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Recently seen lots of Time Trial bikes with STI levers. Why?(5 posts)

Recently seen lots of Time Trial bikes with STI levers. Why?Ken of Fresno
May 14, 2002 10:20 PM
Why would you want STI levers on bull horn bars when there are other levers designed for (or at least work better with) that kind of bar? All the pics I've seen the bikes also have the bar end shifters on the aero bars, so it seems like a waste. I've thought about using them just so I could use my Flight Deck computer. I really like the virtual cadence feature. Although I find it hard to believe that so many pros are that keen on the Flight Deck. They are also much more expensive than the Dia Compe cheese levers that Lance won the Tour on. Any thoughts?

Thanks,
Ken
re: Recently seen lots of Time Trial bikes with STI levers. Why?Akirasho
May 15, 2002 6:41 AM
STI/Ergo or even said on drop bars on a TT bike might be a personal preference or based on the terrain of the course...

Bar end shifters mounted on the aeros are great for relatively flat and straight courses where you can remain in an aero tuck for long periods of time, but when things go vertical, and the need to shift arises, it's much harder to reach those bar ends efficiently.

I use bar ends on aerobars with Flight Deck... but forego the virtual features, in particular, cadence (I prefer "feel" and heart rate rather than a specific cadence). I mount the wiring harness to one or both sides of my cowhorns (depending on the harness) so that I can still scroll through the functions (held in place by bands of rubber made with old inner tubes and the bar wrap).

This is not a clear picture but you might get the idea... The slight buldges on the inboard side of the cowhorns are the mode switches.

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re: Recently seen lots of Time Trial bikes with STI levers. Why?merckx56
May 15, 2002 6:51 AM
in a technical tt with a lot of turns, it's easier to use the sti levers simply because you are on the cowhorns more.
it facilitates shifting. it's a bit quicker as you can shift IN the turn rather than before or after.
Interesting. See pic.Ken of Fresno
May 15, 2002 9:00 AM
These guys don't appear to be using them to shift though. And shince the der cables arent attached the cadence feature wouldn't work anyway. Strange? By the way, that looks more like a Cervelo P3 than any Lemond I've seen.

Ken
Interesting. See pic.Akirasho
May 15, 2002 1:31 PM
... there is a way to slave both shifters together but it's very rare! Perhaps this bike was in transition or experimentation mode for this particular rider??

Yep, Cervelo made the TT frames (previously the P2K) for Saturn... I don't know when they started.. or stopped.

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