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What do you like more, Shimano or SRAM? Why?

Old 06-06-16, 09:47 PM
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What do you like more, Shimano or SRAM? Why?

Hello,

I know this will start a long thread, but I was curious what people are using and why.

So, out of the two, Shimano and SRAM, what do you like more? Why

RH
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Old 06-06-16, 09:49 PM
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Oh no.

and in b4tcampycrowd

and tl

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I still haven't tried double tap. I'd like to, just so I can say that I have.

The reviews for etap seem to be very positive. There are some criticisms that rear shifts are a bit slower than shimano's and that battery life is only about half that of shimano's electronic system.

I'm so enamored with shimano mechanical ultegra, I find it difficult to believe either of sram's systems will outshine shimano's.
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Shimano is my preference, but I would not mind some mechanical Campy. SRAM is not on my list.
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Old 06-06-16, 10:11 PM
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Of the two? SRAM. Because I don't like floppy levers.
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I find Shimano simple to use, and more logical with breaking out the shifting and braking. Maybe I am a minority it those respect.
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Old 06-06-16, 10:23 PM
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I mix mountain and road components on most of my bikes. Easy with SRAM.
Otherwise like picking fly poop out of ground pepper.
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Shimano for the front derailleur and shifting up the cassette.
SRAM for the rear derailleur and shifting down the cassette.

Slight advantage to SRAM for minimized play in the brake levers.
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Why are we limited to two choices?
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
Why are we limited to two choices?
I might as well: I prefer Campagnolo.
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Old 06-07-16, 12:05 AM
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Depends on specific groupset and aesthetics but in general campagnolo
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Chris Horner really seems to like his SRAM

https://youtu.be/gmzieak_O4Q
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I like SRAM...just a little more than I like Shimano. But I think both do a great job. SRAM is lighter, at least in the brifters. Both shift, both will stop ya.I've only really experienced old campy.
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I was a Shimano guy, then bought a used bike with SRAM. My plan was to strip it off and replace with Shimano, but after riding it a few times, I realized it shifted better and crisper than my Shimano bikes.

So the opposite happened, now all of my bikes have SRAM on them. I dig their 11-speed stuff especially.
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Old 06-07-16, 08:15 AM
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I like the shifting action of DoubleTap and ergonomics of the SRAM hoods much better than Shimano, but the Yaw FD throws the chain a little too willingly. The actual shifts of Shimano are much quieter and smoother, but I like that with SRAM I can hear and feel the shift for confirmation. I still catch myself looking at the cog on my Shimano-equipped bike.

Really, though, they both work with their merits and their faults. I wouldn't call one better than the other. I do, however, want to throw some Campy gear on one of my bikes for giggles.
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Both function just fine. Shimano might be a bit crisper. But SRAM hood ergonomics fit my hand better. I've been riding STI bikes for as long as there has been STI. For years I suffered from hand pain/fatigue during and after long rides. Nothing I tried had any long lasting impact. 4 years ago I broke down and went bike shopping. I rode a bike with SRAM Rival and the pain went away. And its never been back. SRAM FTW.
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Originally Posted by silversx80 View Post
The actual shifts of Shimano are much quieter and smoother, but I like that with SRAM I can hear and feel the shift for confirmation. I still catch myself looking at the cog on my Shimano-equipped bike.

Really, though, they both work with their merits and their faults.
you can't tell that you've shifted by the difference in cadence?
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
you can't tell that you've shifted by the difference in cadence?
I spin between 95 and 110 rpm, and have a little trouble telling the difference in those 15 rpms. I can certainly tell if I were to jump from 95 to 110, but with 1 and 2 tooth differences in the rear cog stack, it's just not going to happen. My Shimano is a 12-27, 10-speed while my SRAM is an 11-26, 11-speed. On the Shimano cog, going from the 16 to 17 offers a very little variance in cadence while in the big ring (at about 25 mph I'll be at 95 rpm in 53/16, or 100 rpm in 53/17). Add a terrain where it's never flat and a change in cadence of 5 rpm can be attributed to a simple 0.5% change in grade, or a wind gust... or a change in road surface. Speed in never constant, so a precision cadence is not desirable for me.

With SRAM, I've never missed a shift on the rear cog, but with Shimano the shift will hang, more frequently than I prefer, without a little encouragement from the STI shifter, especially when in the middle of the cog. I'm also a little OCD with my indexing, and I want the chain to shift with no complaints.
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Originally Posted by silversx80 View Post
I spin between 95 and 110 rpm, and have a little trouble telling the difference in those 15 rpms. I can certainly tell if I were to jump from 95 to 110, but with 1 and 2 tooth differences in the rear cog stack, it's just not going to happen. My Shimano is a 12-27, 10-speed while my SRAM is an 11-26, 11-speed. On the Shimano cog, going from the 16 to 17 offers a very little variance in cadence while in the big ring (at about 25 mph I'll be at 95 rpm in 53/16, or 100 rpm in 53/17). Add a terrain where it's never flat and a change in cadence of 5 rpm can be attributed to a simple 0.5% change in grade, or a wind gust... or a change in road surface. Speed in never constant, so a precision cadence is not desirable for me.

With SRAM, I've never missed a shift on the rear cog, but with Shimano the shift will hang, more frequently than I prefer, without a little encouragement from the STI shifter, especially when in the middle of the cog. I'm also a little OCD with my indexing, and I want the chain to shift with no complaints.
you are comparing apples and oranges.

10 speed Shimano is outdated, and that shifting issue was common on 5700/6700/7900
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Old 06-07-16, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by American Euchre View Post
I'm so enamored with shimano mechanical ultegra, I find it difficult to believe either of sram's systems will outshine shimano's.
I have Force 22 on my bike, it's one step down from Red, so comparable to Ultegra. Ultegra is better.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
you are comparing apples and oranges.

10 speed Shimano is outdated, and that shifting issue was common on 5700/6700/7900

This whole thread is about comparing apples and oranges.

For the record, I've had that rear cog shifting with the 5700, 6600, and 5500 groups I've had on my bikes. On the flip side, the FD Shimano action has been nearly flawless while my SRAM has been known to throw the chain off the crankset even when shifting the rear (I think I've got it sorted out now, but the Force22 won't let me go big/small and small/big anymore).
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For racing and aggressive riding, I prefer SRAM because the tactile feedback is more clear. I know when the gear changes because I can hear it and feel it clearly in the shifter. Some call the action clunky, but I prefer the tactile feedback on SRAM over the "buttery" feel of Shimano. I don't think either is "better", but have a preference.
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Old 06-07-16, 10:38 AM
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I wondered when that would show up around here

Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Chris Horner really seems to like his SRAM

https://youtu.be/gmzieak_O4Q
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