Fascinated by bicycles Shozaburo Shimano opened Shimano iron works with a single metal lather in 1921 to produce a one-speed freewheel, a key component for city bikes at the time. Just 10 years later, the young Shimano company was exporting it’s freewheel to China. By the mid 1950's the development of the ''external speed charger'' that is now known as the derailleur begun. Not long after that Shimano's 3-speed internal hub debuted and received sensational feedback. This led to huge sales in America, and the opening of Shimano American Corporation in New York.
As the United States bicycle business boomed in the 1970's Shimano stepped in to fill the void as the demand exceeded many European bicycle manufacturers. By the 1980's Shimano's technological innovations and low prices helped them to become the world leader in bicycle components. Today Shimano product sales constitute 50% of the global bicycle component market. Their products include drivetrain, brake, wheels and pedal components for road, mountain and hybrid bikes.
You only have to look through the Pro peloton to see that Shimano is one of the most popular choices amongst road riders. Whether you are a pro rider, amateur rider or social rider then Shimano will have the components to suit your needs and budget. If it’s a full groupset you want then shimano have you covered, whether it’s the entry level Claris model, mid-range 105 model or top of the range Dura-Ace Di2 there is something for everyone’s needs. As well as drivetrain components Shimano also do a range of wheels including the popular R500 which is one of the best value wheels on the market and a full range of clipless pedals ranging from the entry level R540 through to the top end Dura-Ace PD900 model. No matter what component you need Shimano will have you covered!
Shimano are a major player in the world of mountain biking as well with their XTR range being used by pro XC racers and their top end Saint gravity groupset being used on the many of the world cup downhill teams bikes. Shimano cater for all levels of riding with Deore being their entry level groupset, SLX mid-range and XT being only just being pipped to the post by the new XTR 11 Speed groupset which is set to take the mountain biking community by storm. Shimano’s disc brakes and wheels are also well worth a look through if you are in need of quality replacement parts as value for money and performance is always part of Shimano’s vocabulary.