||03-17-14 03:40 PM
Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
"Brifter" refers to the combination of a brake lever and shifter. "Shifter" is a term that includes downtube shifters. And stem shifters. And grip shifters. And anything else that might have been cooked up at some point in history. It's a new word that accurately and succinctly describes a specific type of component, across different brands.
Not that I expect to persuade you, of course.
I'm going to drop the "brifter" thing for now as it isn't the real point of the thread but, before I do, I'll just point out that it doesn't make anything any clearer.
If you are talking with anyone who has even a passing knowledge of bikes then shifter would be understood to mean what 90%+ of all non mass merchant road bikes are equipped with: integrated levers. There would be no confusion. With either you may have to clarify which brand if it is relevant to the conversation.
If, however, you are running something other than integrated shifteers, this would have to be stated and defined as it is pretty much an anomaly at this point.
If I say I have a car you would rightly assume it has four wheels because that is, by far, the norm even though there are three wheeled cars out there. If you were talking about a three wheeled car you would certainly need to point that out as that is not what the listener would assume when they heard the word car.
Brifter doesn't add any clarity at all to the conversation. It is just a dumb word that some Fred dreamed up and thought he was being clever.