I've seen that the Shimano LinkGlide range starts to be available in shops. LinkGlide is a new sub-range (flat handle bar, Deore and XT) that emphasizes on durability, meant for e-bikes and commuters. Shimano claims a 3x durability and a 4x wear resistance. It could then be interesting for commuters or people interested in lowering the intervals between chain and cassette replacements.
However, Shimano presents the range as a "package" (shifter, derailleur, cassette, chain and rear hub, one Deore variant 10-speed, 11/43 cassette and one XT variant 11-speed, 11/50 cassette), but doesn't indicate the compatibility with "regular" components. I understood that chain/cassette have been redesigned, which would explain a lack of compatibility with standard chain/cassettes. I also read that pull ratios are different than standard MTB components, so derailleurs and shifters must be used in pair.
But what about replacing only the chain and the cassette? For example, the bikes sold with 10-speed 11/42 cassette (Deore M5120/M6000) seem eligible to 10-speed 11/43 LinkGlide cassettes chain without deviating too much from the specs. The same would apply as well to MTBs with 11-speed 11/5x cassettes (these would rather have an SRAM derailleur though).
Shimano also doesn't indicate compatibility for chainrings. Given the range is presented as 1x, could any narrow-wide chainring work? Could it be used with a 2x?
They also include specific hub, but the text only says that they come with a spacer required for LinkGlide. What about freehub body compatibility then?