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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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Current mountain bicycle groupsets include:. The work of Giusseppe Lund illustrates this well. Current road bicycle groupsets include:. In recent years the forging of stainless steel has given rise to a fresh approach to architectural blacksmithing. In fact, VIA is an official approval stamp used to certify parts of Japanese vehicles - including bicycles. Owing to the durability of the material many of these buildings still retain their original and spectacular appearance. 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. Diners and fast food restaurants feature large ornamental panels, stainless fixtures and furniture.

Shimano also introduced new proprietary standards for disc brakes and hubs, and for bottom brackets and cranksets, further fueling speculation about monopolistic intentions. The most famous example of this is the upper portion of the Chrysler Building (illustrated above). 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. Stainless steel was particularly in vogue during the art deco period. 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. However, similar industrial developments were taking place contemporaneously at the Krupp Iron Works in Germany, where Eduard Maurer and Benno Strauss were developing an austenitic alloy (21% chromium, 7% nickel), and in the United States, where Christian Dantsizen and Frederick Becket were industrializing ferritic stainless. World championships in both the road and time trial disciplines were won on Shimano equipment. In 1913, while seeking an erosion-resistant alloy for gun barrels, he discovered and subsequently industrialized a martensitic stainless steel alloy.

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. Harry Brearley of the Brown-Firth research laboratory in Sheffield, England is most commonly credited as the "inventor" of stainless steel. 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 1911, Philip Monnartz of Germany reported on the relationship between the chromium content and corrosion resistance of these alloys. 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. In the years 1904–1911, several researchers, particularly Leon Guillet of France, prepared alloys that would today be considered stainless steel. SunTour eventually lost the commercial battle. This situation changed in the late 1890s, when Hans Goldschmidt of Germany developed an aluminothermic (thermite) process for producing carbon-free chromium.

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. However, the metallurgists of the 19th century were unable to produce the combination of low carbon and high chromium found in most modern stainless steels, and the high-chromium alloys they could produce were too brittle to be of practical interest. 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. The corrosion resistance of iron-chromium alloys was first recognized in 1821 by the French metallurgist Pierre Berthier, who noted their resistance against attack by some acids and suggested their use in cutlery. SRAM is a competitor as the other major manufacturer of mountain bike groupsets, though they are now introducing a road groupset as well. However, unlike stainless steel, these artifacts owe their durability not to chromium, but to their high phosphorus content, which together with favorable local weather conditions promotes the formation of a solid protective passivation layer of iron oxides and phosphates, rather than the non-protective, cracked rust layer that develops on most ironwork. The Italian firm Campagnolo is a competitor as the other major manufacturer of road groupsets. A famous (and very large) example is the Iron Pillar of Delhi, erected by order of Kumara Gupta I around the year AD 400.

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. A few corrosion-resistant iron artifacts survive from antiquity. These components are generally organised and sold as groupsets intended to be supplied as a near complete collection of a bicycle's mechanical parts. A final finish can then be applied to achieve the desired aesthetic appearance. Shimano products include drivetrain, brake, wheel and pedal components for leisure, road and mountain bikes. Any oxidation that forms on the surface (scale) is removed by pickling, and the passivation layer is created on the surface. . Steel is first rolled to size and thickness and then annealed to change the properties of the final material.

Shimano ((OTCBB: SHMDF), FWB: SHM) is a Japanese manufacturer of cycling, fishing, snowboarding, and until 2005, golf components. Standard mill finishes can be applied to flat rolled stainless steel directly by the rollers and by mechanical abrasives. Tourney - this includes several different levels of quality, and can be found on department-store bicycles. The AISI defines the following grades among others:. Altus. Stainless steels are also classified by their crystalline structure:. Acera. Manganese preserves an austenitic structure in the steel as does nickel, but at a lower cost.

Alivio. Significant quantities of manganese have been used in many stainless steel compositions. Deore. When subjected to adequate heat treatment these steels are used as razor blades, cutlery, tools etc. LX. For higher hardness and strength, carbon is added. XT. This crystal structure makes such steels non-magnetic and less brittle at low temperatures.

XTR - This is the top of the range for CrossCountry(XC) mountain bikes. There are different types of stainless steels: when nickel, for instance is added the austenite structure of iron is stabilized. Hone. See also Stainless steel - corrosion resistance. Saint - This is the top of the range for DownHill(DH)/FreeRide(FR) bikes. Particles of carbon steel can be removed from a contaminated part by passivation with dilute nitric acid, or by pickling with a mixture of hydrofluoric acid and nitric acid. Sora. Some workshops therefore have separate areas and separate sets of tools for handling carbon steel and stainless steel, and care has to be exercised to prevent direct contact between stainless steel parts and carbon steel storage racks.

Tiagra. The particle forms a galvanic cell, and quickly corrodes away, but may leave a pit in the stainless steel from which pitting corrosion may rapidly progress. 105. Carbon steel is a very common contaminant here, coming from nearby grinding of carbon steel or use of tools contaminated with carbon steel particles. Ultegra. Contact corrosion is a combination of galvanic corrosion and crevice corrosion, occurring where small particles of suitable foreign material are embedded to the stainless steel. Dura-Ace. stainless-steel bolts in an aluminum block won't cause corrosion, but aluminum rivets on stainless steel sheet would rapidly corrode.

by using rubber or plastic sleeves or washers, keeping the parts dry so there is no electrolyte to form the cell, or keeping the size of the less-noble material significantly larger than the more noble ones (eg. This effect can be prevented by electrical insulation of the materials, eg. The resulting electrochemical potential then leads to formation of an electric current that leads to electrolytic dissolving of the less noble material. Galvanic corrosion occurs when a galvanic cell is formed between two dissimilar metals.

Rising temperature increases the influence of chloride ions, but decreases the effect of sulfide, due to its increased mobility through the lattice; the most critical temperature range for sulphide stress cracking is between 60-100 °C. Very high levels of hydrogen sulfide apparently inhibit the corrosion. It is influenced by the tensile stress and is worsened in the presence of chloride ions. sour gas.

Sulphide stress cracking is an important failure mode in the oil industry, where the steel comes into contact with liquids or gases with considerable hydrogen sulfide content, eg. Stress corrosion cracking applies only to austenitic stainless steels and depends on the nickel content. This limits the usefulness of stainless steel for containing water with higher than few ppm content of chlorides at temperatures above 50 °C. cold working); the residual stresses can be relieved by annealing.

The stresses can result of the service loads, or can be caused by the type of assembly or residual stresses from fabrication (eg. It forms when the material is subjected to tensile stress and some kinds of corrosive environments, especially chloride-rich environments (sea water) at higher temperatures. Stress corrosion cracking is a rapid and severe form of stainless steel corrosion. The mechanism of crevice corrosion is similar to pitting corrosion, though it happens at lower temperatures.

Such crevices may promote corrosion, if their size allows penetration of the corroding agent but not its free movement. under gaskets, in sharp corners, or in incomplete welds. This wear can also depend on the mechanical construction of the parts, eg. In the presence of reducing acids or exposition to reducing atmosphere, the passivation layer protecting steel from corrosion can break down.

Light-gauge steel also does not tend to display this behavior, as the cooling after welding is too fast to cause effective carbide formation. Use of extra-low carbon steels is another method and modern steel production usually ensures a carbon content of <0.03% at which level intergranular corrosion is not a problem. Addition of titanium, niobium and/or tantalum serves this purpose; titanium carbide, niobium carbide and tantalum carbide form preferentially to chromium carbide, protecting the grains from chromium depletion. It is also possible to stabilize the steel to avoid this effect and make it welding-friendly.

This process dissolves the carbide particles, then keeps them in solution. It is possible to reclaim sensitized steel by heating it to above 1000 °C and holding at this temperature for a given period of time dependent on the mass of the piece, followed by quenching it in water. Steels with carbon content 0.06% undergo sensitization in about 2 minutes, while steels with carbon content under 0.02% are not sensitive to it. Steel in such condition is called sensitized.

When heated to around 700 °C, chromium carbide forms at the intergranular boundaries, depleting the grain edges of chromium, impairing their corrosion resistance. Some compositions of stainless steel are prone to intergranular corrosion when exposed to certain environments. This is a largely historical problem related to the high carbon contents of steels from the past, for modern steels it is vary rarely an issue. See Corrosion Doctors on Rouging.

This tends to happen when the stainless has had carbon steel forced into its surface, as by being dragged over carbon steel during installation, brushing with carbon steel, grinding with a contaminated wheel, or temporary welds to carbon steel. Stainless steel can actually rust quite rapidly if it fails to form its protective oxide layer. Modern steel making technologies largely avoid these problems by controlling the carbon content of stainless steels to <0.3% and historically such grades were referred to as "L" grades such as 316L; in practice most stainless steels are now produced at these low carbon contents. This zone is very near the weld, making it even less noticeable[2].

As its name implies, this is limited to a small zone, often only a few micrometres across, which causes it to proceed more rapidly. Special alloys, either with low carbon content or with added carbon "getters" such as titanium and niobium (in types 321 and 347, respectively), can prevent this effect, but the latter require special heat treatment after welding to prevent the similar phenomenon of knifeline attack. This creates a galvanic couple with the well-protected alloy nearby, which leads to weld decay (corrosion of the grain boundaries near welds) in highly corrosive environments. This chemical reaction robs the alloy of chromium in the zone near the grain boundary, making those areas much less resistant to corrosion.

Due to the elevated temperatures of welding or during improper heat treatment, chromium carbides can form in the grain boundaries of stainless steel. Pitting corrosion can occur when stainless steel is subjected to high concentration of chloride ions (for example, sea water) and moderately high temperatures. Pitting remains among the most common and damaging forms of corrosion in stainless alloys, but it can be prevented by ensuring that the material is exposed to oxygen (for example, by eliminating crevices) and protected from chloride wherever possible. These problems are especially dangerous because they are difficult to detect before a part or structure fails.

In extreme cases, the sharp tips of extremely long and narrow pits can cause stress concentration to the point that otherwise tough alloys can shatter, or a thin film pierced by an invisibly small hole can hide a thumb sized pit from view. While the corrosion pits only nucleate under fairly extreme circumstances, they can continue to grow even when conditions return to normal, since the interior of a pit is naturally deprived of oxygen. Corrosion at these points will be greatly amplified, and can cause corrosion pits of several types, depending upon conditions. In the worst case, almost all of the surface will be protected, but tiny local fluctuations will degrade the oxide film in a few critical points.

When deprived of oxygen (or when another species such as chloride competes as an ion), stainless steel lacks the ability to re-form a passivating film. Passivation relies upon the tough layer of oxide described above. Because these modes of corrosion are more exotic and their immediate results are less visible than rust, they often escape notice and cause problems among those who are not familiar with them. Even a high-quality alloy can corrode under certain conditions.

In fact, over 50% of new stainless steel is made from remelted scrap metal, rendering it a somewhat eco-friendly material. Stainless steel is 100% recyclable. The famous seven-story pinnacle of the Chrysler Building in New York City is adorned with gleaming stainless steel cladding. The alloy is milled into sheets, plates, bars, wire, and tubing to be used in cookware, cutlery, hardware, surgical instruments, major appliances, industrial equipment, and building material in skyscrapers and large buildings.

There are over 150 grades of stainless steel, of which fifteen are most common. Stainless steel's resistance to corrosion and staining, low maintenance, relative inexpense, and familiar luster make it an ideal base material for a host of commercial applications. When disassembled, the welded material may be torn and pitted, an effect that is known as galling. When stainless steel parts such as nuts and bolts are forced together, the oxide layer can be scraped off causing the parts to weld together.

This phenomenon is called passivation by materials scientists, and is seen in other metals, such as aluminium. Also, when the surface is scratched this layer quickly reforms. It is, however, impervious to water and air, protecting the metal beneath. The layer is too thin to be visible, meaning the metal stays shiny.

The chromium forms a passivation layer of chromium(III) oxide (Cr2O3) when exposed to oxygen. High oxidation resistance in air at ambient temperature is normally achieved with additions of more than 12% (by weight) chromium. Stainless steels have higher resistance to oxidation (rust) and corrosion in many natural and man made environments, however, it is important to select the correct type and grade of stainless steel for the particular application. .

In the United States and world-wide, particularly in the aviation industry, this material is also called corrosion resistant steel when it is not detailed exactly to its alloy type and grade. The name originates from the fact that stainless steel stains, corrodes or rusts less easily than ordinary steel. In metallurgy, stainless steel (inox) is defined[1] as a ferrous alloy with a minimum of 10.5% chromium content. ISBN 0-13-359993-0.

Jones, Principles and Prevention of Corrosion, 2nd edition, 1996, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ. ^  Denny A. ^  American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). 8 - mirror finish.

No. 7 - reflective finish. No. 6 - matt finish.

No. 4 - fine abrasive finish. No. 3 - coarse abrasive finish applied mechanically.

No. No, 2BA - Bright Anealed (BA) same as above with highly polished rollers. No, 2B - same as above with additional pass through polished rollers. No, 2D - cold rolled, annealed, pickled and passivated.

1 - Hot rolled, annealed and passivated. No. 0 - Hot Rolled Annealed, thicker plates. No.

Type 630—most common PH stainless, better known as 17-4; 17% chromium, 4% nickel. 600 Series—martensitic precipitation hardening alloys

    . Type 440—a higher grade of cutlery steel, with more carbon in it, which allows for much better edge retention when the steel is heat treated properly. for automotive trim; ferritic.

    Type 430—decorative, e.g. Also known as "surgical steel". Type 420—"Cutlery Grade" martensitic; similar to the Brearley's original "rustless steel". Type 410—martensitic (high-strength iron/chromium).

    Type 409—cheapest type; used for automobile exhausts; ferritic (iron/chromium only). Type 408—heat-resistant; poor corrosion resistance; 11% chromium, 8% nickel. 400 Series—ferritic and martensitic alloys

      . SS316 is often used for building nuclear reprocessing plants.

      Also known as "marine grade" stainless steel due to its increased ability to resist saltwater corrosion compared to type 304. Type 316—the next most common; for food and surgical stainless steel uses; Alloy addition of molybdenum prevents specific forms of corrosion. Type 304—the most common; the classic 18/8 stainless steel. Type 303—Free machining version of 304 via addition of sulfur.

      Also hardens rapidly during mechanical working. Type 301—highly ductile, for formed products. 300 Series—austenitic iron-chromium-nickel alloys

        . 200 Series—austenitic iron-chromium-nickel-manganese alloys.

        They are characterised by high chromium and lower nickel contents than austenitic stainless steels. Duplex steel have improved strength over austenitic stainless steels and also improved resistance to localised corrosion particularly pitting, crevice corrosion and stress corrosion cracking. Duplex stainless steels have a mixed microstructure of austenite and ferrite, the aim being to produce a 50:50 mix although in commercial alloys the mix may be 60:40. It is also known as "series-00" steel.

        It is quenched and magnetic. Martensitic stainless steel contains chromium (12-14%), molybdenum (0.2-1%), no nickel, and about 0.1-1% carbon (giving it more hardness but making the material a bit more brittle). Martensitic stainless steels are not as corrosion resistant as the other two classes, but are extremely strong and tough as well as highly machineable, and can be hardened by heat treatment. Common ferritic grades include 18Cr-2Mo, 26Cr-1Mo, 29Cr-4Mo, and 29Cr-4Mo-2Ni.

        Most composition s include molybdenum; some, aluminium or titanium. They contain between 10.5% and 27% chromium and very little nickel, if any. Ferritic stainless steels are highly corrosion resistant, but far less durable than austenitic grades and cannot be hardened by heat treatment. The higher alloy content of "Superaustenitic" steels means they are fearsomely expensive and similar performance can usually be achieved using duplex steels at much lower cost.

        “Superaustenitic” stainless steels, such as alloy AL-6XN and 254SMO, exhibit great resistance to chloride pitting and crevice corrosion due to high Molybdenum contents (>6%) and nitrogen additions and the higher nickel content ensures better resistance to stress-corrosion cracking over the 300 series. Similarly 18/0 and 18/8 is also available. A typical composition is 18% chromium and 10% nickel, commonly known as 18/10 stainless is often used in flatware. They contain a maximum of 0.15% carbon, a minimum of 16% chromium and sufficient nickel and/or manganese to retain an austenitic structure at all temperatures from the cryogenic region to the melting point of the alloy.

        Austenitic stainless steels comprise over 70% of total stainless steel production.

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