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Campy and SRAM: “What took ya so long?” 😀
But Campy isn't wireless yet.

I imagine the hold up for shimano was perfecting wireless. Going 12sp was really no big deal, they already had that on the MTB side.

But Shimano’s elimination of mechanical shifting in Ultegra and Dura Ace might annoy some ppl.
That one is kinda surprising. Not that I care as I will never own a mechanical drivetrain again. But they ditched mechanical and kept rim brakes. 😲 Almost all new frames have gone disc, especially higher end.
 

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We need to be very vocal to Shamano about their plans to eliminate mechanical DA and Ultegra, if they get enough E-mails telling them to keep the mechanical DA and Ultegra stuff they could change their minds.
Good luck with that. Do you think they haven't taken that into consideration? What are you gonna do? Boycott and buy SRAM or Campy? They're going to be all electric in the next few years too.
Their business is innovation. Always has been. Always will.
If it made financial sense to cater to the small minority of luddites.. they would. But it doesn't. So they won't.


These are the same arguments when they went from 7 to 8 speed. And 8 to 9 speed. And 9 to 10 speed. And 10 to 11 speed. What? 😲 I gotta buy different chains? I gotta buy different hubs to fit my cassettes? ZOMG
The same arguments when cars went from carburetors to fuel injection. Nobody makes an inline 6 cylinder with a double barrel carburetor anymore. They were so much easier to work on!

Shimano released 8 sp 6400 groupset 30 years ago. If that's your thing, you can still buy brand new modern 8 sp groupsets.... that are way more advanced that your 30yro stuff.
 

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Well that's fine but there are millions of more bikes with mechanical than there are with electrical, so they're stabbing themselves in the back to ignore millions of people, why?
As I said... it's what sells. They are in the business of innovation and selling stuff.
Why is that so hard to understand?
Cars. Rocket ships. Phones. Computers. Bicycles.
Do you seriously think they haven't weighed the loss/benefit of not selling 12 speed mechanical? Seriously?

And as I said.... you can still buy brand new 8speed, 9speed, 10speed technology. If that's your thing. Nobody is being stabbed in the back.

Maybe when you write your letter to Shimano you could tell them of your boycott and going to buy Sram Red 12 speed mechanical... oh.. NOT. That's only available in.... electronic.
Sram has already been 'stabbing' themselves in the back and doing fine.
 

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Electronic shifting doesn’t improve shifting.
Yes it does.
But is the motor and computer more reliable?
Yes.
Is fussing with it better in ways that fussing with a barrel adjuster is?
Fussing? lol. There is no fussing. I've got 3 bikes with tens of thousands of miles. Never fussed once. Haven't touched a derailleur once after it was setup. It shifts exactly the same on mile one and mile 20,000 with zero maintenance between.


But hey... you can still buy brand new 10 speed mechanical.

Even 9 speed mechanical.
 

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As I said... "If it made financial sense to cater to the small minority of luddites.. they would. But it doesn't. So they won't."
Both SRAM and Shimano note that people just aren't buying mechanical.

Electronic dominance
No one can deny that mechanical shifting has a sizeable advantage over electronic shifting in terms of serviceability and often weight (particularly at anything other than flagship price points). However, in conversations with countless product managers from various bicycle brands in recent months about consumer preferences, the answer is always the same: when given the option, so few people are actually buying the cable-actuated stuff that it’s impossible to justify keeping it around from a financial point of view.

One only has to look at SRAM’s recent product development to see evidence of this trend in real time.
It’s been a very different story for SRAM’s mechanical road groupsets. Despite plenty of love and loyalty from hardcore enthusiasts, it’s basically a case of the highly vocal minority.
The current generation of SRAM’s Red 22 mechanical groupset hasn’t been updated since its last revamp in 2013.

From an engineering standpoint, it wouldn’t take much for SRAM to update its mechanical road groupsets to the 12-speed format....
In all likelihood, SRAM has the resources to do this, and you’d better believe that if the demand (and profit margins) was there, the company would make it happen. However, SRAM has clearly decided the juice isn’t worth the squeeze, and its OEM partners apparently feel the same way (though that hasn’t kept third-party tinkerer Ratio Technology from doing it on a retrofit basis).


As promised, Di2’s shift performance is uncannily faster and more precise, it’s more consistent over time than mechanical setups, and many riders just prefer the lighter feel of short-stroke buttons instead of bigger levers with more throw.
I anticipate that — unlike with Ultegra — Shimano will continue to offer 105 in a mechanical version, which will assuredly also make the jump to 12-speed. If only to keep OEM product managers happy, I would guess that the new 105 mechanical would hold pretty firm on the end cost, or maybe just increase slightly. Nevertheless, it seems likely that — at least as far as Shimano is concerned — 105 will now be the brand’s top mechanical offering.
 

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I'm sorry, but this is just a blatant lie. You can't even find any 10, 11, or 12 speed mechanical Campy groupsets because they are completely sold out. There is a tremendous demand for mechanical groupsets, they're just not available.
Your lie is a lie. :rolleyes:
Everything is sold out. There's a global shortage on all sorts of thing.

However, in conversations with countless product managers from various bicycle brands in recent months about consumer preferences, the answer is always the same: when given the option, so few people are actually buying the cable-actuated stuff that it’s impossible to justify keeping it around from a financial point of view.

But surely your anecdotal evidence is more reliable than the product managers of the actual products.
 

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Your corporate overlords are scrambling your brain. You CAN buy electronic (EPS) components, only the mechanical ones are sold out. For example 11 speed SR EPS shifters are available, mechanical shifters are not.
Who's lying? These are all available right now.









 

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I said SR and Record...
Sorry, there was so much Campy stuff available I couldn't select it all. But alas... SR and Record are there too.

 

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Yeah, but the Campy stuff is so much better. ;)

I think its a huge mistake to walk away from mechanical groups and have 105 and below be the only alternative. My guess is Ultegra and Dura Ace will eventually have mechanical options, after Shimano first tries to saturate their market with electronic only alternatives. This is a marketing ploy. And a good reason not to buy their stuff.
Sram RED walked away from mechanical several years ago. SRAM’s Red 22 mechanical groupset hasn’t been updated since 2013... 8yrs ago. There is no Red mechanical 12 speed. Marketing ploy?
 

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Hydraulic disc brakes will stop a bike better and more reliably, especially in wet conditions. I can’t imagine snow and ice riding on my mtb without the great performance of my discs. But what % of roadies will experience any performance improvement in their riding? None? That’s my guess or Ineos would have made the swap.
Ineos made the swap to disc.

 
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