Right lets get down to the detail on this one. Essentially the T500 and 700 look identical to the disinterested or untrained eye. However the T700 is clothed throughout in Shimano XT....... including the rear hub. This is very high spec and makes for a world class machine. Very quick, with superb handling and super slick gear shifting.
The other significant difference between these two super steeds is that the T700 runs with magura HS 11 2 finger hydraulic rim brakes as opposed to the Deore v brakes on the T500.
Lighting is significantly upgraded on the 700. The dynamo is the same but the 700 front light has double the brightness( 50 lux ) with it's B&M Lumotec IQ2 EYC with standlight and the rear led on the 700 is the same as the T900........B&M Line with standlight.
Minor (ish ) other differences are more subtle but are still upgrades on the T700........Ergon GP1 grips on the 700 as opposed to Hermanns on the T500........the saddle is Selle Royal Ariel on both but the T700 has lookin gel for somewhat more comfort.
It is worth pointing out that at each step up there is a hub gear and multi geared bike within that step. The hub geared version of the T700 now runs with the Shimano Alfine 11 speed whereas the T500 hub geared option runs with the Alfine 8 speed .
|The T700 30 speed|
|And from the left......|
|Showing the XT rear derailleur|
|And the XT chainset|
|fantastic B&M Lumotec IQ with 50 Lux|
|Showing the Magura HS 11 brake system|
|Same hub dynamo as the T500|
|Exal MX19 double walled with eyeletted stainless spokes|
|Hebie 611 rear kickstand|
|Selle Royal Ariel with Lookin Gel|
|Showing part of cockpit area .......Magura 2 finger lever and XT shifter|
|XT hub on rear wheel. Rolls beautifully.|