IRVINE, Calif (May 14, 2009) – Shimano is proud to announce sponsorship of the premier bike park on U.S. soil, Diablo Freeride Park and one of the premier mountain bike events, the U.S. Open of Mountain Biking. As the exclusive component supplier of Diablo, Shimano will also provide Shimano Multi-Service® neutral technical support at the U.S. Open to aid all of the competitors in their quest for the title.

Renowned for offering over 40 world class mountain bike trails, Diablo has not only quickly become the most popular destination for American mountain bike riders, but attracts international thrill seekers as well. The vast trail network offers varied terrain that can challenge the most accomplished racers and freestylers to well-planned trails that can help ramp up the skills of beginners. Diablo has something to suit every type of mountain bike rider.

Diablo is also the perfect environment to witness Shimano Saint and SLX components in their natural habitat. Shimano's Shadow rear derailleur design results in a sleek profile, keeping the mechanism out of harm's way. Radial master hydraulic brake levers feature Servo Wave for more controllable power, and the convenience of tool-free reach adjustment. And the Saint crank, the benchmark of freeride cranks since first launch, gets new wide range gearing and leans up without compromising its legendary strength. With all of these features making their way into SLX, Shimano, like Diablo Freeride Park, has something to suit every mountain biker.