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Old 06-21-10, 05:14 AM   #1
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Push Button shifters

Electric shifters on pro bikes.
During the tv broadcast of the Tour de Swiss the commentator commented on the bikes having electric shifters.

Who among us does not need this?
I am now writing an application so you can text with the electrict shifters
I have a helmet designed so all you need to do is to think what gear you want.

That has to save drag and weight for TT's
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Old 06-21-10, 05:20 AM   #2
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You should do stand-up.
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The commentator was probably referring to Shimano's Dura-Ace Di2 Road model.
"The revolutionary Dura-Ace Di2 electronic shifting option with SEIS (Shimano Electronic Intelligent System) takes the already superior Shimano shifting performance to a whole new level never seen before. The increased accuracy, smoothness and reliability of electronic shifting makes gear changes faster and virtually eliminates missed shifts."

Link --> http://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont...duct/7970/road

If you can afford this option on your bike, go for it.
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If you can afford this option on your bike, go for it. [/QUOTE]

Or I can make you a deal on a used Mavic Mektronic system sitting in a box in my shop. Its advantages over the new Shimano stuff: 1. It's wireless; 2. It seems to work with just about any garage door remote.
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STI's
SPD
and now, SEIS.

Sure good with the abbreviations, aren't they?
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Don't be fooled, it's all to hide the electric motor.
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Professional cycling is becoming so alien to me.
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"The revolutionary Dura-Ace Di2 electronic shifting option with SEIS (Shimano Electronic Intelligent System) takes the already superior Shimano shifting performance to a whole new level never seen before. The increased accuracy, smoothness and reliability of electronic shifting makes gear changes faster and virtually eliminates missed shifts."
Isn't that almost exactly what they said about SIS in 1985?
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I'm waiting for the wireless versions, and then for a universal remote.
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Personally I think they need to go back to the friction shifters to separate the men from the boys....I mean even a monkey can pedal a bike and push buttons!

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I'm waiting for the wireless versions, and then for a universal remote.
See my post above, and then be careful what you ask for. During the time I used the Mektronic, I could swear lots of motorists had the universal remote intended for my set-up (it was coded to eliminate interference) clipped to their visors.
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See my post above, and then be careful what you ask for. During the time I used the Mektronic, I could swear lots of motorists had the universal remote intended for my set-up (it was coded to eliminate interference) clipped to their visors.
I had never heard of the Mektronic. Why'd the product die? Was the wireless not reliable enough?
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One of the new members of our club brought one to our last ride. He works for a bike shop and had a Di2 to test. It is quiet, shifts fast, has auto trim and is way out of my price range.

But face it even friction shifters aren't hard to shift it is just that new bifters are easier and more ergonomic. Electric shifters are simply even more ergonomic than bifters. But from what I understand they are no lighter than Dura Ace or SRAM Red.
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Jonathan:
Mektronic worked great for a couple years - just had to "re-initialize" periodically so it wouldn't respond to other electronic interference. I liked the earlier Mavic electronic shifting, the non-wireless Zap - worked well until the little wires broke. Mavic then sent me the Mektronic, which as I said worked well for awhile. But then it seemed like everything from power lines to garage door remotes would make it go haywire. After two hilly century rides where it died 10 miles in, leaving me 90 miles of up and down with only chainring shifting, I scrapped it for Campy Record, which I have on my other road bike. Very little can go wrong with a cable it it's just used for pulling, not transmitting.

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I can't afford it .. I just bought a remote controlled CF electric shaver.
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the ZAP was prety nice. my boss got tired of me sneaking up behind him and unplugging it though.
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Professional cycling is becoming so alien to me.
as long as the shifters arent doing the pedaling what is the problem? this was inevitable.
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Electric shifters on pro bikes.
During the tv broadcast of the Tour de Swiss the commentator commented on the bikes having electric shifters.

Who among us does not need this?
I am now writing an application so you can text with the electrict shifters
I have a helmet designed so all you need to do is to think what gear you want.

That has to save drag and weight for TT's
You think you are joking, wait about 5 years.....
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