OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano is looking to help bike manufacturers streamline the use of disc brakes on road bikes by introducing a new, more direct mounting standard.
Shimano calls it Flat Mount and it seems to be inspired by the recent popularity of direct-mount rim brakes and other integration on road bikes in the name of reduced weight and a more streamlined, aerodynamic appearance. A spokesman said Shimano developed the new mount in collaboration with "several large OEMs ... over the course of the last year."
The feature could appear on some 2015 model bikes, the spokesman said. Shimano said the mount's advantages include a cleaner, more integrated appearance, better alignment and no need for stacking adapters. The design also allows easier tool access for caliper alignment.
The new mount can be used with older calipers (which Shimano is now calling "mountain bike-style calipers") with the use of an adapter.