Wilier Izoard XP (Campagnolo Record)
Cinelli Xperience (SRAM Force)
Specialized Allez (SRAM Rival)
Bianchi Via Nirone 7 (Campagnolo Centaur)
As to the racing question... not so much the shifter, but 10 speed is what you need. I.E. bumming a wheel in the pit at a crit, or grabbing a wheel from the neutral support vehicle (most likely find 10 speed shimano, and then 11 speed for electronic kits. 9 speed shimano will be the rarest in a race situation.
My bike is equipped with the 2013 Sora groupset. I think it works great. The front derailleur's trim adjustment is functional and the 3 gear downshift is spot on. I wish I could get rid of the indicators on the hoods and the external cables.
I guess I'll leave this review of them that I did a couple of months ago:
I'm pretty damn happy with them. Shift action and accuracy/tuning has been flawless for me.
I also got my pants blown off by a 55 year old who led last weeks' ride when I was rocking my Cervelo (he took multiple 5 minute climbs at 350-400 watts just to stay behind him, so he was no slouch) and his bike was an old-gen noncarbon deal with old school parts, so it works both ways.
Well, thanks to the advice of some people here, I spent some time dallying on Amazon.
I'm thinking that if I manage to sell my current componentry for 180-200$, I would do this, and just not have access to my road bike for a week or so.
After doing that, I'd have spent only around 150 dollars to upgrade.
Why does it provide satisfaction to me when I out-ride someone who has spent more than I earn in a year on a bike? Because I'm immature and the guys I'm referring to genuinely think that DA stuff is going to save them minutes in a TT or climb. Although they are the minority within my club.
shimano trickle down tech is always good. even the old 8 speed sora shifters were pretty stout. i sold a 12 year old trek with the original sora shifters recently and they still felt pretty crisp after 20 thousand miles or so (20k wet, grimey portland winter miles)
Last edited by pdxtex; 07-11-13 at 05:05 PM.
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