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Microshift Arsis just deboxed

Old 06-14-14, 11:35 AM
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Microshift Arsis just deboxed

Just received a Microshift Arsis groupset, yet to fit. Anyone want to see anything in particular, measurements weights etc? Thought I'd offer as there seems few pictures out there. So far first impressions very good.
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Originally Posted by bikedoofus View Post
Just received a Microshift Arsis groupset, yet to fit. Anyone want to see anything in particular, measurements weights etc? Thought I'd offer as there seems few pictures out there. So far first impressions very good.
FWIW, I've got the arsis in white and CF finish, and I can't complain about it. Everything just works, and if it matters, every piece is lighter than its 105 equivalent. The only other full group I've got experience with is the Sora build on the wife's bike, so I don't have much to compare it to. But yes, more info is better, a shot of each on a scale would suffice for the internets .
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Old 06-14-14, 05:24 PM
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I take it you've bought this set, found flaws,and returned it? Or just like raining on parades?
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Can't stop giggling at the name, clearly not tested on a UK audience...
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I'd love to hear the opinion on microshift. I've never met anybody who rode them and seem like a heck of a good price!
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I'd love to hear the opinion on microshift. I've never met anybody who rode them and seem like a heck of a good price!
I used it on a TT bike a few years ago. Seemed like Shimano to me.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Can't stop giggling at the name, clearly not tested on a UK audience...

Yep, not a lot you can to to dull down that name...hahaha
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Experience?
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Yes, their names do tend toward the comical... Arsis, Bona...

I'm upgrading from sora so this should be quite a jump. I've also used my dad's ultegra, 105 and DA so hoping to be able to give a fair comparison. Not used SRAM/campag.

Love the design so far. Ergonomics seem spot on, everything very solid and stiff. Separate brake and shift levers and external gear cable routing, both of which seem much more sensible to me.

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Old 06-15-14, 06:14 AM
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I have an old Nashbar version of Microshift shifters (everything else is Shimano) for a 9-speed group. I've been very happy with them. Ergonomically they're similar to Shimano and I actually prefer the 2 button shifting process as compared to the one button/shift lever combo of Shimano. Those shifters are on my travel bike, so they haven't seen a ton of miles.
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Microshift reminds me of the old Suntour stuff. Everyone dissed it at the time but looking back now it becomes apparent their products were quite good.
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If by *good*, you guys mean worse (notchy-er) then the "old" sora with the thumb shifters, then yes.
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If by *good*, you guys mean worse (notchy-er) then the "old" sora with the thumb shifters, then yes.
I've bought these as a direct replacement for old thunb-shifter sora brifters. Haven't noticed anything I could describe as "notchiness" on either set. Perhaps yours were maladjusted? Can you define the problem?
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Once microshift makes shifters with all cable housing lying underneath bar tape, I'm in.
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Once microshift makes shifters with all cable housing lying underneath bar tape, I'm in.
I'm really on the fence on that one, certainly I don't prefer exposed/under-tape cables enough to sway my decision either way, but I think I'm JUST leaning toward preferring exposed - makes it really easy to clean and re-grease the outers and avoids tight turns in the shift cable. If I were racing very competitively or didn't do my own maintenance then maybe I'd be swayed the other way for lower drag (though I'd be surprised if it could even be quantified). I couldn't care less about the looks.

Microshift's new 11 speed system (not out yet) has concealed routing and has a thumb shifter which is accessible to the thumb on hoods and drops. This makes a huge amount of sense to me. Could be very good.

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Only complaint is the lack of a concealed housing option. That is the only issue I've found. Rolling the 2013 9-speed option and out of three road bikes (including a new bike, Scott, with 105), prefer it. Actuation is much crisper and ergonomics are significantly better for my hands.

Also have a 10 speed white Arsis set that suffered road rash in a wicked accident. Still work great, but look rugged.

YMMV. Everyone's fit is different. The value is there.

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Only complaint is the lack of a concealed housing option. That is the only issue I've found. Rolling the 2013 9-speed option and out of three road bikes (including a new bike, Scott, with 105), prefer it. Actuation is much crisper and ergonomics are significantly better for my hands.

Also have a 10 speed white Arsis set that suffered road rash in a wicked accident. Still work great, but look rugged.

YMMV. Everyone's fit is different. The value is there.

Slightly OT: Is that a BD gravity frame that has been powdercoated / painted in that matte black finish?
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Doesn't look any worse that tiagra or sora in terms of cables. If it shifts nicely I'd be happy with it. In all honesty I prefer the cables exposed as its easier to maintain.
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I'd also prefer concealed housing, but that thumb shifter is not an ideal solution.
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Originally Posted by DXchulo View Post
that thumb shifter is not an ideal solution.
I like the look of it myself. When I'm cruising on the hoods in the city I prefer the Sora ergonomically to 105/Ultegra/DA as you have a thumb and a finger constantly resting on both up and down controls, but it's a pig when on the drops obviously. If I could have thumb shifters in both locations I think that could be ergonomically superior to the current shim/sram/camp crop. Never know till you try it though, but it would be a shame if a superior system was damned by unfair sora comparisons, which could easily happen.

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FWIW: From a function and serviceability standpoint, concealed housings are all bad. More friction, the housing wear faster due to the tighter bends and replacing them is a pain.
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Originally Posted by KBentley57 View Post
Slightly OT: Is that a BD gravity frame that has been powdercoated / painted in that matte black finish?
You have a sharp eye. Actually from Bike Island, was $169 with Kinesis fork and headset. Super comfy and stiff frame.

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FWIW: From a function and serviceability standpoint, concealed housings are all bad. More friction, the housing wear faster due to the tighter bends and replacing them is a pain.
Agree. Prefer look of concealed, but maintenance and wear are both better on exposed, IME. Have 1 105 and 1 Tiagra 4600, really trying to get myself off of the need for concealed cables. Almost there. Dressing up the bike with housing sure helps.
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Was I alone in being annoyed from an aesthetics point of view when Shimano went all-internal? I mean, I like my 105s, but the external cabling was what made Shimano's shifters stand out in the peloton.
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