Cable Shifting Vs Electronic Shifting: (For Road Bikes)
Sometimes in life us cyclists have to make some difficult decisions!
Nowadays us cyclists have two basic coices when it comes to bike gear systems. We can either have a traditional cable gear system or a new fangled electronic gear system.
I’ve had both systems for a few years now and I have to say that there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Traditional cable derailleur systems work very well and are super reliable as long as they are well maintained. Many cyclists are a little intimidated by this but it is actually a very simple maintenance task and boils down to being able to adjust gear cable tension. Get this simple maintenance task done and the gears on your road bike will serve you will for many years to come.
Electronic gears on the other hand claim to be super reliable and virtually maintenance free. In my experience, this is pretty much true. My Shimano Ultegra Di2 gears have served me well and almost every shift that I have made has been crisp and accurate. It does still need some fairly basic maintenance and cleaning every now and again, though.
By contrast, each system has its own disadvantages. The main one for electronic systems being the relatively high price tag.
In this film I compare both a traditional cable gear system and an electronic gear system for road bikes.
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