History of Shimano

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With more than 90 years of history, Shimano is a state-of-the-art company in the development of new technologies: it creates products in response to the needs of cyclists all over the world, made with high quality components, original technology and innovative ideas.

 

1921

In February 1921, he opened Shimano Iron Works in Higashi Minato in Sakai City when he was 26 years old. On the site of a demolished celluloid factory, he rented a nearly 40-square-meter area. The monthly rent was 5 yen. At that time, the new establishment had only a single lathe, measuring about 1.8 meters long. He had borrowed that machine from Sano Iron Works, benefiting from his friendship with its owner.

By the time he founded his own business, Shozaburo Shimano had already decided to produce free wheels. Of all bicycle components, free wheels entailed the highest level of technology to produce.

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1940

The name is changed to Shimano Iron Works Co., Ltd. In 1940, Shimano Iron Works, Ltd. was founded with Shozaburo Shimano as its first president. The number of employee was about 300.

1957

Production of internal speed changer (3-speed Hub) begins.

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1958

In September 1958, Shozaburo Shimano passed away. Shozo Shimano becomes the second president.

1965

Shimano American Corporation is established in New York. As the continued existence of Shimano in the USA market seemed to be assured, the company established Shimano American Corporation with office in New York City. Yoshizo Shimano becomes the president.

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1970

Shimano Yamaguchi Co., Ltd. (present Shimonoseki Factory) is established in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. The production system was strengthened by this new factory which would produce coaster brakes at a starting output of 50,000 units per month.

1972

Shimano Europe GmbH. is established in Dusseldorf, West Germany.

1973

Shimano (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. is established. It was established as the first oversea factory located in Jurong Industrial Estate in Singapore.
DURA-ACE series of road racing components are released

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1980

Shimano introduces DURA-ACE AX 7300 which is aiming for reducing the aerodynamic drag at IFMA show at Koln in W. Germany.

1982

The first SHIMANO 105 series and DEORE XT series are in the market.

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1983

SHIMANO 600EX is in the market.

1984

DURA-ACE 7400 series with Shimano Index System (SIS) is released. A remarkable function of DURA-ACE 7400 is Shimano Index System (SIS) that enable secure positioning of the speed change gear by a single action.

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1986

New Shimano 105 series is introduced with Shimano Linear Response (SLR) brake system which is to give the cyclist more control over the caliper brakes.

1988

Andy Hampsten (Seven-Eleven Team) wins the Giro d'Italia with DURA-ACE.

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1990

Shimano Pedaling Dynamics (SPD) is in the market. A line of Shoes and Pedals are called SPD designed to be ideal for both pedaling efficiency and for walking. DURA-ACE (7400 series) with Dual Control Lever is released. The dual-control lever incorporates a shifter mechanism into the brake lever, making it possible to change speeds without removing one's hands from handlebars.

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1991

Corporate name is changed from Shimano Industrial Works to SHIMANO INC. 
The XTR series of mountain bike racing components is in the market. The first line of mountain bike components for professional racers.

1992

Keizo Shimano becomes third president. 
The cycle center (Bicycle Museum) opens. With the cooperation of Sakai city where Shimano Inc. is located, it is established on the area next to Daisen Park. 

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1995

Yoshizo Shimano becomes fourth president.

1996

DURA-ACE 7700 is in the market. 7700 series are developed after thorough review of the previous derailleur system based on the philosophy of "Stress-Free".

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2001

Yozo Shimano becomes fifth president. 
Shimano (Shanghai) Bicycle Components Co., Shimano Czech Republic s.r.o. and Shimano France Composants Cycles S.A.S. are established.

2004

DURA-ACE 7800 series is in the market. The DURA-ACE 7800 series components are developed with "For 100% Power Transmission Efficiency" as a catchword. This series consisted of 10-speed rear drive trains, HOLLOTECH Ⅱ cranksets, ergonomic dual control levers, and other higher performance components.

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2008

The brand Pearl Izumi is acquired.
DURA-ACE 7900 series is released. The 7900 series components were developed under the concept of "Evolution of Perfection". A derailleur comprising these components embedded the shift cable completely. Its crankset consisted of a HOLLOWGRIDE (hollow gear) in addition to a HOLLOWTECH Ⅱ. All other components were also reviewed for optimal design.

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2009

Electronic Shifting System DURA-ACE 7970 is in the market. A new technology called "Digital Integrated Intelligence (or Di2 for short) was introduced into DURA-ACE. The DURA-ACE 7900 series equipped with this electronic shifting system provide racers with a "complete stress-free" function.

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2010

Shimano STEPS ,the first components for power-assisted bicycles, is released.

2012

DURA-ACE 9000 series is released. The DURA-ACE 9000 series have been fully re-engineered across every system. Highlights include a robust four-arm cranksets, the new SLR-EV brake system and a new 11-speed drive train.

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2014

XTR M9000, M9020 and M9050 (Di2) series is released. 
Shimano Italy Bicycle Components S.r.l. is established. 

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2016

The DURA-ACE R9100 series (road racing components) equipped with power meter are released.

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