The Best Shimano Cycling Equipment

By Jonathan Bales , last updated December 26, 2011

Shimano is one of the world's top makers of cycling equipment, with gear ranging from road bikes to mountain bikes to cycling shoes, and everything in between. Shimano equipment can be somewhat expensive, but almost everyone who buys Shimano gear comes away impressed. Made with the performance of advanced cyclists in mind but great for cyclists of all skill levels, you will often find Shimano equipment in other bikes. The company makes its own bikes as well, and these are considered some of the most versatile on the market. To learn more, read on for information on some of the best Shimano cycling equipment.

Shimano Dura-Ace TT/TRI Explore 7900 Road Bike

The Shimano Dura-Ace TT/TRI Explore 7900 Road Bike is one of the premiere road bikes on the market, equipped with a dual-pivot brake caliper which produced 210% stopping power in wet conditions, making the bike perhaps the top one available for wet riding. Designed with durability in mind, you will not need to get your Shimano Dura-Ace TT/TRI Explore 7900 Road Bike fixed often. The road bike's carbon tubular 50mm wheels are one of a kind. These Dura Ace wheels are made for optimal balance, aerodynamics, and lateral rigidity. This all equates to a high top speed, making the Shimano Dura-Ace TT/TRI Explore 7900 Road Bike one of the best road bikes in the world for speedsters.

Shimano XTR Race Bike

For mountain racing, look no further than the Shimano XTR Race Bike. Most bikes are designed for either racing or mountain biking, but this Shimano version combines the two. Even the bike's crank is made for off-road use, making it one of the few in the world designed for that use. The double-ring crank allows for optimal shock-absorption as you ride on rough terrain.

The XTR's 1500 gram tubeless wheels are incredibly lightweight, providing unmatched spinning speed and power. They also allow for energy conservation for you. Another great feature of the Shimano XTR Race Bike is the incredible brake system, designed specifically for country all-terrain races. The new brake system features aluminum rotors and aluminum-backed brake pads, allowing for the best stopping power of any Shimano brake system in one of the lightest designs available. All of this equates to incredible control and efficiency, helping you win every one of your cross-country races.

Shimano SH-R315 Custom Fit Cycling Shoes

The Shimano SH-R315 Custom Fit Cycling Shoes are marketed as cycling shoes for the pros. With that sort of standard in mind, the people at Shimano created one of the best cycling shoes ever constructed. The shoes allow for optimum power transfer, meaning all of your hard work gets translated into speed. Designed to be used with the Shimano SPD-SL pedals, the Shimano SH-R315 Custom Fit Cycling Shoes fit perfectly into place and allow you to become one with your bike. The shoes also come with a precision heel cup molding, making sure your heels do not lift off of your pedals as you ride. The top competitive racing shoes on the market, the Shimano SH-R315 Custom Fit Cycling Shoes are all about energy efficiency.

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