Archived coverage of Shimano Coasting

Coasting is Shimano’s new component group and marketing campaign designed to get 160 million, non-cycling Americans to start riding again.

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A close-up look at a Coasting bike

Posted on March 20th, 2007 at 1:21 pm.

Trek Lime Light Coasting

The bike for the other 161 million?

Yesterday I got my first, hands-on look at the fruits of Shimano’s new Coasting product initiative.

Only three manufacturers (Raleigh, Trek and Giant) are licensed to make bikes with Coasting and I gave Trek’s offering, the “Lime Light” a closer look.
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Shimano shares Coasting story

Posted on March 16th, 2007 at 2:04 pm.

Shannon Bryant of Shimano

Shannon Bryant of
Shimano Marketing

At the closing ceremony of the National Bike Summit, the Shimano marketing duo of Shannon Bryant and David Lawrence hit the stage to tell the story of Coasting.

Shimano embarked on this initiative five years ago when they teamed up with premier product design group IDEO. That was the start of on an unprecedented journey to research and then design a product — and marketing campaign — aimed to get America’s 161 million non-cyclists riding again.
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Article reveals Bike Gallery's Coasting plans

Posted on February 13th, 2007 at 10:00 am.

[Photo by Kris Schamp/Bike Gallery.]

Astute reader Allan Folz noticed an in-depth article on Shimano’s new Coasting component group in the current issue of Hemispheres Magazine (the in-flight publication of United Airlines).

Back in May, Portland was chosen of 15 “bike-friendly” cities to be part of a special pre-launch marketing campaign for Coasting. Since that announcement, I published the first-ever photos and have worked with Shimano to share exclusive details of the innovative grouppo.
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Exclusive Shimano Coasting photos and details

Posted on November 17th, 2006 at 9:16 am.

“Not a lifestyle, not for fitness: it’s an experience. People like the idea of riding a bike just as they like the idea of going to the park, farmer’s market, lake, picnic, outdoor music/arts, festivals or chatting with neighbors.
Unfortunately most people don’t do it as often as they would like.”
-from Shimano Coasting marketing materials

The bike industry has been buzzing about Shimano’s new Coasting component group since spy photos from Trek’s dealer-only show made it to the web back in August. But so far, official details from Shimano have been scarce.

There isn’t much official on the web (the Coasting website is password protected and won’t be publicly viewable till January), and the only photos and reviews have come from pre-production examples from the Interbike trade show back in September.

Coasting-equipped bikes will be available nationally in March 2007, with a marketing focus on select “bike-friendly” cities*. Portland is one of them, and bikes will be available in dealers here by February. Portland’s official marketing push is planned for June (in hopes of sunny weather).
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Update: Spy photo of Coasting group on new Trek

Posted on August 18th, 2006 at 11:48 am.

[Click photo to enlarge.]

[*Update: Kris Schamp from the Bike Gallery has posted some up-close and detailed photos of the Trek Lime.]

A while back I posted about how Shimano had chosen Portland as a pilot city to unveil their latest and greatest component group called Coasting.

This new group is supposed to revolutionize city bikes and appeal to a whole new group of people. Shimano is working with select companies to build bikes around it and one of them is Trek, who just wrapped up their big, secret, dealer-only get together in Wisconsin.
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Shimano selects Portland for new group launch

Posted on May 9th, 2006 at 11:23 pm.

[Shimano’s new “Coasting” group.
Photo: BRAIN]

[Via Bicycle Retailer and Industry News]

Shimano is investing millions of dollars into a new component group called “Coasting” that will target new cyclists. They plan to roll out the new group to only 15 cities the first year starting in March of 2007. According to a story in Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, Shimano will focus the initial marketing of the new group in “bike-friendly cities with safe places to ride.”
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