Shimano has truly become a part of the fabric of modern road cycling, and is arguably one of the largest and most successful cycling companies to have ever existed.
This year marks the centennial of the brand, founded by Shozaburo Shimano in 1921, with a fledgling freewheel design – the 3.3.3.
We expect to see plenty more from Shimano over the next year to celebrate the milestone, but for now the brand has shared some images from a commemorative photobook being released this year. The book will only be available through a lottery draw.
For now, enjoy some of these images which give a sneak peek at the contents, and a small taste of Shimano's rich 100 year history of innovation.
Shimano Factory, 1936
Shimano's aerodynamic Dura-Ace AX groupset was just one part of the brand's rich history of innovation
The Dura-Ace groupset is synonymous with Shimano. Here's a look at Dura-Ace through the years, Shimano's top-tier groupset.
Shimano Dura-Ace FC 7900, 2008
Dura-Ace 9000, 2016
Shimano in Action
“Walter Godefroot is the only one of my adversaries who I never beat in a direct fight for victory” - Eddy Merckx
Flandria-Carpenter-Shimano rocking their Dura-Ace - and their casquettes
Tour de France, 2019
You can find out more about the anniversary at Shimano's dedicated 100th anniversary website.