Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Grid Reference, SK
Bikes: I never learned to ride a bike. It is my deepest shame.
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I like brifters a lot. I also hate them because I cannot switch to friction mode when indexing goes awry. However, brifters and indexed shifting are great. Really, really great. when they work, which is most of the time. If you have not used a bike with brifter I suggest you try out the new cannondale when you get it working perfectly. Then you can see how much brifters might be worth to you.
And, yes, downgrading a bike to downtube shifters will most likely lower the resale value. But if you like brifters then you can sacrifice the extra profit to keep the brifters for yourself. 8 speed brifters are kinda hard to find (except for Sora, which are not great).