Posts Tagged ‘Shimano’

Shimano SH-MW81 Gore-Tex Winter Cycling Shoe

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

SH-MW81 Winter Shoe

With a newly-designed winter shoe, Shimano has done their homework. With thoughtful updates to multiple elements of construction, the MW81 works harder than ever to meet the needs of the cold-weather rider.


Compared to the previous MW80, this model has a noticeably different look. Where the old shoe looked very much like a modified cycling shoe, the structure of the MW81 suggests that Shimano was looking to high-end hiking boots for inspiration. The upper gator ankle section was also updated to permit more fluid pedaling movement.  (more…)

The Front Derailleur (Un)Standard

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Sram X9 Derailleur mounted to a Niner Sir9 Front derailleurs can be one of the most confusing parts of a bicycle, this is in part because they come in a vast variety options. Hopefully this article will take some of the myth out of the front derailleur and help you on your next repair or bike build.

Cable Pull

Side by side look at top vs bottom cable routing Cable pull is the orientation of the cable as it interacts with the derailleur and is determined by the routing on the frame. Road bikes/frames traditionally use a bottom pull system, therefore the road derailleurs typically will be bottom pull as well. A large percentage of cyclocross frame use top pull routing despite the need for a road derailleur to match most drivetrains. This may seem counter productive but serves a valuable purpose in that it keeps the cable and guides away from a lot of the mud, grime, and debris a bottom pull system would see. To make everything mesh, most cross frames will incorporate a guide wheel to redirect cable appropriately. Mountain front derailleurs come in bottom, top, or dual pull (derailleur will work on top and bottom pull frames) options as mountain bikes vary largely in how the frames are designed.


Interbike 2010 – SRAM | Shimano Shootout

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Sram vs ShimanoIt took us a few days to sit back and digest the way’s in which SRAM and Shimano chose to approach their Interbike presentations. What we found was mainly that Shimano and SRAM both duke it out with huge adjustments to their lines by updating their shifting technology for 2011.

SRAM brought 10 Speed down to the X.7, X.9 and X.O and upgraded the technology downstream through their normal trickle down effect from last years top of the line components. Specifically they set up their X.O series with 2 x 10 and have given you a choice on the x.7 and x.9 to run either 2 x 10 or 3 x 10, revamped their Code brakes, and added a new adjustable height suspension seatpost called the Reverb.

Shimano added the new Dynasys technology throughout the upper tiers of their line. Dynasys brings you up to a 10 speed system and adds a smoother shifting rear cassette by keeping the same high and low range while removing the large jumps in the middle rings. Dynasys does not simply mean 10 speed though as they have completely redesigned the pickup systems and created a very specialized asynchronous chain by machining each side to a specific task.

Interbike 2010 Day 3 – part 1

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Day three in our mad dash through the bike industry and dash did we ever. Today we did speed dating with Shimano, Yakima, CamelBak, Formula, Cane Creek, Twin Six, Formula, e.13, Chub Hubs, TRP, Ortlieb, Garmin, Crank Brothers, Continental, Thule, SRAM, Avid, Rock Shox and Schwalbe. This was by far the most productive day and we want to thank all of these great brands for taking the time to walk us through their latest and greatest gear.

Due to the extreme amount of photos and info collected we are going to break up Day 3 into a few parts so be sure to keep checking back over the next few days for the inside scoop and great photos on the latest gems from the brands we spoke with.

In this part we’ll be focusing on Cane Creek, Schwalbe, CamelBak, Thule and Yakima.