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Old 04-13-07, 05:44 AM   #1
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Forgive me, for I have sinned.

I ordered a pair of Sora brifters for my 8-speed commuter. They should be here today. I built this bike up last fall with bar-end shifters and, while I like them, I don't like taking a hand off the hoods to down shift on a hill while being passed by an 18-wheeler. Or anything else, for that matter.

The bar-ends are ultimately reliable, simple, forgiving, and easy to use. I just want the comfort of not having to move my hands.
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Old 04-13-07, 06:05 AM   #2
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Comfort on the bike is a good thing. Hope they doo all that you are asking of them...that is make life easier on the road. I do not like riding with 18-wheelers at all. so don't very often.......peace
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Old 04-13-07, 06:44 AM   #3
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Once you have had brifters, there is no going back. They are the greatest bicycle development in the past 50 years, IMHO.
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Sora brifters work quite well. Since the chief complaint against them is the thumb shift button (difficult to reach from the drops) folks who ride on the hoods a lot have no problem
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There are good sins and bad sins..........well, with cycling anyway. This is a GOOD one.
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Yeah, bar end shifters are junk. Send them to me and I'll dispose of them for you.
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I am looking at replacing my 7 speed down tube shifters with Sora 2X7 brifters... before I even get my Centurion on the road. So if it is a sin to replace simple gear mechanisms with brifters, I am right behind you!
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Save that for the wife unit. The only sin associated with buying bike parts here will be envy.
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Sora brifters work quite well. Since the chief complaint against them is the thumb shift button (difficult to reach from the drops) folks who ride on the hoods a lot have no problem
I rarely get in the drops so this is why I like them.
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Yeah, bar end shifters are junk. Send them to me and I'll dispose of them for you.
... or you can send them to me.
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Bar end shifters . . . are those the guys who hang out in pubs, only changing positions when they think it will help them get a free drink from someone?
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I ride both styles of shifter. To be honest, after 10 minutes on either bike I feel at home. Sliding my hand down the bars to the bar-end seems pretty natural and the shifting a bit more precise or "quicker".
The brifters are extremely convenient and I like the ease of shifting out of the saddle. I have thumb trigger Campy and haven't noticed much difficulty hitting the thumb trigger from the drops.

Personally, the differences between the two don't seen that dramatic...but we all have preferences, some more strongly held than others. Variety of cycling styles and bikes within one's life is good.
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... or you can send them to me.
No, no ,no. Send them to me.
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Should I start a bidding war?
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No, I called them first so I got dibs.
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You could have a contest?
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Sora brifters work quite well. Since the chief complaint against them is the thumb shift button (difficult to reach from the drops) folks who ride on the hoods a lot have no problem

And lack of a trim function which make for a so-so setup with triple chainring.
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I just got back from my first ride with the brifters. It was soooo nice! My left brifter has a half click position for trimming on the middle chainring. I had zero problems with chain noise.
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And lack of a trim function which make for a so-so setup with triple chainring.

new model 3304 has trim.....
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new model 3304 has trim.....

Yup!
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