Shimano was established in 1921 as Shimano Iron Works Co. and had already decided to produce bicycling freewheels which at the time entailed the highest level of technology to produce. Through the years Shimano has branched itself into plenty of other industries in its time but has remained true to the bicycling industry and still remains one of the top cycling manufacturers in the game today. Shimano’s mission statement pushes to be closer to nature, and closer to people, expressing their true beliefs of how time in the outdoors is meant to be enjoyed by all.