Virtually all bike enthusiasts around the world have heard of Shimano. Shimano produces some of the best bike parts and components on the market for road, mountain and hybrid bikes. Shimano gears, state of the art derailleurs and switches are particularly popular, and their clipless pedal systems are also widely used. The company additionally assembles a range of components including chain spikes, hub gears, bike cassettes, crankshafts and pedals. For all that, Shimano offers far more than just bike components. They also manufacture durable and well-designed shoes for both racing and mountain biking.
Shimano past and present: The story behind an iconic brand
Throughout Shimano’s 96-year-old history, the company has prided itself in developing innovative products that go well beyond the expectations of cyclists. The company was established in 1921 by 26-year-old Shozaburo Shimano in Higashi Minato in Sakai City. The 40 square metre factory, known as Shimano Iron Works, specialised in the invention and production of free wheels. By the 1950s, Shimano was producing external and internal speed changers, and by 1961, the company had established branches across the globe and had presented the 3-speed hub in New York City. In 1973 the Shimano Racing Team was launched and by 1991, they had developed racing shoes and mountain bike racing components for professional racers. Thanks to their continued innovations and developments, as well as the production of high-quality products, Shimano is one of the best-known and biggest brands in the bike components arena today.
Shimano: High-performance bike components
Of all the bike parts and components available on the market, Shimano is widely recognised for producing world-class switches. Their switches are constructed from aluminium and stainless steel to create flawless and lightweight products that appeal right across the market. Professional road and MTB cyclists may choose to use the highest quality components from the Shimano product series, such as Dura Ace, Deore and Ultegra, while regular cyclists could go for high-quality value options from the XT or SLX ranges. Shimano also manufactures first-class cycling shoes made from synthetic and genuine leather for both MTB and racing cyclists. The fit is designed to give the cyclist outstanding comfort, while features such as Velcro straps, shock absorbing padding and reinforced soles make them ideal for all kinds of weather conditions and terrains. Shimano gears and pedals are designed for both racing bikes and mountain bikes. The pedals are developed in durable materials such as aluminium and chrome and fit the Shimano shoes in order to maximise speed and performance. Shimano develops bike parts that are of the best quality. Every bicycle part, including their switches, is rigorously tested to ensure that it meets all the company’s stringent requirements - and the demands of the customer. Whatever your biking needs, Shimano has you covered.