I was riding my LD bike to work this morning, and the shift bar on my left/front SRAM DoubleTap snapped off.
Less than a year of riding - and probably less than 3k miles, since it's been a bad year for me.
I knew going in that these things had a reputation for being finicky, but I had no idea one would just snap off like that.
Fortunately, with it gone, the doubletap control still works as a brake. And the right/rear shifter is still in great condition. Always had problems with the front one - the throw on it to get it to upshift was a bear, so it's small wonder it broke eventually.
So... I'm going the barcon route - at least for the front. Question is... what Barcons? A Set of SRAM 500 TTs will surely be compatible, or I could just get one friction shifter for the front and leave the back on the DoubleTap (which would open the possibility of putting the front shifter on the right bar, leaving the left bar with a mirror).
Gah. With this, it's the second mechanical failure in as many weeks. Both my bikes need maintenance, but at least I can ride this one as long as I don't hit any big hills.