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Old 02-26-17, 03:54 PM
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Finally tried the "other guy".

Not looking to start another Shimano vs Sram debate.

I've been riding Sram since 2011 when I got back into cycling. I did borrow a bike with 105 on it for a group ride where my son went to college. This past Wednesday, i was in Scottsdale, Az. and rented a bike very similar to mine, the major difference was Shimano Ultegra mechanical.

I have a Emonda SLR with Sram Red (mechanical for 2015 and eTap for 2016). The rental was a Emonda SL6 with Ultegra.

The drivetrain was really nice, but the shifters bothered me. I really disliked having to move the brake lever sideways to change gears and the other shifter was a bit hard to find and vague. I also disliked the gap in the hoods where the little shifter needs to move.

I know it's all about personal preference and what you are used to.

Another issue I had with the bike was the saddle. Mine has a Bontrager Paradigm RXXXL while the rental has a Paradigm Race. The rental was way too soft and started to bother me. I also have a Paradigm RL and have no problem with it.

I guess it's all about what your used to and riding another bike can be eye opening.
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