I do believe that DT shifters are simple, easy to service and probably work just fine for many recreational riders. But honestly, I would rather have a newb rider keep their hands on the bars to shift that have them take one hand off (usually their right, dominant hand) to reach down to shift while weaving all over the MUP.
For an intitiate, integrated shifting is far friendlier and easier to use. Olde farts like us would not have this issue and, outside of competitive situations could probably get along with DT shifters just fine.
See, we do agree on this point.
And a new rider should master shifting before riding in a group.
Anyway, we agree to disagree. No harm done.
Last edited by joe932; 03-17-14 at 04:26 PM.
He's probably thinking of Dura Ace bar ends for triathletes.
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Ok, so perfect thread to ask this. WTF does STI stand for, anyway? Single Tap Integrated?
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You guys still arguing ?? Jeeesh
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I'm actually buying the bike with DT's in about a month (college budget...yay), but I borrowed a buddy's bike with indexed DT's and rode it for about a week and loved it. The test rides sold me on the DT's, really looking forward to having my own!
Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.
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Originally Posted by Cheshire Cat
The question is largely irrelevant. STI is so cheap and plentiful there's no reason to avoid it.
I have a 1980s trek pro series with downtube friction shifters. It doesn't slow me down.
OP didn't have enough scratch to buy good STI and he would have limited his upgrade options. So a number of people advised that he get good DT instead.
If I left my bikes parked on racks, I'd definitely go DT rather than the 6700 and Rival I run on my road bikes.