Shimano bike components: the latest reviews, news and buying advice

Shimano bike components  the latest reviews  news and buying advice

Latest on Shimano's road and mountain bike gear

Shimano has been producing bike components for almost a century. As one of the ‘big three’ (Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo), Shimano groupsets and parts are always well-made, usually well-regarded and often well-priced. If you’re looking for the latest news and reviews of Shimano products, this is where you need to look.

Shimano: a brief history

Founded in Japan in 1921, the brand began life as Shimano Iron Works, producing innovative components that helped shape bikes into the machines we know and love today. It’s directly contributed to some of cycling’s biggest innovations, including indexed shifting, clipless pedals that pair with recessed shoecleats and dual-pivot brakes, among others.

Shimano 2018 component range 

While it also manufactures a multitude of components including handlebars, stems and seatposts, as well as clothing, eyewear, bags and footwear, Shimano is best known for its road and MTB groupsets.

Shimano now offers electronic Di2 shifting in its top-end road (Dura-Ace/Ultegra) and MTB (XTR and XT) groupsets, and in the past few years has also added hydraulic disc brakes to its higher-end road groupsets.

The company produces a wide range of groupsets across all disciplines.

Shimano road groupsets explained

In road cycling, it has six groupsets:

Shimano mountain bike groupsets explained

In mountain biking it has four XC and trail groupsets:

For downhillers/freeriders, there are two:

And finally there are five recreational MTB groupsets:

We could go on, but you get the idea.

Where can you buy Shimano bike components?

Shimano bike components, accessories and clothing can be found in pretty much any bike shop, anywhere. They are far and away the most common choice of the big bike brands.

Shimano component reviews

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