The groupset on your mountain bike will make a huge difference to the quality of the ride, but if you’re buying a built bike, also the cost. The groupset comprises of bottom bracket, cranks, hubs, cassette, shifters, chains and derailleurs, and Shimano is one of the most commonly used brands, with SRAM being the other […]

Whether you’re buying a new bike, or upgrading your current steed, the groupset will make a big difference to your enjoyment and speed. More expensive components mean less weight, easier shifting and greater comfort, but there are options available at every price point. The leading manufacturers for these essential elements – the chainset, cassette, shifters, […]

Anyone who has ridden a bike in the last 25 years or so has almost certainly used some kit from an all-conquering, yet strangely mysterious company: the big S. And while Shimano drivetrains, brakes, pedals and other bits of componentry have become so ubiquitous that the brand seems commonplace at first glance, the Japanese company […]