Ultegra 6700 hood question
Just got a new bike with 6700. Is it normal that there is a flap apparently missing on the hood where your thumb rests? I am finding it uncomfortable and also not very logical as water/debris can get into the mechanism rather easily.
That depends where your particular thumb rests
Seriously though, there does appear to be a little bit of exposed mechanism up behind the brake lever, near the pivot. I just fit out one of my bikes with these levers and rode them for the first time a few days ago. I remember remarking to myself that it felt a little odd that I could run my fingers over what felt like internal parts. I think it's normal though.
Click on this link, and take a look at the shifters. If you're shifters look like these, then there's nothing wrong. If yours are different, then there's a problem.
I just dropped the bike for service and asked the tech. He said it was designed that way as the brifter, especially on the left, needs the room when you shift. My other bike with 105 is covered. In doing some searching, it looks like you can change the hoods to something like Hudz and the area is more covered. I may try some of those.