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I can't afford EPS but I fondled it on a bike a few weeks ago and I'd ride with it in a heartbeat.
Pain is temporary, not giving it your all lasts all Winter.
I dream of owning a bicycle that doesn't need me to spend a couple hours fishing derailleur and shifter cables through the frame ever again.
The idea of plumbing through a couple wires and some hydraulic lines once, then never needing to worry about adjustments ever again is very very appealing to me.
Ignorance is bliss until they take your bliss away.
and I prefer mech shifting.
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A lot of it is of course preference, and I much prefer electronic to manual shifting. Practically speaking, I think electronic shifting comes into it's own in road racing, where (in general) you'll find yourself shifting more often, and shifting under torque more often, Di2 (I run Ui2) provides completely flawless shifting in every situation I have put it in, I have also never dropped a chain (which is also pretty much inevitable if you race RRs or Crits) with Ui2.
1) Effortless changing gear - saves tiny bit of effort but more importantly not a jot of lost concentration
2) Front mech change is instant and great under load - never worry about loss of power or momentum
3) Looks super cool - and sounds great!
4) Smooth gear change - very slightly smoother than my mechanical set up
Of course nothing is really worth that sort of money after all it's just a bike, but if you have the cash to splash and you done all the important things then it's well worth it.
If you are sure you will fail, or convinced you will succeed, you are probably right.....
The really beneficial part of it is having it on a TT bike so that you can shift from the bullhorns as well. Perhaps some of you stay in aero 100% of the time, but I use my bike for daily training and there's all sizes and shapes of hills that get me up on the horns or have me needing to have my hands near the brakes.
my roadie has "just" regular DA on it. It shifts fine. But I tend to ride my Di2 equipped bike- just because electronic shifting makes is that much more enjoyable.
yeah- it's ridiculously expensive. I concede that it may not be 'worth it' to everyone, but it's hard to deny that it's a wonderful luxury.
3 rides in 8 months?
I ride 150-200mi/wk, and charge my battery every month or three. I don't really keep track. But- I've never seen the 50% red light come on.
the Di2 battery lasts a LONG time. At least a 1000 mi, if not 3000 I think (not sure).
I guess it's possible to have a 'bad' battery tho'.