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Mavic Mektronic(3 posts)

Mavic Mektronicbjarne
Jun 12, 2003 9:56 PM
I´ve been offered a great deal on a Mektronic shifting system, but I would like some first hand comments, from peoble who actually riden the stuff.
No hate just facts
re: Mavic Mektronicjimmy320
Jun 13, 2003 10:12 AM
Well here's one from a bike mechanic--the owner of the shop where I work part-time put Mektronic on his bike about 2 years ago--it worked well when it worked but used a LOT of batteries--always had a low or dead one somewhere(uses batteries in 3 locations as I recall)--disabling all or part of the system. In my opinion it is an interesting system which wasn't quite ready for the market when it was released. I wouldn't rely on it for an only bike--if you have more than one bike put it on one of them and use the other as back-up--you'll likely be using it a lot if my experience is typical.We never did get the system to work to our satisfaction in terms of battery life and Mavic ended up taking the system back and extending credit toward other product as I remember. Thats my experience.

Best

Jimmy
re: Mavic Mektronicunobtainium
Jun 13, 2003 2:30 PM
I had Mektronic on my bike in 99 (I now have Record 10). When cadence is not low, shifts are quick and silent. The many shift buttons make it easy to shift. Shifting the FD is crude by comparison. Battery life for me was about 3-4 months or about 1,500 miles on the RD and speed sensor, The computer battery lasted 9 months and over 4,000 miles. When the batteries were low it always was noticeable at the very start of a new ride so I was never stranded. By the way you can move the RD by hand to "shift" if the system goes dead. While the first generation Mek could shift 3 gears at a time if you held down the sift button more than normal, later ones by design could not. Often when hitting a large bump the RD could jump gears.