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Originally Posted by LarDasse74 View Post
Low-normal derailleurs (rapid rise)
Numerous chainring bolt patterns, including the last generation DA triple, mid/late nineties STX, Alivio...
SPD Road pedals
Aluminum tall-flange cassette bodies
'remote'(bar end) mtb shifters
... there are more, I am sure.

Yes all the products that were practical and successful stuck around, but the products that disappear are seldom seen even when in production. Shimano's success comes from equal parts successful innovation, and quick removal from the catalogue of unsuccessful ones.
Not to promote further thread derailment, but Shimano had a few duds before even before Biopace, e.g., Positron, Positron II, Direction 6, Pitch 10. Anybody remember any others?
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