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Shimano shortage real or not?(8 posts)

Shimano shortage real or not?andy02
Jan 19, 2004 1:33 PM
Bike makers are saying shimano isn't producing enough parts (10speed) but a few websites are claiming its not so. Has anyone waiting for a bike because of dura ace parts or the lack of? What do you think?
re: Shimano shortage real or not?one_speed
Jan 19, 2004 2:02 PM
as i understand it, they've cut back on the number of groups they'll send to manufacturers due to the suspicion that manufacturers were selling the groups on the side for a little extra $$, or maybe at a discounted price. based on this, it sounds like they are limiting the number of groups available to manufacturers based on projected sales, (or similar numbers).

haven't heard of any delays yet, will be interesting to see what people post.
Very real...merckx56
Jan 19, 2004 3:20 PM
Some of the pro teams that are based here in the US were limited to how many groups they could have to outfit the team. As of a week ago, Healthnet did not have enough cranksets to finish all of the new team bikes. Shimano plays hard ball too! If you want to ride their stuff, there can be no substituttions. I was going to hook the team with FSA stuff, but if they did that, Shimano said they'd yank sponsorship! If you want 10 speed, you're going to have to wait a while. QBP has nothing of consequence, and they are the 800 pound gorilla in the wholesale end.
Don't know if this applies but....Boise100
Jan 19, 2004 11:06 PM
I ordered an Ultegra groupo and they told me they could not get the rear ultegra derailer so they wanted me to pay extra for a durace. My LBS said something about they being back ordered.
Very real...treebound
Jan 20, 2004 8:30 AM
Just send the team out to the starting line with cardboard cranks with "thank you Shimano for your support" hand lettered on the cardboard crankarms at the first race. You'll either have cranks for the second race or will be free to use whatever cranks you want. ;)

Or just use last year's gear if it's still hanging around the shop.
Seems real to me too..teoteoteo
Jan 20, 2004 2:10 PM
I do know some companies were having issues with the Ultegra rear mechs in October and for obvious reasons the new DA stuff.

I read an article where Shimano stated the orders for for road groups was larger than that for the previous year. In fact they said it was much more than they expected. Specialized for instance has had very thin numbers on their Allez Pro models (all DA 10)...the frames are the same one they use on the comp model which is ultegra. They have loads of comp models in stock.

As for the sponsor thing they have been playing tougher as last year it was said that Sponsored MTB pro's like Roland Green were required to use the new XTR Disc brakes or else....
re: Shimano shortage real or not?willy2351
Jan 20, 2004 2:19 PM
I have been waiting for an Ultegra rear deraileur for a month now.
RealLen J
Jan 21, 2004 6:04 AM
My LBS indicatedd to me that he is having supply problems with all Shimano groups. He is not sure (He's getting conflicting messages) if it's due to a year end shutdown at Shimano or if they just underforcasted demand.

The worst appears to be in the Ultegra groups and some of the D/A 10 parts.