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Shimano

Shimano ((OTCBB: SHMDF), FWB: SHM) is a Japanese manufacturer of cycling, fishing, snowboarding, and until 2005, golf components.

Cycling

Shimano products include drivetrain, brake, wheel and pedal components for leisure, road and mountain bikes. These components are generally organised and sold as groupsets intended to be supplied as a near complete collection of a bicycle's mechanical parts.

Groupsets commonly include: crankset comprising cranks and chainrings; bottom bracket; chain; rear gear cogs or cassette; front and rear wheel hubs; gear shift levers; brakes; brake levers; cables; front and rear gear mechanisms or derailleurs.

The Italian firm Campagnolo is a competitor as the other major manufacturer of road groupsets. SRAM is a competitor as the other major manufacturer of mountain bike groupsets, though they are now introducing a road groupset as well.

When the 1970s United States bike boom exceeded the capacity of the American and European bicycle component manufacturers, Japanese manufacturers SunTour and Shimano rapidly stepped in to fill the void. While both companies provided products for all price-ranges of the market, SunTour also focused on refinement of existing systems and designs for higher end products, while Shimano paid more attention to rethinking the basic systems and bringing out innovations such as index shifting and front freewheel systems. SunTour eventually lost the commercial battle. In contrast to the near-universal marketing technique of introducing innovations on the expensive side of the marketplace and relying on consumer demand to emulate early adopters along with economy of scale to bring them into the mass market, Shimano introduced new technologies at the lowest end of the bicycle market, using lower cost and often heavier and less durable materials and techniques, only moving them further upscale if they established themselves in the lower market segments.

Lance Armstrong's 1999 victory in the Tour de France on a Shimano Dura-Ace equipped Trek was the first time Shimano components had been used to win the grand tour. In 2002, Dura-Ace equipped bikes were ridden to victory in the Tour de France (Lance Armstrong), Giro d'Italia (Paolo Savoldelli), and Vuelta a España (Aitor González), marking the first time Shimano componentry had been used to win all three grand tours. World championships in both the road and time trial disciplines were won on Shimano equipment.

In 2003 Shimano introduced "Dual Control" to mountain bikes, where the gear shift mechanism is integrated into the brake levers, and reintroduced the "Rapid Rise" rear derailler which works in the opposite direction to traditional deraillers. This development was controversial: critics viewed it as an attempt to monopolise the mountain bike components market because the use of Dual Control integrated shifting requires the use of Shimano brakes, and the Rapid Rise derailler is believed to work more effectively with the Dual Control system. Shimano also introduced new proprietary standards for disc brakes and hubs, and for bottom brackets and cranksets, further fueling speculation about monopolistic intentions.

Many people believe that "VIA", which is stamped on all Shimano parts, is a form of corporate logo, since it does not appear on Campagnolo parts, for instance. In fact, VIA is an official approval stamp used to certify parts of Japanese vehicles - including bicycles.

Racing bicycle groupsets

Current road bicycle groupsets include:

  • Dura-Ace
  • Ultegra
  • 105
  • Tiagra
  • Sora

Mountain bike groupsets

Current mountain bicycle groupsets include:

  • Saint - This is the top of the range for DownHill(DH)/FreeRide(FR) bikes
  • Hone
  • XTR - This is the top of the range for CrossCountry(XC) mountain bikes
  • XT
  • LX
  • Deore
  • Alivio
  • Acera
  • Altus
  • Tourney - this includes several different levels of quality, and can be found on department-store bicycles.

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Groupsets commonly include: crankset comprising cranks and chainrings; bottom bracket; chain; rear gear cogs or cassette; front and rear wheel hubs; gear shift levers; brakes; brake levers; cables; front and rear gear mechanisms or derailleurs. Once assembled, a bead of solder is then run across every spot of visible copper foil. These components are generally organised and sold as groupsets intended to be supplied as a near complete collection of a bicycle's mechanical parts. Alternatively, the copper-foil method can used, in which each individual piece is wrapped around its edge with a copper adhesive tape. Shimano products include drivetrain, brake, wheel and pedal components for leisure, road and mountain bikes. Lastly, the ears are pressed down against the glass, securing the piece and further waterproofing the panel. . After this waterproofing putty made of linseed oil and chalk is forced in the space between the glass and lead.

Shimano ((OTCBB: SHMDF), FWB: SHM) is a Japanese manufacturer of cycling, fishing, snowboarding, and until 2005, golf components. Then all these joints are soldered together with a 60/40 lead/tin solder. Tourney - this includes several different levels of quality, and can be found on department-store bicycles. The ends of the came are tucked under the ears of the other lead it meets. Altus. The two surfaces on each end of the H are called the "face." Each piece of glass is set in place upon a glazing drawing, with came shaped around it to make a matrix. Acera. The middle part of the H is called the heart, which connect to the "ears" of the lead.

Alivio. The cross-section of a piece of came is shaped like an "H". Deore. The pieces are then fitted into channeled lead strips, which are also called came. LX. Further shaping can be done by grinding or cutting with a diamond ring saw. XT. Glass is cut using a steel or carbide wheel that scores the glass, making a tiny imperfection along which the glass is broken into it's shape.

XTR - This is the top of the range for CrossCountry(XC) mountain bikes. Stained glass windows involve the art of cutting colored glass into different shapes. Hone. Stained glass is sold by weight, in sheets, usually about 3' x 4'. Saint - This is the top of the range for DownHill(DH)/FreeRide(FR) bikes. These different textures cause the glass to have light and color transmission characteristics that, even for the same color, can provide surprising results. Sora. These colored glasses are available in many different textures—smooth, wavy, rippled, hammered, pebbled, or very rough.

Tiagra. This is where we have derived the term "stained glass". 105. The oxides permanently fuse with the glass to produce the painting. Ultegra. This process is, in itself, an art. Dura-Ace. The piece is then fired in a kiln.

If fine details such as shadows or outlines are required, the artist paints them on the cold glass with special paint made from metal oxides. Early stained glass artists were limited to a very few primary colors, but today almost any color can be produced. The molten glass is then annealed slowly in a furnace to produce sheets of colored glass. For example, using the metal copper would produce green or blue glass.

The term "stained glass" today generally refers to glass that has been colored by added metallic salts during its manufacture.

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