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STI levers on time trial bikes in TDF(2 posts)

STI levers on time trial bikes in TDFwinstonc
Jul 9, 2003 8:20 PM
I've noticed that a few teams and riders in the Tour De France use STI levers on their time trial bikes... anyone know why they do this instead of the usual bar-end shifters on the aerobars? I can't think of a reason why you'd want to use STI levers in this situation.

http://grahamwatson.com/gw/imagedocs.nsf/photos/03tdfSt4-004000
re: STI levers on time trial bikes in TDFAkirasho
Jul 9, 2003 8:51 PM
... there are a lot of reasons... terrain, course topography and personal preferences being a few...

Frankly, on a relatively straight but rolling course, bar ends seem to make the most sense (fine tune your cadence/gears on the fly while remaining aero)... on technical courses where you'd be prone to more shifting and braking... the STI mounts give better overall control (even with this setup, once you've got your gears... you could settle into an aero position). Both are valid (any aero disadvantage is minimal at these distances).

It might be that from a logistics POV... it is/was easier to choose a particular configuration and stick with it (I'd hate to be the team mechs responsible for swapping back and forth... and maybe forgetting to install a front der... if only there as a chain keeper).

This year is the first time I've configured a road bike with both aerobars and STI (on drops)... but haven't had a chance to log any serious miles... time will tell.

What now interests me... is the aerobars used by Gerolsteiner... I haven't seen pics yet... but from reports... their hands remain on extensions... a shoulder's width apart (as opposed to the standard "prayer" position)... anyone got pics of that?

Be the bike.