I know a few of you have this on your bikes (even a LHT recently). Has anyone used it for a long period of time (like 2k+ miles) that can give a durability report? Any issues with additional cable wearing on the pully? How about issues with road-grime fouling the pully etc.
I want to upgrade to a LHT and keep my 9sp campy levers, but there are no campy 135 mm hubs out there. This means Shimano Hubs. There is a $140 cassette that would work, but then my gearing is limited to a 25 cog. For that kind of money I can get an XT derailleur and an LX cassette and get a 34 cog. I'd like to go with the shiftmate option, but I want to know how well it works long-term before I do it. Otherwise, I think I'll just hold off for a while.
Assuming good reviews of the jtek, here is what I'm thinking:
Frame & Fork: 56cmLHT
Wheels: 36 spoke Mavic A719 w/ XT hubs $229 on Nashbar (any reason you can't use disc brake hubs without using disc brakes? If there is, this will cost a bit more)
brakes: Avid shorty 6
brifters: Campy Veloce 9sp
FD: Mirage triple
RD: XT M760 SGS 9-Long-cage
New 9-sp XTR/DA chain
Cassette: Deore HG50 (11-34)
Cranks: PowerCranks/Mirage triple
Bottom Bracket: Campy veloce
Chainrings: 32-42-52 (would like to go to 28-40-50 but its too much $$$)
Susp Seatpost with my Celeste color Saddle from the Bianchi
Tires: armadillo 28s for now, soon Nokian W106, then some good 38s
Total cost including tax (having shop do the build) about $1,000.
Any thoughts? I haven't committed to anything yet. (BTW, I won't swap the cranks since I want to keep the powercranks and must therefore use a campy compatible bottom bracket)