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Mavic M'tronic - reveal the realrear wheel deal..(5 posts)

Mavic M'tronic - reveal the realrear wheel deal..Possible Upgrader
May 22, 2001 10:22 AM
What's the deal with this system - is it really better than D-A and record - if so why? Any probs? Long-term reliability?

re: Mavic M'tronic - reveal the realrear wheel deal..TJeanloz
May 22, 2001 10:56 AM
I've got each of the three systems on a bike; one record, one Dura-Ace, and one Mektronic. Mektronic is funtionally the worst. In my opinion, it is a showpiece item, a little bit like a concept car. It is cool to see that engineers are working on improving shifting systems, but Mektronic is sort of a work in progress. I am certain that this sort of design is the future of shifting, at least until the UCI bans it. What it boils down to is that it's a great idea, but it doesn't work with 100% the reliability of Record or Dura-Ace. Its coolness factor is probably double though- I can ride down the Boulder Creek bike path on a Record equiped bike and not get a single comment from passersby, with Mektronic, almost everybody has something to say or a question to ask.
It's funny you should asktommyb
May 22, 2001 1:28 PM
I put on a Mektronic system just over a week ago. I got a great deal on it, and couldn't resist. Once set up, which wasn't hard, it was the fastest, smoothest shifting I've ever experienced. The convenience is great. You can shift from any position on the bars. 100% accurate shifts.

But, the inevitable bad news: On Saturday, 40 miles in the Assault on Mt. Mitchell, well before the real climbing begins, the rear derailleur exploded into a million pieces (a slight overstatement). Going up a slight rise, not pushing too hard, I shifted. The chain jammed, and the derailleur snapped in two. I was very upset at the time (an understatement.)

So, I have a really fancy derailleur with 190 miles on it, completely destroyed. Now I get to find out about the legendary Mavic customer support. If they cover this under warranty with a free replacement in a timely manner, I'm willing to give it another try. If they don't, it's back to cables and springs.

Bottom line, when it works, it's awesome. When you're walking in cleats, it sucks. Roll the dice and take your chances.
re: Mavic M'tronic - reveal the realrear wheel deal..trx0x
May 22, 2001 10:36 PM
I have put the Mektronic system on my bike, and have about 200 miles on it. This has the smoothest shifting I have ever encountered. The shifts are accurate and very fast; the response when actuating a shift with one of the buttons is excellent.

I think what really intrigued me with this system was the easy setup. No cables to run to the derailleur, no cable adjusters to deal with. Also, the design of the brake/shift levers is very comfortable. I often ride the hoods, and it's very easy for me to brake while on the hoods, because of the brake lever design.

I think this system is far better than the Ultegra STI I have on my other bike, as well as the Dura-Ace STI which it replaced. I gave up on Dura-Ace STI after my levers crapped out on me after about a year (the second time this has happened); before I got the Mektronic system, I've just been using some old DA downtube shifters. Going from downtube shifters to Mektronic, what a change that was!

I haven't had any problems so far (knock on wood). I'm using the system to commute (rain or shine), so I can really test the system.

How does it work/Bruno S
May 24, 2001 4:56 PM
Does it have a batteries?, does it uses radio? Please describe.