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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
That's the thing that I like least about Shimano.
A year or so ago I actually bought a set of 9-speed Ultegra levers to keep as spares because I have two bikes that use them and I'm thinking that when they die Ultegra level replacements won't be available.
Shimano isn't the only one. 8-speed Campy is very much an orphan. 9-speed Campy is getting difficult to find and I expect the service parts are too. Since there were two 9-speed versions, it's even trickier.
Campy has also changed their 10-speed shifters twice. First was the '06 and earlier, next was the "QS" and "Ultrashift" for '09. Now that 11-speed is out, it will be interesting to see how long 10-speed is supported.