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Octalink, Shimano’s New Standard
Octalink, Shimano’s New Standard Some months ago, Truvativ, Race Face, Chris King and other prestigious companies agreed in developing a splined type bottom  bracket standard. A new design would make it possible to combine components from different brands.

As a response to this, Shimano has patented its splined axle system under the Octalink name. Shimano’s intention is to share this patent without any cost with those manufactures deemed reliable by the Japanese company. The current list of approved manufacturers are Cannondale, Profile, Specialized, Trek, and Ritchey.

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