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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
The change for 9000 is one BCD for the entire lineup of crank options, would expect this to filter to lower groupsets purely as it's going to cost less to make 1 SKU rather then 2.

Who is the rest of the cycling world though!, the big players are Shimano, FSA and SRAM, as I said, it's only my feeling of what will happen, but Shimano hasn't made too many mistakes recently, since Bio-pace (a product before it's time), the MTB DCL's didn't take off, but struggling to think of what else has flopped for them, suggestions...
Low-normal derailleurs (rapid rise)
Numerous chainring bolt patterns, including the last generation DA triple, mid/late nineties STX, Alivio...
SPD Road pedals
Aluminum tall-flange cassette bodies
'remote'(bar end) mtb shifters
... there are more, I am sure.

Yes all the products that were practical and successful stuck around, but the products that disappear are seldom seen even when in production. Shimano's success comes from equal parts successful innovation, and quick removal from the catalogue of unsuccessful ones.
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