The right time to go 11 speed on a road bike?
asterix – Member
it is a bit of a silly argument, there isn’t an 8-speed system that is anywhere near as good as a new 11-speed set up like Campag Record or Sram Red ( I havent ridden the Shimano version yet). If you haven’t tried a those then you are missing out even though they are ridiculously expensive
How do you define ‘good’?Posted 4 years ago
My 2×8 Sora set up has 4 gears I regularly use, 4 I occasionally use and another 8 combinations that are never used. If I want to change gear I push a lever and it changes and has done so for the last 7 years with the same cables and only one change of chain. I’ll admit that I have other bikes I ride on wet days but what is not ‘good’ about that?
It was me ‘hounding’ campkoala, looking for some logic in his daft post.
How do you define ‘good’?
Well I’d put Sora at entry level. It will change gear, as does a Sturmey Archer, but few folk on here are riding around with SA hubs!
This is a really pointless argument, there is a performance difference between groupsets. If you’re happy with 8 speed Sora/Ultegra whatever then good for you, why are you contributing to this discussion!? There are no questions on here that can’t be stifled with “why aren’t you just riding a £50 Apollo bike?”.Posted 4 years agoMostly BalancedMember
If you’re happy with 8 speed Sora/Ultegra whatever then good for you, why are you contributing to this discussion!?
I was trying to make the point that beyond a certain level returns diminish and buying bling won’t make you a better rider. In my opinion there are far better things to spend money on than adding one or two gears to your bike.Posted 4 years ago
But that’s not it, is it. It makes the bike feel nicer to ride, and as the OP is buying new and questioning whether to set out with technology which is about to be made obsolete, vs something that’s just emerging, the answer isn’t really “go 8 speed Sora”.
It’s typical of the forum though: ‘should I get a, b, or c’, ‘personally I think f is better’.
I agree that there are more important things to buy, but he’s not said “I could buy some nice wheels, or go 11 speed”.Posted 4 years agoasterixMember
I guess everyone has their own bling/performance/cost/happiness ratios
Up until recently mine has been roughly at 105/XT level, but I rode an 11-speed Athena bike recently and the gear shifts were really amazingly fast and sharp in comparison (even though I am not keen on the thumbshifters). If you do race then there are points when you (well I) can’t find enough time to shift with some systemsPosted 4 years ago
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