Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Camp Hill, PA
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STI = Shimano Total Intergration. what that mean is that starting in about 1990 shimano started to do everything they could to ensure bike makers had to use complete shimano 'kits' on a bike.
they mounted the MTB shifters on the brake levers, so you could not have shimano shiftin and Dia Compe brakes.
they also lightened the sring in the road calipers (this was also part of SLR) and put a spring in the brake lever to return the lever to the starting point and pull the cable back. rather than rely on the caliper spring to this. result shimano calipers did not work as well with a non SLR or STI brake lever.
for the road STI/SLR finally morphed into the integrated shifter/brakelever AKA "Brifter"
Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,
Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '09 Motobecane SOLD, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape