The Bot­tom Line

Bicycling (South Africa) - - Gear -

Ul­ti­mately, the bat­tle for mar­ket share in bi­cy­cle com­po­nents re­alises more in­no­va­tion and bet­ter prod­ucts gen­er­ally. Both Shimano and SRAM of­fer sim­i­lar ranges, and us­able tech.

SRAM are the cool kids on the block, and are of­ten first to mar­ket – the big gold Ea­gle cas­sette launched in 2016, for ex­am­ple, that’s al­ready trick­ling down to cheaper groupsets.

Shimano are more con­ser­va­tive. They of­ten take a while to de­liver new tech­nol­ogy; but when they do, you can bank on their crafts­man­ship.

Some­times, choos­ing the right groupset comes down sim­ply to looks. And there’s noth­ing more sub­jec­tive than that.

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