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The Tyler Syndrome…(7 posts)

The Tyler Syndrome…TFerguson
Sep 12, 2003 9:07 AM
Have you noticed that riders who wouldn't dream of tarnishing their image with a triple have now found an "acceptable" (thanks to Tyler) alternative with the 50/34 compact? 30 BAD, 34 GOOD!

Is there any other sport where image, even at the highest levels, is more important than road biking?

Now, let's talk mirrors.

More reliable shifting and trim with a double...biknben
Sep 12, 2003 10:51 AM
Just for arguements sake...

Personally, I've never much cared for STI front shifting. You can only trim in one direction. You can pull cable in small increments but you can only release it in two big chunks.

Although I've never had a road triple, I've used Shimano's Mtn triple. The issue seems compounded by the fact there is an additional chainring. I run a SRAM front shifter on my MTB to allow small trimming increments in BOTH directions.

After seeing guys dropping chains in last years Vuelta I bet they'd give a limb to avoid having to use a triple. It's what they are used to so it's less of a distraction.

I'm not saying that a triple is bad or flawed in some way. But at the level these guys are at, personal preference plays as much of a roll as anything else.
only release in two chunks? Come into the light: Campagnolo nmSpunout
Sep 12, 2003 11:12 AM
I have a Campy pedal wrench...does that count???biknben
Sep 12, 2003 11:34 AM
I've got no beef regarding campy. I just have everything riding with Shimano. Spare parts, spare's all shimano.

I can't justify the higher price of campy stuff. The Shimano or Shimano compatible stuff is far more available in my area. I don't know of a shop that stocks anything more than random Campy parts. If I need a cassette or chain, I know I can get Shimano in a moments notice. Price and availability are the biggest reasons I've always been a DA rider.
Me too...MShaw
Sep 12, 2003 9:53 PM
But with the internet and overnight shipping, other than cost, there's not as much reason to stay away from Campy.

Even better, all you really have to do any more is upgrade your shifters and rear derailleur (and sometimes not even that), the rest is compatible! mmmmm Ergo... Haven't had it since my Sachs Ergos in the mid-90s. Next year when D/A goes 10, I go Ergo again!

(Who owns 6 pair of Shimano road wheels and can't afford to go with Campy for all of them)
buy a Centaur left shifter only! Funny, but you'll have trim! nSpunout
Sep 13, 2003 4:04 AM
Can only trim in one direction?vindicator
Sep 12, 2003 1:35 PM
When I'm in the middle chainring on my Ultegra triple, I can trim both inward and outward, and (as long as I do so when needed) have no problem covering the entire 9-speed cassette without chain rub.