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Old 11-07-07, 05:44 AM   #1
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Who is Ready for the Future of Shifting?

Actually; I am not sure it is the future of shifting
But I am sure that right at 14 months from now you will be able to buy production
Dura Ace equipped bikes with Electronic shifters, frt der, and rear der
And there will be 3 optional shifters to mount top flat of hbar, on drop near brake lever, or barend

So who is in early ?

brings up all kinds of questions:
where will you carry your spare batteries?
how long till bluetooth with voice activation?
how soon is this the standard down to Sora?
Does it maker you want to buy a new bike or collect old ones?

{PS - normal DA stays in line**

just something fun to think about
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Old 11-07-07, 05:55 AM   #2
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i'll leave the real world R&D to the techno-geeks.
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Old 11-07-07, 05:58 AM   #3
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Not me. As much as I like the techno stuff, I do not want the e-shift for whatever reason.
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Old 11-07-07, 06:00 AM   #4
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I'll be keeping that sh!te as far away from my bicycle as possible.
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No thanks. I like standard transmissons in our cars. Why would I favor automatic shifting for my bikes.
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Old 11-07-07, 06:10 AM   #6
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No thanks. I like standard transmissons in our cars. Why would I favor automatic shifting for my bikes.
Where did you get the idea that Electric DA has automatic shifting?
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Old 11-07-07, 06:45 AM   #7
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Where did you get the idea that Electric DA has automatic shifting?
Hell if they are going to make it automatic as well they may as well make it talk too.

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Old 11-07-07, 06:56 AM   #8
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New?

Zap.

A buddy of mine loved his. Then he had a battery die while doing a TT. He said life sucked that day.
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I am sure I will want electronic shifting......just not yet. After it has been out for a few seasons and has been through a few generations then I will give it a real look.
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Yeah, give it a few iterations, and I'm sure it will work really well. Just interested in seeing how Campy responds as I know they have a prototype as well. My concern would be in the size and position of the battery.

Didn't some pros try them out this year at the Tour? I seem to recall ...
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I just bought a new 9-spd D/A brifter. I am not an early adopter. I'll try electronic shifting on my new Aerogel frame in 2020.
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Nothing strikes me as being quite as pointless as introducing electronics to bicycle shifting.

We'll see.
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If I'm in the market for a new group when it comes out, I'd buy it if the price falls in line with the weight and cool factor.

Is BD going to carry them?
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Nothing strikes me as being quite as pointless as introducing electronics to bicycle shifting.
I take it back. The Mets signing Arod would be more pointless than that. Not much however.
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Will this be wired or wireless?

if wireless how soon will we see a handheld device that auto shifts everybody around to their 53-12 while were going up a hill. Trust me it wont take long.
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Wired.

I'll keep an open mind about it, but to be honest, unless it is substantially better (lighter or more reliable) I can't see switching.
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sounds like the answer to a question no body asked.
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sounds like the answer to a question no body asked.
Say what?
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So who is in early ?
Not me, unless it's on a TT bike (with buttons on both positions).

Shimano should work on something that matters, like cable positioning.
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Nothing strikes me as being quite as pointless as introducing electronics to bicycle shifting.

We'll see.
because i'm not as old as you and still have some of my memory intact i remember the same arguments for index shifting and sti levers. it may suck now but after it's been an the market for a year or two we'll wonder how we lived without it
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Will this be wired or wireless?

if wireless how soon will we see a handheld device that auto shifts everybody around to their 53-12 while were going up a hill. Trust me it wont take long.
That might cause more chaos than the sprint finishes in the TdF (which are cleverly designed to get as many racers as possible to fall off thier bikes).
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because i'm not as old as you and still have some of my memory intact i remember the same arguments for index shifting and sti levers. it may suck now but after it's been an the market for a year or two we'll wonder how we lived without it
Well, I'm with Pcad on this one. I've seen the stuff written about them on cyclingnews.com; but (and this is a serious question) what is the advantage? Having ridden both down tube (before and after indexed shifting) and brifter equipped bikes, I know that brifters have advantages. What are they for electronic shifting?
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Well, I'm with Pcad on this one. I've seen the stuff written about them on cyclingnews.com; but (and this is a serious question) what is the advantage? Having ridden both down tube (before and after indexed shifting) and brifter equipped bikes, I know that brifters have advantages. What are they for electronic shifting?
If they do it right, it could be a LOT lighter.
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I can't wait. I burn up so many calories just pedaling. Can't afford to waste 'em on shifting.
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I just can't see the reduced brifter weight and cables not being made up in battery and mechanism. I'd imagine these are shifted with a servo motor.
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