Old 10-19-13, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
Exposed cables are superior IMO because they have significantly less friction and are much easier to replace/service.
The vigilant war you must wage on cable friction is only for Shimano's sake, with their dumb short pull. Never had an issue with Ergos (on my third set now) - the natural degradation of the housing liners has never got to the point I needed to swap the housing out.

This is why aero 10s STIs are the worst idea ever. They only work when the housing is fresh and you're using a really nice cable, and make sacrifices to all the right gods.

So on a sensible system like Ergo or Doubletap, housing replacement is a non-issue and it's superior because a) it looks miles better and b) you can carry a bag of stuff back from the shop without having to fuss about avoiding the cables.

Also, the aero 10s levers are pretty damn ugly; despite the hidden cables they look almost as nasty as 1st-gen STIs.

Oh, and one more fact reminding us all that Shimano have a thing or two to learn from Campy and SRAM about brifters: ever tried to replace a cable on one of these stupid things? There's a big gap where the cable just runs in a groove, often requiring you to cut into bar tape which is invariably wrapped over the section of interest... madness.

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