Shimano Inc is a Japanese multinational company which was founded in February of 1921 and specilises in manufacturing cycling components, fishing tackle and snowboarding equipment.
Shimano globally leads the way when it comes to innovation and distribution of bicycle components, commanding approximately 50% of the market share. Within the Shimano range of products are riding shoes, wheels, brake systems, drivetrain components, pedals and sunglasses, all of which cater for road, mountain, and hybrid bikes. Generally speaking these bicycle components come together to make a group set, which consists of all the working mechanical parts of a bike.
Components within a group set vary, depending on the style of bicycle, however most bikes include the following: crank set (comprising cranks and chainrings), bottom bracket, chain, cassette/freewheel, front and rear wheel hubs, gear shift levers, brakes, brake levers, derailleur/brake cables, front and rear gear derailleurs.
Shimano group sets for road bikes are:
- Dura ace Di2 (7970) 10 speed electronic
- Dura Ace (7900)
- Dura Ace Track (7700)
- Ultegra (6700)
- 105 (5700)
- Tiagra (3500)
- Sora (3400)
- 2200 (2300)
At the top of the Shimano group set range are Dura Ace group sets. The advantage Dura Ace group sets have over additional group sets is weight and responsiveness under pressure. Shimano Dura Ace is designed using the lightest and structurally integral materials possible. This not only keeps the overall weight of the bike to a minimum but also means the group set components will perform under high amounts of pressure and torque.
Shimano group sets for mountain bikes are:
- Cross Country Sets- XTR (M970) 9 speed, Deore XT (M770) 9 and 10 speed, SLX (M660) 9 and 10 speed and Deore (M590) 9 Speed.
Top of the range Shimano group sets for mountain bikes is XTR. This is a light weight and highly durable group set for cross country riding. As with the Shimano Dura Ace group set, the Shimano XTR group set is designed with the same principles in mind, high performance components which keep overall weight to a minimum and will be responsive and reliable under high amounts of pressure. This is what a Shimano XTR group set deliver.
Shimano also offers a range of wheel sets for road, mountain and recreational use.
Shimano Road Bike Wheel Sets
At the top of the range for road riders are the Dura Ace wheel sets. There are 5 different models available within the Dura Ace wheel set range. Dura Ace wheels sets are concerned with speed, minimum weight and stiffness to achieve the maximum efficiency and power output for road racers.
The next level of road wheels are the Ultegra wheel sets which offer 2 sets of wheels within the range. These wheels have proven Dura Ace technologies with slightly less exotic materials used in order to make them affordable as well as fast.
Lastly Shimano offers a RoadSportRange of wheels sets for recreational/training/daily use. Within this range there are 4 different models to choose from. These wheels also integrate Dura Ace technologies however the materials used allow for a more economical price point.
Dura Ace WH-7850-C50-TU
Dura Ace WH-7850-C50-CL
Long Rides/All Rounder
Dura Ace WH-7850-C24-TU
Dura Ace WH-7850-C24-CL
Long Rides/All Rounder
Dura Ace WH-7850-SL
Road Sport WH-RS30
Road Sport WH-R500
Road Sport WH-RS20-L
Road Sport WH-RS20-S
Shimano Mountain Bike Wheel Sets
At the top of the range mountain bike wheels are the XTR series and within the product range there are 3 XTR wheel sets. The XTR Wheel Sets have been developed to be lighter in weight and engineered to withstand both braking and lateral forces. XTR wheels deliver sound design, durability, clean appearance and bombproof bearings as well as compatibility with tubeless and standard tires.
Next in line are the Shimano Deore XT wheel sets. In this range there are 4 sets of Shimano Deore XT wheels to choose from. Shimano Deore XT Wheels Sets inherit the proven XTR design while expanding the range for different riding styles and terrain. Shimano Deore XT wheels feature tubeless/standard tire compatibility in all 4 models.
Shimano Mountain Sport wheels sets round off the mountain bike wheel range with 5 sets of wheels to choose from. Shimano Mountain Sports wheels are designed to offer great features and great value. With both the 26" and 29" wheel available as well as compatibility with disc brakes and V-Brakes they are designed for serious off-road fun.
Deore XT WH-M775
Deore XT WH-MT75
Deore XT WH-M776
Mountain Sport WH-T565
Mountain Sport WH-MT65
Mountain Sport WH-MT15
Mountain Sport WH-M505
Shimano Riding Shoes
Shimano Road Bike Riding Shoes
Shimano offers a top of the range road riding shoe called The Road Competition series. There are 3 different shoes within this range and all shoes combine the three most important properties of a competitive racing shoe: Stability, Rigidity and Light Weight. The best of these shoes also offer a Custom-Fit option, giving you the perfect anatomical fit.
The Road Competition series is the next series of shoe that Shimano offers. Within this range there are four different shoes all of which combine the three most important properties of a competitive racing shoe: Stability, Rigidity and Light Weight.
Shimano then offers The Road Sport series of shoes which has 4 styles of shoe within its range and once again embodies the three most important properties of a competitive racing shoe: Stability, Rigidity and Light Weight, with the added bonus of being less expensive.
The next range of Shimano shoes are the Road Touring series which offers 2 different shoes specific to road sports/touring riding. The RT-Series will appeal to a wide range of cyclists who want a lightweight & versatile SPD shoe/pedal system for all-around riding, touring and fitness cycling. These models use the recessed MTB-style SPD cleat for off-the-bike walking comfort.
Lastly in Shimano’s road shoe category is the Triathlon Series shoes. Within this series there are 4 models which are designed for the demands of the Triathlon/Multi-Sport competition. These shoes include good ventilation, seamless interiors and quick drying mesh for increased comfort when riding without socks. All models are designed to help you make faster transitions, more efficient pedaling strokes while still maintaining a high level of comfort.
ShimanoMountain Bike Riding Shoes
Within the mountain bike range there an assortment of shoes to choose from. At the top of the range are the Mountain Competition shoes, also known as the M-Series. There are 4 different models of shoes in this range which are intended for MTB enthusiasts. These shoes are created to be efficient, well fitted, stable and durable to suit the style of high-level off-road performance.
Mountain Sport shoes are the next range of ShimanoMountain biking shoes and consist of 6 different models. These shoes are intended for competitive riders, off road riders, touring riders and fitness enthusiasts. These are a high quality, versatile off road riding shoe.
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