Shimano Di2 E-Tube EW-SD50 Wire
Shimano's second generation wiring system for the road and mountain Di2 electronic shifting system is called e-Tube. The EW-SD50 wires are available in many lengths, feature connector ports on both ends, and are the primary connection system that allows you to link component pieces to junctions. There are many variations in Di2 set-up, depending on the frame size and design, routing points, handlebar type and width, etc. A typical road bike set-up, depending on the variables, is that five or six Di2 wires of various types will be needed. When measuring the frame or components to decide on the length of the Di2 E-Tube EW-SD50 wires you need, Shimano offers a basic formula for selecting the correct length. If you take a measurement of 425mm, add 50mm then round up, so in this example you would select a 500mm length. It is always better to have a cable that is longer than necessary. There is not need to try to save weight by getting to exact. It is easy to stash the extra length, especially for internally routed frame and handlebar designs.
e-Tube wires are used for all current Di2 systems with the exception of the first generation Dura-Ace 7970 Di2. These e-Tube Di2 wires represent an improvement over first generation Dura-Ace Di2 wires because e-Tube uses smaller 2 core wires instead of the 4 core versions (which required a 4 pin interface) used on first generation Di2, and the ports and plugs are much more robust for easier handling while still being slim. E-Tube wires are compatible for both internal and external routing so there is no need to buy separate internal or external wires. The E-Tube Di2 wires are lighter and stronger with smaller connections so there are smaller holes required in the frame for internal routing. Connections on the E-Tube system are inherently water tight without the requirement to install a shrink wrap seal.
- 2nd generation e-Tube Di2 wires for connecting components and junctions
- Compatible for both internal or external routing; connection ports on each end
- Shimano recommends you measure need, add 50mm, then go to next size up
- The snap-in waterproof connection system is slim and durable
- Select lengths from 150mm-1600mm, most in 50mm increments, some in 100mm
e-Tube wires are not compatible with 10-speed Dura-Ace 7970 Di2 components