SRAM vs Shimano

Biking in two lanes: SRAM  vs  Shimano

SRAM and Shimano have been two prominent names in the bicycle industry. SRAM is an American-based private company founded in 1987 that focuses on producing high-end bicycles. It stands for Scott, Ray, and Sam- the founders of the company. Its main headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois. Dedicated 1×11 mountain and road drivetrains are its main product alongside innovations such as grip shifting, double tap shifting, and SRAM Red eTap. The company has revenue of $500 million. Bicycle and individual parts are sold under the brand names SRAM, Zipp, Quarq, RockShox, and Avid. Its different factories are situated in US, Portugal, China, and Taiwan.

On the other hand, Shimano is a public multinational company based in Japan that manufactures not only bicycle components but fishing tackle, and rowing equipment as well. It was founded by Yozo Shimano, company’s current president and Yoshizo Shimano, the current chairman. Its headquarters is at Sakai, Osaka, Japan. It produces low-end, high-end, and off-road biking parts. Its main products are drivetrain, wheel, pedal, and brake components alongside index shifting, clip less pedal, and electric shifting. The company once produced golf and snowboarding supplies only until 2005 and 2008 respectively. It has revenue of $2.1 billion- 75% of which came from manufacturing bicycles. Its manufacturing plants are situated in Singapore, China, and Malaysia.


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