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Electronic shifters vs Mechanical shifter

Electronic shifters vs Mechanical shifter

Has anyone gotten a new bike recently and did you go with electronic shifters or mechanical?

Jim

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Re: Electronic shifters vs Mechanical shifter

Last new bike was eight years ago. E-shifters = solution in search of problem. I mean, REALLY -- too lazy to shift??

(Of course I speak as private citizen here, not forums moderator -- speaking of which, I'm leaving town in six weeks or so, like, permanently. Who wants to take over for me?)

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Re: Electronic shifters vs Mechanical shifter

Hi All
Put SRAM eTap on my Parlee 6 months ago. In a word--I love it! I still ride other bikes with mechanical shifting (including 70's downtube friction shifters on my retro bike) so I know the difference. Just a little tap, no hard throws of the the shifters.
In fact, the eTap is so easy and accurate, the bike manufacturers (Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, etc) should be subsidizing the power train manufacturers so they can put electronic shifting on entry level bikes. A lot more people would use road bikes if the shifting were as easy and reliable as the eTap. No cables to constantly to readjust, no missed shifts, etc.

The big ring shifting is especially easy; I go back and forth on the big rings just as easily as I shift on the rear cassette.

The Di2 now has an optional fully auto mode. I would have a problem with that as I like to stay on the little ring even on gently rolling terrain. The intervals work out better than on the big ring.

Ed

Edited by: Ed Cahill - May-08-17 10:22 am

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