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Electronic Shifting and Shimano(10 posts)

Electronic Shifting and ShimanoRudy D Project
May 28, 2002 1:15 PM
Does Shimano have in the works an electronic shifting system like the Mavic system?
I hope not.... why? (nm)bob_vanderhaus
May 28, 2002 1:21 PM
Spend your money elsewhereHBPat
May 28, 2002 1:35 PM
I got the chance to ride the Mavic stuff right when it came out and I will admit it was good. Clean, crisp shifting and certainly no cable tension problems. But... I only have to replace, or adjust my cables so often. I think that when the Mavic stuff came out, cost was $700 (that was to the dealer, not retail). No way is it worth that amount of money. It's more of a gimmick than anything else and I will **it myself if I ever meet anybody who says they are easy to work on.
Ok, it's potty time!look271
May 28, 2002 3:22 PM
I have Mektronics. Use'em, love'em, never have to adjust them. Admittedly, they have a few "quirks", but, hey, they're french, aren't they supposed to?I have had one failure with them and that was covered under warranty-the rear der kept frying batteries, Apparantly a bad lot of shifters. Since then no problems.
How much easier could shifting BE? (nm)retro
May 28, 2002 2:39 PM
My car has an automatic transmission.laffeaux
May 28, 2002 3:55 PM
Not that I want one for my bike, but I'll bet it happens (one day).
Already has happened, same limitations of your car's version...Scot_Gore
May 28, 2002 7:09 PM
The system is very heavy and limits the ability of the driver to derive top performance from the engine.
New Automatic Transmission bike on the market.Uncle Tim
May 28, 2002 9:15 PM
I saw a short bit of a new informercial that sells an overpriced clone of the "autobike", or a bicycle with an automatic transmission that was widely marketed about 5 years ago.

The clever thing about this bike is that it's freewheel is in the crank, not in the rear hub. The stupid stuff is that it isn't really "automatic". The Seven speed on the rear shifts automatically, but you still have to shift the triple crank with a regular old front derailleur. They market this as though you can choose "low","medium", and "high" speeds.

The riding demos that they show are truly hilarious. This cheap version of a hybrid is shown as superior to a road bike on hills. The road bike guys fumbles and stumbles with his gears as the cheapo auto transmission bike rolls right on up the hill.

As P.T. Barnum said: "There's a sucker born every minute."
Yes, sighted at the World's in Lisboaboneman
May 29, 2002 3:21 AM
I spent a three days at the World's in Lisboa this past October. Shimano had a courtesy display and included was a bike which had electronic shifting. It wasn't a road or mtb bike but more like and upright cruiser with a dashboard. I talked briefly to the guy riding it around the finishing straight and he showed the shifting which was actuated by buttons. Seemed neat and looked like it was based on their 4 and 7 speed Nexus hub, but undoubtedly heavy. At some point they will undoubtedly come up with some light and usable for road racing. As for when, who knows?
The next revolutionary advance in bicycles.Spoke Wrench
May 29, 2002 5:44 AM
I think that the next revolutionary advance in bicycles will be a continuously variable transmission. A rider control will vary the amount of effort required so you will be able to sprint or mash up hills if you choose to. I expect to see these in common use within my lifetime.

Because modern racing bikes are so efficient, I suspect we will see them on cruiser or urban bicycles first.