New more affordable electronic shifter coming

MLB

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what is the point of electronic shifting other than marketing? With the precision of indexed shifting what is gained? ANYONE find the little lever too hard to move? ;)
One more thing to leave you stuck if it breaks.
 

opimax

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As we baby boomers age , my wife can't use her thumbs well, she is ready for this, she will struggle with the incorrect gear rather then shift, arthritis. Mine hurt after a a long ride too, 80 + miles . I would like auto shifting w/over ride. There are many different people who want to ride bikes. What do you think of a recumbent? what about a large person who want to ride ? etc..
 

RoyL

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..but this still has a cable running from the shifter,

i just don`t see the point.
 

Cameron Newland

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what is the point of electronic shifting other than marketing? With the precision of indexed shifting what is gained? ANYONE find the little lever too hard to move? ;)
One more thing to leave you stuck if it breaks.
Shifter cable adjustments, for one. That'd make it worth every penny for me.
 

MLB

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Shifter cable adjustments, for one. That'd make it worth every penny for me.
Yes, at least once each year, I have to twist the little cable adjuster (right there by the shifter) 1/4" or so.
I worked up a pretty good sweat last time......................not. ;)
 

MLB

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As we baby boomers age , my wife can't use her thumbs well, she is ready for this, she will struggle with the incorrect gear rather then shift, arthritis. Mine hurt after a a long ride too, 80 + miles . I would like auto shifting w/over ride. There are many different people who want to ride bikes. What do you think of a recumbent? what about a large person who want to ride ? etc..
Sorry about your hands, wasnt' aware anyone had trouble shifting.
Recumbents are fabulous I've been riding them for 20 years and they are incredibly confortable. Balance is more difficult due to the unfamiliar seating position. I have carpal tunnel and underseat steering is a great boon to that.
Not sure why a large person would have specific problems with their hands and riding...... ??
 

opimax

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I was pointing out that there are different needs for different people was all. I did leave out when I win the lottery and have excess money I would buy a $9500 version of an st2 w/buttons :) , so luxury vehicles do have a place too
 

MLB

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I was pointing out that there are different needs for different people was all. I did leave out when I win the lottery and have excess money I would buy a $9500 version of an st2 w/buttons :) , so luxury vehicles do have a place too
With all due respect, I'd guess the % of regular bikers that have trouble shifting would be pretty small. There are numerous different methods of shifting that dont' tie you to an electrical connection.
 

Cameron Newland

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How is that a big difference?
It's quite obvious: a cable under tension stretches over time and has to be readjusted or replaced every so often. Having a data cable doesn't require those adjustments. It's not clear to me why someone would prefer the solution that requires more maintenance vs. one without it.
 
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opimax

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If you are pointing out the engineering of the push button hopefully and expectedly it will improve w/technology as normal. if you are saying it isn't needed certainly the amount that "need" it it are small ,but probably increasing and if it was there and cost $5 I would buy it now.

Cars started w/manual transmissions , then came automatics. I test drove a new van last weekend and it had a non moveable stalk w/buttons on it for gears and it had paddle shifters on the wheel although as under powered and clumsy as a van is, they were there.