Shop: Halter's Cycles
sram, sram?????????? more like SCAM.!!!!!!!! maybe the shops in NJ get the good stuff. but the stuff we get in NY is crap. the brake bolts break ,oh wait they fixed that. the rear deraileurs break, (the carbon bits) the chainring ramps suck/dont shift as good as,,,,,,,well,,,,,,,anything. the front deraileur welllllllllllllll. and the shifter feel / shift like cheap plastic ...........and no ive never bought any sram so im not jaded by it. just an observation from working on the stuff at the shop. better off w/ shimano 105 or campy centaur. for the money. now the mountain stuff is great... X0/ X9 /avid/rockshox etc...
............and that so called 'gimmick' they call a shifter. it gets old real soon. lets see if we can re-invent the wheel.
What I'm looking to find out is:
1 - Durability
2 - Reliability
3 - Ease of changing over from Schimano shifting
4 - Any other experiences or anecdotes that I might not be able to find out from just reading a spec sheet.
I too am looking into another full time road bike, I'm tossed between just buying a frame and swapping my parts over or buying a complete bike. Either way, it'll have Rival on it.
The only thing I will add, is that upgrading just the shifter to the RED is a worthwhile investment.
I also prefer to run shimano cassettes as I think they shift better.
I agree, but I guess that can be said about whatever shifting mechanism you have... you dont really have to think about what you're doing unless your shifters are on the downtube.I actually prefer the one lever shifting over the two lever shifting, for me its a no brainer. One tap shift up, two taps shift down.