Partnership with Shimano brings Radon Factory Teams the elements of success

Shimano is proud to announce the addition of Radon Factory Downhill (DH) and Cross-country (XC) team riders to the roster of elite level athletes using its XTR Di2 and Saint mountain bike components.

Radon XC´s team is managed by triple World Champion Ralph Näf, and has an impressive lineup of riders with former double World Champion Matthias Flückiger, 2013 XC Junior World Champion Alessandra Keller and 2014 XC Eliminator World Champion Kathrin Stirnemann, who will all ride with full Shimano XTR Di2 components, wheels, pedals, PRO Tharsis cockpit and seatpost.

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Meanwhile the Radon DH team, featuring women’s World Champion and World Cup winner Manon Carpenter, will race with full Shimano Saint drive train and brakes aboard their Radon Swoop200 DH bikes.

Carpenter joins Johannes Fischbach (two-time German four-cross champion and current City DH World Tour Champion), Raphaela Richter (U21 Enduro World Series champion), and French downhill talent Faustin Figaret, along with team manager and former 4X world champion Joost Wichman. 

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Radon is a German manufacturer of mountain bike and E-MTB frames, as well as trekking, cross, road and urban bikes and is supported additionally by Shimano’s German distributor Paul Lange & Co.

Radon team manager Joost Wichman: “We are super excited to step up our relationship with Shimano. We know from using their components on our bikes just how much easier it makes life for our mechanics and how much confidence it gives to the riders.”

Shimano sports marketing manager Rudy Bouwmeester: “Through the promising results Radon’s XC and DH riders achieved last year we’re very proud to be able to develop our relationship and support both teams with our XTR Di2 and Saint and components and the XC team with the PRO Tharsis XC finishing kit. We look forward to working with all Radon athletes and back room staff to continue developing world-class components.”

Radon Factory teams kick off their Downhill World Cup season on April 29-30 in Lourdes, France and their XC World Cup season on May 20-21 in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. 

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About Shimano

Shimano’s origins began in 1921 when Shimano Iron Works, the predecessor of Shimano Inc., was established by Shozaburo Shimano in Sakai city, Osaka, Japan. The first product was the bicycle freewheel, which, at that time, required the highest level of bicycle technology to produce.

By the 1950s the company was producing products such as external speed changers and internal speed changers (3-speed hub). The success of these products led to Shimano’s first overseas sales office, Shimano American Corporation (currently Shimano North America Holding, Inc.) in 1965, followed by Shimano Europe in 1973. The first overseas manufacturing base, Shimano Singapore Pte. Ltd., also opened in the same year.

In 1991, the company name became Shimano Inc. Its headquarters remain in Sakai, the city of Shimano’s birthplace. Shimano is dedicated to helping its customers get closer to nature, supporting people to realize their dreams and create new lifestyles. That comes with the desire to create outstanding cycling products and apparel.

Shimano Inc. has a wide range of functions, including planning, development, design, manufacturing, and various other support functions for supplying bicycle components as well as fishing tackle and rowing equipment.

Shimano Europe acts as the 'eyes, ears and mouth' of the global Team Shimano in Europe. Its mission is to be an excellent supplier and a valuable partner for all customers in its European markets and to create consumer demand for Shimano and Shimano-owned products.

With 100 years’ experience in creating internationally renowned bicycle components, Shimano is proud to have developed products that continue to take countless athletes to victory and provide the means for limitless global bicycle journeys.

Visit bike.shimano.com for more information.

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