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Shimano President Taizo Shimano poses at the company's headquarters in Osaka. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)
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NANA SHIBATA, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO/OSAKA -- Shimano's showroom at its headquarters in Osaka is a shrine to the technology that has made the company a household name in global cycling.

A bicycle weighing just 7 kg and kitted out with its high-specification components, can be lifted easily with one hand. Shimano staff point out items such as its Dura-Ace line, developed in 1973 for competitive road racing and again on show in this year's Tour de France, which ends this weekend in Paris.

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