SRAM probably has one of the most interesting stories in the world of cycling. Started in Chicago by two brothers and their friends, they got their start making mountain bike parts with their innovative Grip Shift technology (you can read more about SRAM’s story here). It wasn’t really until the mid-2000’s that SRAM was able to enter the road components market—but when they did, they accomplished what many thought was impossible by managing to go head to head to Shimano and Campagnolo.
Headsets provide a rotatable interface between a bike’s head tube and the fork steerer. Knowing what kind of headset system your bike uses is critical should you ever need to replace worn headset components.
If cycling were said to have a soul, then Campagnolo would arguably be the embodiment of it. Founded in Vicenza, Italy in 1933 by Tullio Campagnolo, the company has built a reputation for making beautiful and highly functional components and following their own path.
Easily one of the most important advancement’s in the history of road cycling came out of Shimano’s Osaka labs in the early 1990’s. Shimano Total Integration (STI) revolutionized the way bike shifters worked, by finally integrating the shift levers into the brake lever, thereby enabling cyclists to shift gears without having to reach to the downtube.