Shimano at Halfords
Shimano has always been a well-respected name within the cycling world. Known mainly for their reliable and globally used Shimano Gears, their products can be seen on many low and high end bike models. Innovators of the Shimano SPD, as a company they strive to improve the cycling experience for all levels of rider.
Their products are proven too, with Shimano components seeing victories in Tour De France as well as world championships wins in both road and time trail disciplines. So you know you're buying a product that's tried and tested.
Shimano Gears and Drivetrain ? Getting You Moving
Bicycle components have come a long way since Shimano first started producing them in 1951. Shimano's aim was always to rethink the basic bicycle system, see where it can improve and innovate it into something better.
Shimano Gears and drivetrains are synonymous with reliability and performance. Teaming up the gears with Shimano's highly developed drivetrain gives you a smooth riding experience. Notable Shimano gearing innovations include, 'Index Shifting' (known as SIS) in 1984 which gave bikers more control over gear selection by mounting the shift onto the gear levers. Since then Shimano have continued to improve and develop their gearing and drivetrain systems to give you the best performance.
Shimano Pedals and Shimano Shoes - Ultimate Fitment
In 1990 Shimano came up with a radical idea named, 'Shimano Pedalling Dynamics' (SPD). Their aim was to create a range of clipless pedals and matching Shimano SPD Shoes, designed specifically for walking as well as cycling. Original clipless road pedals had smooth soles with protruding cleats that made walking difficult, so Shimano developed a recess in the sole where the smaller cleat could fit.
Now you can find SPD shoes and pedals for all types of cycling discipline, from rugged soles for mountain biking to lightweight sleek designs for road racing.
Shimano Brakes - Stopping Power
Over the years Shimano have also helped to improve and develop braking systems. Stopping power is just as important as acceleration and speed, after all without powerful and reliable brakes you won't have any control.
For braking Shimano developed the 'SLR' and 'Servo Wave' both of these systems provide different responses and feel through the brake levers. While the 'STI' or 'Shimano Total Integration' allows the rider to shift gears without taking their hands off the brake levers. This new design added convenience, especially in uphill and downhill sections.
Shimano not only create innovative braking systems, they also supply anything from v brakes and pads, to hydraulic disc brakes. Trust in Shimano to give you stopping power.