Originally posted by OneTinSloth
i like products that WORK the way they should because i ride my bike for a living, it's a pain in the ass to futz with a stupid shifter that goes one gear at a time, when i need a least three most times. STIs are not dynamic enough in that respect. when i want to get from 18T down to 12T i don't want to have to hit the stupid shifter six god damn times, when if i had the campy shifters, or DT shifters i could do it in one motion. also, hitting the shifter six times in a row, will wear it out faster than if it was one smooth motion, but, like i said before, i like friction shifting because it lets ME move the derailluer into the sweet spot.-
and i'm not lazy, i prefer efficient shifting that fits my needs. remember that one shift used to take up several gears at a time in the old days, are you calling eddy mercx lazy?
THEN WHY BOTHER WITH STI IF THAT'S WHAT YOU PREFER?
the brake lever moves to the side when i go to pull the brakes. yes, i have small hands, but i'm pretty sure there are a lot of people out there who have the same problem with the way shimano engineered their lever/shifters. i also have had problems (when the levers are mounted on regular drop bars) with shifting to an easier gear and having the brakes pulled because the whole stupid unit moves together.
YOU KNOW THAT THIS HOW SHIMANOS WORK. IT'S NOT A PROBLEM FOR ME. SO KNOWING THIS, WHY DID YOU STILL GET SHIMANO??? BECAUSE IT WAS ALL BLACK????
admittedly, i have not broken anything yet, but that's because i barely ride the stupid bike anyway, partly because of the shifters, but mostly because a friend has my wheels. a good friend of mine works in a shop and about twice a month someone comes in whining "i broke my STI shifter, i broke my STI shifter what do i do!?!" and then they have to replace it.
YOU BUILT THE BIKE...IT'S NOT THE ONE THAT'S STUPID.
i spent a long time planning out what components i was going to put on this bike, comparing prices, durability, functionality, and finally, looks. i decided i wanted an all black parts group because well, it looks different from everyone else's bike, plus the bike i have is a pretty dark color already. BLAHBLAHBLAHBLAHBLAHBLAH
IF YOU REALLY HATE HOW STIS WORK, THEN (IF YOU ARE SENSIBLE) YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN VELOCE WHICH IS MORE OR LESS AT THE SAME LEVEL AND PRICE POINT AS 105.
you didn't get my point. i know STIs weren't made with bullhorns in mind, i'm not ********. my point was, if they're going to go to such great lengths to make everything aero and slick looking, but then have the shifter cables come out and screw it all up, then shy bother with aero routing in the first place? and FYI, we made the aero brake cable routing BLAHBLAHBLAHBLAHBLAHBLAH[/B]