Shimano Reviews and News

After Otter: More Sea Otter finds

Don’t call ‘em leftovers, but we had so many things for our Otter Pops daily coverage from the Sea Otter Classic, we had to do a follow-up post. Check out the cool new stuff from Pivot, Felt, Commencal, Shimano and more.

Read More »

Sea Otter Video: New Shimano XTR 11-speed Group 2014

Shimano Europe Product Coordinator Bas Von Dooren takes a few minutes out of his day at Sea Otter to walk us through the features and benefits of the new Shimano XTR group set.

Read More »

Boothstorming Sea Otter: Shimano highlights new XTR 11-speed group

We take a peek inside Shimano’s booth at the Sea Otter Classic which is—not surprisingly—all XTR 11-speed, all the time.

Read More »

Hot News: Shimano releases new 11-speed XTR group with 1x, 2x and 3x configurations

Shimano officially announced the long-anticipated release of a new 11-speed XTR mountain bike component group today in both Race and Trail tuned versions.

Read More »

First Look: Shimano launches hydraulic road, cross brakes for non-electric group

Shimano has announced the release of their first hydraulic road and cross disc brake system for use with mechanical shifters, the ST-RS685 levers and BR-RS785 calipers.

Read More »

Video Quick Tour: Shimano American Corporation

We took a trip down the California coast to Shimano’s North American headquarters last week and lest you think the bike component juggernaut is resting on their laurels, we’re here to tell you they’re locked-and-loaded for 2015 and beyond.

Read More »

Round-Up: Four polar vortex-fighting mountain bike shoes to keep your feet warm and dry

We test four different winter MTB shoes to find the ideal kicks for wet, muddy and sub-freezing conditions.

Read More »

Enduro Compare-O: The Mtbr test crew picks their favorite Dream Bike Spec components

Our test crew picks their ultimate, no-holds-barred component mix from the Enduro Compare-O in our Dream Spec feature.

Read More »

Motocross Star Chad Reed Rides Mountain Bikes to Top of Supercross Podium

Shimano pimps out Supercross star Chad Reed’s mountain bike and he wins Anaheim 3. Coincidence?

Read More »

Announced: Shimano CM-1000 POV sport camera

Shimano’s CM-1000 POV Camera is a significant announcement to cyclists. This POV market is exploding in popularity but sales are dominated by a single player, GoPro. This Shimano introduction is significant because of two things: quality and due diligence.

Read More »

Review: Shimano SLX Group

The new SLX group is quite the bargain at $928, and the powerful brakes, durability, great gearing options and good shifting, make for an excellent package.

Read More »

Washington State Enduro Series Benefits Trails

New five-race Cascadia Dirt Cup series offers top notch racing while giving back to local communities by donating a portion of its revenues to trail development and trail maintenance.

Read More »

Shimano – New XTR, Carbon 29er Wheels and more!

Shimano announces all new XTR carbon tubular 29er wheels! Also, some highlights from the new XTR group including improvements to the new disc brakes, hubs, bottom bracket and chains.

Read More »

Shimano Announces new 650B/27.5″ Wheelsets for 2014

-Plus New Deore M610 Group, Improved/More Durable Chains, Expanded Dyna-Sys Gearing and More- Several pieces of big news were announced today by Shimano and chief among these was the new 650B/27.5″ wheels.

Read More »

Photo Gallery: Shimano Southridge USA Winter Series Super D – Fontana

We have a gang of photos and full results from the Shimano Southridge USA Winter Series Super D – Fontana Round 3. Mtbr also had the chance to talk to Shimano main man (and Pro Racer), Joe Lawwill about the series and Shimano’s involvement. Check out what Joe has to say and if you’re in

Read More »

Pix of the Custom Strength in Numbers Trek Session 9.9 Carbon

At this year’s Sea Otter Classic, the hottest MTB movie from Anthill Films (the guys that brought you “Follow Me”) was “Strength In Numbers”. At the time, there was a huge contest going on and the grand prize was a custom Trek Session 9.9 The winners of the contest are Matt Miles and Karl Heldt.

Read More »

Shimano Rokko Hydration Packs and New Eyewear

The Shimano Rokko Hydration Pack was designed by an engineer with years of experience (he used to used to work for another pack company.) The straps are made to sit differently from other packs. The Rider Fit Cross Harness forms an X shape in front of the chest. The pack is adjustable XXL to SM

Read More »

Vanderham Takes Flight on New Saint

Vanderham Takes Flight Thomas Vanderham knows what it feels like to defy gravity I have always taken inspiration for my riding not only from my peers and my sport, but from other sports as well. Starting from a young age, I was always a fan of the high-flyers. From Terje Haakonsen to Michael Jordan to

Read More »

Northwest Trail Alliance Bike Raffle

Universal Cycles donates a Shimano Saint bike to the North West Trail Alliance to raffle to help build trails in the NW Portland, OR. Portland-based bike shop Universal Cycles has donated a custom painted Shimano Saint bike to help raise funds for the Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA). The funds raised will help further the NWTA’s

Read More »

Shimano 2013 Saint and Zee

New video just added! Saint M820 first impressions from Santa Cruz’s Syndicate, Trek’s World Racing and Team Yeti. Find out what the top racers and their mechanics think about Shimano’s new Saint! Shimano gave a media only shindig for their Saint and ZEE gravity oriented group, before opening the tent door to the general public.

Read More »

Shimano’s New Direct-Mount Rear Derailleur Option

Quite a few bikes at Sea Otter had Shimano’s new optional D.R.D. (Direct Mount Rear Derailer), and although the system makes a lot of sense, it is confusing to understand (myself included). Basically, the derailer pivot mounts directly to the hanger, without any B-Link present, and the hanger, which is supplied by the frame manufacturer,

Read More »

Shimano 2013 Gravity Components – Sea Otter 2012

Shimano has been busy lately, and the bleeding edge technology that came out on their XTR wonder child, has been slowly morphing itself into their other groups. The XT group was the initial candidate, then SLX recently got it for 2013, and now the downhill and freeride oriented Saint receives some tidbits of that engineering

Read More »

A Look Back: Highlights from the Sea Otter Classic 2011

As we get ready for this year’s 22nd edition of the Sea Otter Classic (sponsored this year by Volkswagen and presented by SRAM), we would like to take a look back at some highlights from last year. 2012 Shimano XT and XTR The XT gets an 2×10 (40/28 and 38/26) and 3×10 (42-32-24) crankset, Race

Read More »

Shimano 2013 SLX

Shimano has always pushed their technology down its food chain, and last year the Deore XT got the trickled down engineering from its XTR brethren, and this year the SLX group gets the same sort of treatment. The SLX 2013 gets a plethora of trickery, including the Ice Tech brake pads and rotors, the Shadow

Read More »

Syndicate Test Session Welcoming Fox and Shimano – Video Added!

February 1, 2012 – San Romolo, Italy- Early season testing started for the Santa Cruz Syndicate with mechanics, engineers and riders arriving in the town of Imperia, Italy, for three days of extensive testing aboard the latest Santa Cruz full carbon V-10’s. The bikes were decked out with the Syndicate’s newest sponsor products from Fox

Read More »