I have noted on a number of occasions while watching the TDF on SBS that the commentators have discussed the "reliabilty" of electronic shifters on bikes with an obvious on-road failure.
I wonder what other people think of the reliability of electronic shifters, particularly in performance-critical applications. (This from someone who has not yet graduated to indexed shifting on one bike!)
Fixie thread hijacks welcome!
I am under the impression it is new technology.
many new things have teething problems.
The commentators kept saying Goss missed out on one of the sprints due to problems with his Di2 -- was it ever confirmed this was the issue? It looked to me like he ran out of legs
Phil and Paul tend to get rather excited and confused at times, I think the problem they said Goss was having in the sprint at the tour was actually another rider from another team who broke a chain in that sprint.
Maybe some of the guys having problems are running prototypes, although with the new DA gear almost on the shelves, you'd think that they were past that stage at the moment, and maybe the TdF isnt the best place to test out unknown gear, or maybe there were other issues and the boys just blamed the electronics
The time they called Goss was a sprint in the middle of the stage when Sagan spent a fair amount of time looking over his shoulder trying to work out where Goss was as he approached the line. Something was definitely wrong with Goss's bike and they suggested the Di2 but never heard any confirmation. The other time you are correct they called Goss with a broken chain it was clearly dragging along the ground and then they called him getting second a bit later. I'm with Frank in that I can't believe that they would have any battery issues going flat during the race unless it actually fell off or something.
ah yeah, forgot about that one :)
I found that one a bit strange too - battery flat after a mere 200kms? Mind you, it could happen ... especially if the mechanic forgot to change the battery and I guess if he was using a prototype something might have gone wrong, or maybe Phil and Paul just misdiagnosed (they have to say something after all).
Of course, if he'd been riding fixed gear, this wouldn't have happened. Gosh darned modern techwizardry, it'll catch you out every time.
Pretty sure it was to do with the gears.
The team wont come out and highlight the issues with the gear they get lots of money to be seen riding with.
in that sprint it did look like Goss had his gears slip or something
another reason to stick with mechanical dura -ace, like Frank said I have never dropped a chain
perhaps the real question is what advantage does it offer over the present system
A good way to get money from the "early adopters"?
What is the added weight and is it worth the slight difference in shifting in something like the TDF?
P.S. When I want to change my gear ratio I have to pull over and flip my rear wheel ;)