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Shimano set to profit from disc brake demand

Analysts suggest promise of disc brakes will see Shimano stock value rise

Shimano’s stock value is at an all-time high, and is predicted to rise still further as the Japanese company is expected to cash in on the increasing demand for disc brakes now that the UCI, the sport's governing body, has relaxed its rules on disc brakes in the professional peloton, according to a report this week by the Financial Times.

According to the report, Shimano’s stock value has risen 500% since 2012, with the company enjoying a dominant 70% global market share for groupsets. It expected to receive a further boost from the 2016 Rio Olympics. In fact, the company has enjoyed a 10% revenue growth in every Olympics as far back as Atlanta in 1996.

Disc brakes to be permitted in peloton in 2017

But it’s disc brakes that analysts suggest are a ‘roaring “buy” signal for Shimano’. Disc brakes have been tested in select professional road races this autumn, as the UCI has relaxed its rules regarding the use of disc brakes in a pro race, with a widespread roll-out predicted for 2017.

“The technology, say analysts, is then likely to eventually become standard in the amateur racing bike market — a boon for the handful of high-end disc brake suppliers, Shimano dominant among them,” reports the FT.

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We’ve already seen the choice of disc-equipped road bikes explode in recent years, with most bike brands now offering at least one disc road bike, and some companies, like Giant, even making a wholesale change on key models.

Of the three big groupset manufacturers, currently only Shimano and SRAM offer a full hydraulic disc brake groupset, and it’s Shimano that is clearly the favourite choice with product managers and customers. Italian company Campagnolo has yet to show any sign of committing to a disc brake groupset, and risks being left behind.

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David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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