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Old 11-27-23, 11:40 PM
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Is it premature to hoard 11-speed Di2 derailleurs?
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
Is it premature to hoard 11-speed Di2 derailleurs?
Probably appropriate to (ahem) stockpile them if you plan to keep riding the same bike for more than 3-4 years.

One problem with electronic shifters is that it's going to be much more difficult for an alternate supplier (like Microshift) to clone them down the road. What level of bike do you consider what logisticians call "Line Replaceable Unit?" The whole bike, the shifter, the entire shifting system, etc.?
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Originally Posted by pdlamb
Probably appropriate to (ahem) stockpile them if you plan to keep riding the same bike for more than 3-4 years.

One problem with electronic shifters is that it's going to be much more difficult for an alternate supplier (like Microshift) to clone them down the road. What level of bike do you consider what logisticians call "Line Replaceable Unit?" The whole bike, the shifter, the entire shifting system, etc.?
It is a 2014 custom steel bike, with the peculiarity of having QR and disc brakes, so adapting this to 12-speed would possibly involve making two costly wheel-sets obsolete (unless I am missing something). The wheels have Chris King and White Industries rear hubs. My current plan is to keep riding this bike as long as I am physically able to do so (which with some luck may be 10 or 20 years).
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
It is a 2014 custom steel bike, with the peculiarity of having QR and disc brakes, so adapting this to 12-speed would possibly involve making two costly wheel-sets obsolete (unless I am missing something). The wheels have Chris King and White Industries rear hubs. My current plan is to keep riding this bike as long as I am physically able to do so (which with some luck may be 10 or 20 years).
Balancing the cost of a custom bike against the cost of a set of shifters ... heck, get 'em and put 'em on the shelf. I spent a couple hundred 12-15 years ago for some 9-speed brifters that're still waiting to go on the bike, but the peace of mind is well worth it (for me).
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Originally Posted by pdlamb
Balancing the cost of a custom bike against the cost of a set of shifters ... heck, get 'em and put 'em on the shelf. I spent a couple hundred 12-15 years ago for some 9-speed brifters that're still waiting to go on the bike, but the peace of mind is well worth it (for me).
I bought some backup Di2 shifters/brakes when I found them on sale for $199. Then I built up another bike around them.
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
I bought some backup Di2 shifters/brakes when I found them on sale for $199. Then I built up another bike around them.
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