Located throughout Asia, Europe, Japan, North and South America and Oceania, Shimano is famous for its bicycle components. With its headquarters in Japan, this flourishing company boasts upwards of 12,500 employees, to bring bike parts to companies and people around the world. From its humble beginnings in Sakai City in 1921, founder Shozaburo Shimano began production of the bicycle freewheel.
Shimano product sales comprise 50% of the global bicycle component market. Its products include drivetrain, brake, wheel and pedal components for road, mountain, and hybrid bikes. With a drive to stay at the top of its market, Shimano has not lost sight of why they do what they do. Their mission statement is “To promote health and happiness through the enjoyment of nature and the world around us.” With that statement, why would anyone look further when it comes to purchasing bike parts?
Whether you are buying a new bike, or upgrading your current metal steed, gear sets will make a big difference to your enjoyment and speed. Shimano specializes and excels at road groupsets. Less weight usually comes with more expensive components, as does easier shifting and greater comfort, but there are options available at every price point.Shimano is among the leading manufacturers, and most popular, for these essential elements – the chainset, cassette, shifters, chain, and derailleurs.
For cranksets, Shimano has revealed the affordable Ultegra 6800 group. This race inspired group is super fast, reliable, and gives a smooth ride. One of the best
Shimano’s Ultegra 6800 Cassette consists of 11 steel cogs riveted onto an aluminum carrier that’ll help reduce wear on your freehub body, and comes in a wide variety of gear options, from an 11x23t to a 12-32t.
Shimano proves itself by using technology from XTR and dropping it into the 11-speed XT drivetrain. Components like the XT SL-M8000 RapidFire Trigger Shifter offers the usual excellence but at a lower, budget-friendly price. However, despite the lower price, the M8000 Shifter still commands precise gear shifts that ensure a smooth ride through the most rugged terrain, which means overall less hand fatigue and more hours out on the trail.
Whether you are building up a custom bike or replacing a chain that is ready for retirement, Shimano's XTR/Dura-Ace CN-HG901 11-Speed Chain represents the best you can get in Shimano's line, which is appropriate, as it's designed to be used with the brand's pro-level XTR and Dura-Ace drivetrains. Like the ones before it, the HG901 features a slight asymmetry to allow it pair perfectly with Shimano's 9000-series drivetrain for smooth gear shifts and excellent power transfer. With Shimano's inventive SIL-TEC low friction treatment, this chain glides through the cogs with minimal friction, leaving you only to think about the terrain and not chain problems.
In addition to bike parts, Shimano cares about the rider and the rider’s comfort, carrying lines of shoes, clothing, backpacks and other accessories. They are a company that has listened to their customers and continued striving to provide the very best to consumers. If you need any type of bike gear set or other accessories, looking at the lineup from Shimano is a great place to start.