Shimano Releases Warning About Fake Clearance Store

Oct 25, 2021
by Ed Spratt  

Shimano has warned customers about a fake website that appears to be selling its products with huge discounts.

The website is branding itself as a clearance store but has been revealed to be fake and Shimano is currently working to have the website taken down. While the site seems to focus more on Shimano's fishing products, there is also a page featuring low prices on the company's pedals. Currently, the site offers most of Shimano's range of flat and clipless pedals for at least 50% off the retail price.

Looking deeper at the site you can see social media links that go nowhere and an 'About Us' page featuring this statement: "At shimano-clearance, we're obsessed with our customers. We leverage the latest tools and technologies to make it as easy as possible for our customers to shop for everything they need to make their businesses go.

"Shimano-clearance.store is an eCommerce company that sells items—but we’re much more than just a website. We’re a team of great people who win and lose together (we prefer winning!)."

To ensure people are not caught out by the clearance site, Shimano is now working to have it removed and has released a warning to potential customers.

bigquotesThe following fake website was found to be posing as Shimano (https://www.shimano-clearance.store/).

The website is using the Shimano logo, product pictures and other content without our authorization.

At present, we are petitioning to have the website shut down.

Shimano is not responsible or liable for any trouble that arises from the use of a fake website.

We ask that customers take ample care.
Shimano

The current shortage of parts across the bike industry has led to multiple attempts to scam customers with fake sites or counterfeit products. Earlier this year, Shimano announced it would be increasing its work to fight back against people making copies of its products. This scheme included working with law enforcement, investigating fake items and changing packaging designs with features harder for counterfeiters to recreate.

Singletrack also did a deep dive earlier this year on The Bicycle Company UK, a site that suddenly appeared offering big discounts and had items in stock that were available nowhere else. The Bicycle Company UK's website is now unavailable, but there have been plenty of other scammers looking to make money off the lack of parts and bikes available to customers this year. It is always worth double-checking if a retailer is legitimate, especially if the price and availability look too good to be true.


88 Comments

  • 310 0
 its ok shimano, we know there isnt any stock for you to actually put on clearance
  • 5 0
 that made me laugh.. thank you
  • 152 0
 You spelled Shimano's Phishing Products wrong.
  • 26 0
 Step into the freezer
  • 19 0
 @harryhood: Name checks out.

Please er' wif da tweezer!!
  • 14 1
 @MOWtown: Cars Trucks Buses, Tweezer -> L.A. Woman -> Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S. -> What's the Use? > Tweezer > Birds of a Feather > Chalk Dust Torture -> Boogie On Reggae Woman > Carini -> Mr. Completely > Tweezer Reprise

quite the TweezerFest last night...
  • 5 0
 @SketchyD: Any time you see "What's the use?" in a setlist the show is worth the listen.
  • 5 0
 @harryhood: Yeah, I just ordered a new pair of 6-bolt Freezer brake rotors!
  • 4 22
flag yobilly (Oct 25, 2021 at 12:59) (Below Threshold)
 No they spelled it right. Shimano does make fishing reels and poles. Try them they work very well.
  • 14 1
 @yobilly: r/whooooooosh
  • 8 0
 @harryhood: I knew I wasn't the only one here Wink
  • 8 0
 @justweiss: PB phans FTW
  • 1 4
 Shimano makes FISHING REELS, rods and the like...so this was a page attached to the Fishing stuff trying to sucker us into buying bike parts.
  • 1 0
 @yobilly: the high end stuff is good
  • 129 0
 Sucks for the people who bought this. I was lucky enough to snag a yeti sb130 for $110!! It should be arriving any day now!
  • 81 1
 Damn, I was looking for an affordable set of Shimurno SDP's to put on my Transertion Pawtrol!
  • 1 4
 I don’t even think these sites are selling fake products. They are just straight stealing people’s money.
  • 56 0
 Almost as bad a scam as as those 10% off old stock in the monthly "Online Deals"
  • 2 24
flag neilpritchett (Oct 25, 2021 at 9:08) (Below Threshold)
 What are you reffering too?
  • 29 0
 If you're falling for a CLEARANCE sale for bike parts right now, you must not ride much!
  • 21 0
 They should have used Intense, would have been more believable.
  • 23 2
 Great. Now kill Facebook already please.
  • 15 0
 Shimano have been doing their best to stop anyone selling us their gear online, if it's reasonably priced online and available in NZ then you know its fake
  • 10 1
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looking at the source code and website for a sec, it looks like it mayyyyy be vulnerable for a SQL injection..
  • 15 1
 ...........what?
  • 16 0
 Also, the WHOIS is NOT confidence inspiring:

organisation: Radix FZC
address: Directiplex
address: Next to Andheri Subway
address: Old Nagardas Road, Andheri (East)
address: Mumbai
address: Maharashtra
address: 400069
address: India
  • 9 1
 Ffs did you just mention injection Queue of antivaxers hatin right now
  • 5 0
 @enki: No way, a phishing/scam site located in India, impossible.
  • 1 0
 looks like a Cloudflare DNS proxy (with caching enabled) to me.
  • 4 0
 @enki: next to subway. Love it.
  • 11 0
 We already took care of the clearance, there is nothing to clear anymore anywhere
  • 8 0
 Shimano is going to have to sleep in the bed they made after all the years of Wiggle and Chain Reaction. Customers have been conditioned to think that Shimano stuff is *always* available for super cheap.

Honestly they should have just gone consumer direct long ago.

-W
  • 5 1
 Shimano has zero concern about the grey market, and they never will. They sell bike parts to wholesalers. That is their only concern. right or wrong to you personally, but I can tell you from actual conversations with people inside Shimano, that they literally don't give two f*cks. Having things be cheaper than the competition at similar quality is how they carved out the market share they have. If someone wants to sell a set of brakes and make 1% margin, they don't care. They made their money on it already. They don't make a distinction between Wiggle/CRC/some dude in XangXin China/Specialized, etc, buying 10,000 groupsets. why would they?
  • 5 0
 What CRC did was expose the immense markup in the industry and question where value was created in the traditional distribution channels.
  • 11 0
 I know a genuine Panaphonix when I see one.
  • 11 1
 Sain’t gonna be seeing those brakes in the mail.
  • 10 0
 well, i'll be fookered
  • 3 0
 lol. The fookers are actually not that bad
  • 7 0
 Link please , baby needs new shoes .
  • 3 0
 This has been happening across all types of industries. There was a site that looked just like this selling "clearance" Battalion snowboards a few weeks ago. One also popped up mirroring one of the larger baseball/softball gear retailers.
  • 2 0
 i read ToolGuyd and the site owner is having to post tons of articles about fake tool sites. Consumers are just so dumb and gullible.
  • 7 1
 If it's too good to be true then it's too good to be true
  • 16 1
 Fool me once, you fool me once
  • 8 0
 next tatoo
  • 12 0
 @browner: There's an old saying in Tennessee—I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, 'Fool me once, shame on...shame on you. Fool me—you can't get fooled again
  • 4 0
 @jaycubzz: yes, that's exactly it george!
  • 4 0
 At least they are taking care, other brands did not do anything:

www.zoobab.com/daboval-and-domibike-anatomy-of-fake-scammers-ebike-websites
  • 1 0
 Brought to you but the Microsoft scammers, FBI drugs at the border scammers, Amazon scammers, social security scammers.... This is industry level scam stuff. Pay off the authorities and you're safe to fleece the suckers all day long..
  • 3 0
 Be pretty funny if genuine retailers started competing on price with this troll site. Robin hood like
  • 4 0
 SICK. these will be good enough. thanks for the tip
  • 5 2
 They tried setting one up with SRAM and Magura but no one cared / wanted to part with the cash
  • 1 0
 There are dozens of fake sites doing this. I've been fooled a couple times and was able to get my money back. It seems that they are just looking to profit from the 10% that forget they ever placed the order.
  • 2 0
 Sweet! Finally found that left Zēē brake lever I’ve been trying to find for 2 months. Its at a heavy discount too! Suck it Jenson!
  • 1 0
 The lack of foresight by these criminals is just insane. If you want to massively profiteer from bikes in 2021, just sell your used bikes on PB for more than retail. Easy peasy and 100% legal.
  • 3 0
 How much for the Shimango groupset?
  • 3 4
 I got conned on some fake Shimano road pedals on eBay. They're VERY good fakes, so be careful. Box and packaging didn't raise any eyebrows, nor did the product itself. It wasn't until I'd ridden them for a while and noticed the spindle was a little wonky. Lesson learned, don't buy anything Shimano on eBay...and definitely not on AliExpress!
  • 3 0
 I got an entire 12 speed XT group set off eBay...it seems legit to me.
  • 3 0
 @unrooted: same. ive got an xt group and an ultegra group from ebay and both are legit shimano stuff, but this was pre-shortages.
  • 3 0
 @aerob: Same. Bought from ebay, pre-covid: Full 11-spd SLX group, including cranks and brakes. Everything was legit.
  • 3 0
 If you know where to look there are shops on Aliexpress that are selling 100% original Shimano parts
  • 3 0
 Happily running AliExpress J04C brake pads.

What’s wrong with the pedal spindles?
  • 1 1
 @MaplePanda: They're out of round. I'm sure there are hundred of people with these pedals that think they're real. There are only slight differences, I found a website that points them out. We're talking TINY differences, like slight changes in shape and more visible mold lines. weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=160053

There are also counterfeit Shimano chains out there. I'm just saying, be careful. I've bought legit take-off Shimano stuff on eBay too, but with how good these fakes are, I'm pretty weary now. I'm not talking about the hilarious knock-off "Shirmono" disc brakes, this stuff looks legit except under VERY close examination.
  • 2 0
 I bought a Saint shifter and derailleur from AliExpress. They're still shifting flawlessly so obviously they are definitely FAKE!!!
  • 3 0
 Shimano is going to take down Amazon?
  • 2 0
 looks like they took the 'About Us' page quotes directly from the Zoro.com about us

www.zoro.com/about
  • 3 0
 Damnit! I had high hopes for my Shimeng 7 speed cassette
  • 1 0
 Meanwhile e-13 have a tyre sale on the front page of Pinkbike and still nobody wants to buy them, even if Maxxis etc are twice the price and impossible to get a hold of. Wink
  • 2 0
 You say that….but I just got some tan wall Minion Dhr and Dhf exo etc WT 29x24 29x2.5 which are non existent here. Got them from Depor Village. £34 each and £11 postage. Took 10 days but they are sitting in my garage waiting to be fitted. That was a bargain pre covid!!
  • 1 0
 @ilovedust: it so good when you find a tyre and not at a silly price, proper achievement.
Tan wall wouldnt suit my old yellow framed and red forked Mega and its an old 275er Frown
  • 1 0
 If even CRC etc are selling at least at full RRP (where there is stock) then that's all there is folks. Gonna suck when it's new drivetrain time...
  • 1 0
 What's so special about this. Prepandemic you could get knock off Shimano parts on ebay all day long.
  • 4 2
 ...fake bike parts are better than no bike parts at the moment.
  • 2 2
 Shimano: We only let one online retailer screw over our other distributors, and that retailer is Chain Reaction Cycles. Please go there for all of your 50% off shimano needs
  • 1 0
 CRC are defo not the cheapest. All the german ones are cheaper, even in the UK tweeks are cheaper.
  • 2 0
 @browner: Tweeks is only good if you don't mind wether or not what you've ordered exists or turns up
  • 1 0
 All I'm saying is that it's says Shimano on and it and will fool all my mates.
  • 5 5
 People have been buying knock-off Shimano crap from AliExpress for years....and we're worried about this?
  • 11 0
 There's also lots of legit Shimano stuff on there too.
  • 1 0
 @whitebirdfeathers: seriously? Honest question how do you tell the difference?
  • 15 0
 @Fullsend2-13: It states "genuine Shimano" in the product details.
  • 1 0
 @whitebirdfeathers: Ya. Lots of legit shimano and sram. Normally the serial numbers are scratched off.
  • 2 1
 hey, shimano products being sold for what they are worth..
  • 1 0
 if it walks like a duck And quacks like a duck
  • 2 0
 It's a witch!
  • 1 1
 I think they meant "Alibaba"...
  • 1 1
 So, anyone has some experience with the site?
  • 11 0
 @11six got a sb130 for $110 arriving soon. Review probably coming up in a few days
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