No. I think it is hard to go outside our comfort areas. I have built up quite a few bikes for personal use and always even with options kept going back to Shimano componetry. Call me crazy. I think they make great stuff (SRAM) that is, but I just like Shimano stuff so well I have had no reason to venture beyond the fence.
That said...............on my mountain bike build I just did I did venture way out for me. RaceFace crank; SRAM cassette; Crank Brothers pedals; Hayes brakes; well you get the idea. Gotta say...................very happy with the end result. But did use Deore shifters and derailleurs!
Now, would I still have Shimano, yes. I just wanted to expand my ability to build something other than a Shimano equipped bike.
Last edited by BurnNotice; 10-21-10 at 05:36 PM.