the battery is replaceable or integral.
  • FILING INFO: This pre-approved BLE/ANT+ module forms part of the new rear derailleur
  • FILING INFO: It communicates over Bluetooth Low Energy and ANT+
  • SPECULATION: Effective use is ANT+ only with BLE for configuring via the Shimano E-Tube app.
  • INFORMATION: Previous filings by Shimano do not include a rear derailleur (they were not wireless and I assume the wired derailleurs did not need certification)
  • CONCLUSION: This is a wireless rear derailleur
  • SPECULATION: likely a new Dura-Ace rear derailleur, retail coding Shimano RD-9250
  • FILING INFO: It will be released on or about 26 July 2021

 

Take Out

It’s either an 11-Speed or 12-Speed wireless Shimano Dura-Ace rear derailleur RD-9270 for release in summer 2021 to celebrate the approx. 100th anniversary of Shimano’s founding in February 1921.

I’m guessing it will come with other bits too 😉

 

More Info: I’ve covered this earlier and in more details here, Shimano Dura-Ace for 2021

 

2020-21 Speculation | Shimano Dura-Ace R9200p | Wireless Di2

 

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3 thoughts on “Wireless Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-9250 (July 2021)

  1. RD-R9250 is in the firmware filename mentioned in the docs, so I’m guessing it’ll be R9250, not R9270 ;-).
    (and BT-DN300 battery, to be used with the EW-SD300 wire)

    That would be consistent with current Shimano naming as only the shift levers are xx50 for rim and xx70 for disc, the derailleurs are r9150 (not 70) and r8050.

    But yeah… who knows. They may change everything around again, because like you wrote, 6870 and 9070 exist too 🙂

    I bet it’s going to be released before July 26, but that’s just when the FCC confidentiality expires.

    Exciting times!

    1. huh, no i think you’re right with the extrapolation. I meant to write what you said.
      HOWEVER, there could be a different naming based on it being wireless.
      that said, i missed the mention of 9250 in the docs so that then brings it back to what you said. I’m just going to get my eraser out….

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