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Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Olympia, Washington
Bikes: '75 Bertin, '93 Parkpre Team 925, '04 Kona King Kikapu, '05 Bianchi Vigorelli
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Can't say that I've ever used them. It appears that the online retailers are blowing these out for cheap, perhaps because they didn't sell well (?).
Most folks who have been riding awhile seem to have NOT embraced Shimano's the rapid rise and dual control. Certainly not the 'old schoolers' who started out on rapid fire- they prefer to use the current incarnation of same. Some people just don't care to change what they feel works great for them, and have developed an intuitive sense as far as operating the shift mechanisms.
The practicalities have also played a big part here. A combined shift/brake lever does not give the option of separate levers and shifter mechs, most importantly when folks want to use brake systems (read Avid, Hayes, Magura, Hope, etc.) other than Shimano. The other thing about this is the complexity of the dual control mechanism- hopelessly complicated and almost impossible to repair. If the mechanism fails, you have to sh*tcan the whole thing.
"I tell you, We are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you any different." - Kurt Vonnegut jr.