The Singletrack Shimano Archive

The name Shimano is probably the most famous brand name in all of cycling, this Japanese brand is simply ubiquitous throughout the industry.

On this page you can browse and access every Shimano story, article and review we’ve ever published that features this most iconic of brands.

Whether you are a 10 year old getting your first bike without stabilisers or a seasoned pro on a bike priced in five figures, it’s a safe bet that the words ‘Shimano’ will be found somewhere on your bike.

Formed in 1921 under the name Shimano Iron Works the ‘Big S’ has shaped the world of cycling with bike designers around the world basing their latest designs around what this giant of a company releases each year.

Each year the latest technological developments trickle down to the gear levels below, effectively meaning this year’s Shimano LX users are riding the technology of the XTR riders just a few years ago.

As big as the brand is there is competition from the likes of SRAM and Campagnolo.

Tracking The Health Of The Bike Industry In 2023

There are a lot of signs that the bike industry is going to struggle in 2023, so we thought we’d start a story to track some of the stories we...

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Buyers Guide to Mountain Bike Shoes for Big Feet

We point you at decent mountain bike shoes for big feet. If you are looking for mountain bike shoes in size 12, 13 and even 14… read on.

Evolution (FILM): Why E-bikes Changed the Game

Andy McKenna of GoWhere Scotland and Stoked* On MS presents Evolution, a film produced with Shimano to share the pure joy of mountain biking. A follow-up to This Way Up...

Win a pair of Shimano ME7 shoes worth £180!

Another week, another chance to win! This time we’re giving you the chance to win a pair of snazzy Shimano ME7 shoes courtesy of Freewheel.

Change gear without pedalling with Shimano FREE SHIFT

E-bike specific version of Shimano XT Di2 features 'Free Shift'. Put simply, this allows riders to change gear without pedalling.

New Shimano groupset features Anti Lock Brakes

Shimano have a brand new groupset out called CUES Di2. It's designed principally for e-commuters and features an Anti-Lock Braking System.

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Shimano SLX M7120 disc brake review

The brake that felt like the best combination of top-end power and all-over feel was the Shimano SLX M7120.

Shimano’s 2021 operating income up 80% over 2020

Although it's pretty tricky to discern what any sort of net profit was made, by any stretch 2021 was clearly a big year for Shimano.

Thousands of Shimano parts stolen from gassed lorry driver

From Shimano to The Sopranos: Organised Crime Sets Sights on Bike Parts Bikes being stolen from shops and garages is a sadly common enough affair, but this story from the...

Review: Shimano MT7 Winter Boots – No excuses boots for winter riding

These Shimano MW7 winter boots are designed to remove any excuses you have about winter riding. Forget ‘it’s too cold’ or ‘it’s too wet’ as the idea of these black...

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Bike Check: Patrolling The World With David Cachon

There aren’t many riders who can claim to be a 2 x Trials World Champion a Guinness World Record Holder, an adventurer, photographer and content creator, but David Cachon wears...

Video: A Dog’s Tale by Shimano

Dogs or cats? Clips or flats? Pineapple and ham or pepperoni? There are a few topics of conversation bound to cause such division, and trail dogs is one of them....

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Shimano launch huge 220mm discs for 10% extra stopping power

If you’re in the market for more powerful anchors then check out these oversized discs from Shimano. Disc brakes are, in general, a very effective and powerful way of bringing...

Shimano: All Bodies on Bikes

Earlier this week we brought you a lovely warm fuzzy video from Focus that featured riders from across the world showing what bikes mean to them, and now Shimano has...

Shimano ME502 Review – An all round trail riding shoe?

Updated for 2021, The Shimano ME502 (or ME5 for short) can be found nestled in Shimano’s Enduro/Trail category along with the ME7 Enduro shoe, and their more insulated winter counterparts.…

Best Hardware | 2020 Singletrack Reader Awards

Vote for your best hardware product in the 2020 Singletrack Reader Awards. Will be be Rockshox, Nukeproof or Shimano? It’s time to take on the most important vote of the...

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Shimano GR5 Flat Pedal Shoe Review

The Shimano GR5 flat pedal shoe is an affordable mountain bike shoe perfect for dry Summer conditions. Shimano has a shoe for almost every foot with cycling-specific footwear for all…

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2 Bikes, 3000 Midges, 1 Puzzle | Fresh Goods Friday 510

Fact: 3000 midges makes a meal for a bat. This means that on Tuesday night there was enough food in Todmorden to feed every bat on earth (this is also...

FGF 508 – Fresh Goods Friday Of Hope

OK, we’ve had a couple of weeks of rain, yes, it’s good for the plants and all that. Has anyone noticed just how good it’s been for the nettles? And...

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Cycling Geeks Unite! Shimano Celebrates 25 Years Of The SPD Sandal

There’s no easier way to suddenly age 25 years than by putting on a pair of these beauties! And in a timely coincidence, the venerable SPD Sandals are now celebrating…

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The Kids Are Alright – The Riders of The Future

Shimano teamed up with Cam McCaul to look at what made him a rider, and the mountain bikers of the future. There’s an emphasis on play, a good dose of...

Shimano ME700 Trail SPDs Upgraded. Leisure Pedals Get Colours

Shimano’s fixed cage, entry level trail pedals, the M530s are getting retired, to be replaced by the new dual sided ME700 pedals. Shimano claims they’re ‘Perfect for use with mountain...

SuperBoost And Flat Mount XTR – Things You Didn’t Know You Needed

On the same day that Shimano announced its new 12 (and 11 and 10) speed Deore groupset, it is also announcing a few more items, like bigger capacity batteries for...

Shimano new Deore M6100 Goes 12 Speed. And 10 and 11…

Probably one of the most easy to guess developments this year was that Shimano Deore would be going 12 speed. Yes, Deore M6100 is 12 speed – and we’ll get...

Shimano XTR Groupset | Premium Components Punished Through Winter

It’s no secret that Shimano was a bit late to the game with their 12 speed drivetrains. While the other ‘Big S’ was cornering the market for wide range single...

First Look And Competition: Win Shimano XC501 Fast Trail Shoes

Price: £139.99 From: Freewheel We’ve got a first look at Shimano’s new XC501 fast trail shoes and a chance to win yourself a pair. Read on for all the details....

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Fresh Forks Friday 495 | 4 new bouncy forks in time for Spring!

Hey, listen up! We know we had to remind you last week when it got to Friday, but now it’s Friday again and you should know that it’s Friday, because...

iceBike* 2020 – News from Thule, Park, Pro, Lazer and more

We’ve just been spending the day down in windy Milton Keynes for iceBike* 2020, Madison’s house show where it had many of its brands on display and lots of new...

Forget Love, This is Where The Hot Stuff Is | FGF 487

Chipps is back from holiday, Andi is on holiday, and Hannah is about to go on holiday. We are like ships in the night. Or underpaid shift workers sharing a...

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Fresh Goods Friday 484 | Flashy bike, full-face, and spendy rims!

Another riveting episode of Fresh Goods Friday featuring spendy carbon bits, the latest head protection, and powerful new Shimano stoppers. This week’s episode stars the Orbea Occam M10, a beautiful...