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Are Shimano the Microsoft of the Bicycle World?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:46 am 
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Maybe I should have said closer to OS X than Windows.


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rather than comparatively directly but what about equvalient

i guess gears are the 'OS' of the bike world - so it is a good equavalient

frame would be the pc/hardware
brakes would be control panel? :lol:
etc. :lol:


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cyfa2809 wrote:
rather than comparatively directly but what about equvalient

i guess gears are the 'OS' of the bike world - so it is a good equavalient

frame would be the pc/hardware
brakes would be control panel? :lol:
etc. :lol:


Would that make fixies the linux of the bike world then? :lol:


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'they never get viruses!' :lol:

they are a pretty dependable bike, yet have many haters
yes linux :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Surely the bicycle and Shimano are both sufficiently ubiquitous to not require such an awkward analogy (or any for that matter)?


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They fluctuate. When they were undisputed market leaders they'd have top-end groups that would only integrate with themselves ( 8 speed Dura Ace and Mk I M960 disc splines etc. ), get lawyers to make competitors pull their displays just before exhibitions for copyright infringement ( done to Sram at Interbike once as they introduced their own trigger shifter ) and create gears soley for putting whippets on podiums ( flappy paddle rapidrise anyone? ).
However, when they listen ( usually when they see sales drop ) you get bar-end shifters into the 21st century, hubs that can be serviced from and ironmonger's and retro-friendly components from the lower end market ( still making 8 speed cassettes and chains and V brakes and cantis ).


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If there is going to be an MTB groupset maker comparison to the computer world then

Shimano is Intel
SRAM is AMD


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shimano is for fishing....


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:07 pm 
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highlandsflyer wrote:

Who is the bicycle world's Apple?


Don't think there is one.

Are Shimano the Microsoft of the Bicycle World? YES


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In the Shimano cool wall debate I said they were like Microsoft, which I think is a bit unfair now, as Shimano don't make rubbish... I also have Shimano stuff on my bikes, whereas I won't have Microsoft in my home. As the bike component industry is more than a two-and-a-bit way split then supermarkets is a better comparison, size wise they are T**co, although morally SRAM is the T**co, inventing a rubbish product and then using the legal industry to force open the door of the bike industry, then going shopping, buying up the Sachs/Huret/Sedis combine closing them down and using their production for their own foul ends. Here endeth the rant!


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