A while ago the new 105-5700 series components were shown. That was not a surprise – everyone was expecting it. The thing that took us off guard was that for the first time in memory Shimano decided to differentiate the Ultegra and 105 brake hoods.

I can’t say that I’m overly surprised. We were waiting with our Ultegra-6700 mold for just that reason. After the Dura Ace 7900 levers came out and had different shapes between the right and left levers I thought this was a possibility, but I hoped it wouldn’t happen.

Now we are working on a solution. It has put us back a while on introducing our 6700-compatible hoods, but will make it possible for us to build 5700-compatible hoods this year as well rather than putting us further behind with development.

Please be patient, once we have more information (like an actual 105 lever) in hand, we’ll be able to give a better idea as to when the 6700 hoods will be available…