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Are you a Shimano or a SRAM person?

Old 07-01-19, 06:16 AM
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In my experience Shimano shifts better in front and SRAM in back.

I've had a few Shimano bikes, right now I have a campy Super Record bike and a SRAM Force bike. Both have Shimano cranks though. Have a Dura Ace 7800 group saved waiting for a nice steel frame someday...
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Old 07-01-19, 06:46 AM
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Old 07-01-19, 06:51 AM
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Shimano for me. SRAM are ok but my own personal experience is they seem to need more frequent adjustment as they age. Surprised how good Shimano is for their entry level groupsets (not Tourney).
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Old 07-01-19, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by colnago62 View Post
Sram also had issues with their 1st gen wirless front derailleur
It wasn't just front derailleurs that had issues.
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Old 07-01-19, 07:59 AM
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As I recall back... I believe most of the bikes I've owned over the years were mostly Shimano groupsets... more by chance than me preferring Shimano.
Having said that, I've recently splurged big-time and have a bike on order equipped with SRAM Red eTap Axs. I had the option of Di2... 'hope I don't regret this!
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Old 07-01-19, 08:57 AM
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Shimano. Mostly because I don't think I've ever had a bike with Sram, so I would go with familiarity.
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Old 07-01-19, 10:06 AM
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Shimano in the lead, fluffy clouds #2 , SRAM dead last.
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Old 07-01-19, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by DOS View Post
Shimano shifters and derailleurs, SRAM chains and cassettes and crank. I have a SRAM crank for the 30mm spindle (I didn't want to mess around with adaptors), and SRAM chains and cassettes are just better.. Don't let Shimano tell you you can use SRAM chains and cassettes, and the SRAM stuff is still better than Shimano even now that Shimano has master links.
Okay now you sanctimonious, snarky, and vitriolic SRAM haters! I just wanted to say that...

Actually, I favor SRAM, but Shimano is very good. I will have to respectfully disagree with the above post because in my experience SRAM chains suck (I choose KMC)! And, Shimano Ultegra cassettes are definitely better than the SRAM equivalent. So there you have it--I stand for quality and value. Brand loyalty be damned! With SRAM's new pricing structure, I may be riding Shimano in the future.

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Old 07-01-19, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Dean V View Post
Why do people keep going on about Sram front mechs?
Because they forget to install them on the bikes?
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One thing worth mentioning when comparing Shimano and SRAM mechanical, is that Shimano uses barely enough cable pull (IMO, not really enough since 9s), so on Shimano bikes the cable system has to have a rather good signal to noise ratio in order to work properly. SRAM uses significantly more cable pull, which translates to more cable friction felt at the lever and a bigger throw to make a shift, but the indexing is far more tolerant of friction and mush. Also, barrel adjustments are a lot finer.
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Old 07-01-19, 09:06 PM
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Campy on my road bike
Shimano on my cyclocross bike
Sram on my mountain bike
… on my single speed
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Campy on my road bike
Shimano on my cyclocross bike
Sram on my mountain bike
… on my single speed
I bang SRAM road components, but their mountain bike drivetrains are very good.

SRAM/Avid brakes are hot garbage though.
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Originally Posted by Kimmo View Post
One thing worth mentioning when comparing Shimano and SRAM mechanical, is that Shimano uses barely enough cable pull (IMO, not really enough since 9s), so on Shimano bikes the cable system has to have a rather good signal to noise ratio in order to work properly. SRAM uses significantly more cable pull, which translates to more cable friction felt at the lever and a bigger throw to make a shift, but the indexing is far more tolerant of friction and mush. Also, barrel adjustments are a lot finer.
Also, everybody within 5 blocks can hear you shift.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Also, everybody within 5 blocks can hear you shift.
I'd hate to be the one that tells him, Shimano 9spd has less cable pull than Shimano 11spd.
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Old 07-02-19, 04:36 AM
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What's the point of this other than to run up your post count?
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
What's the point of this other than to run up your post count?
It's the noise each group set makes.
Who gives a flying donut about post count.
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I’m on the Shimano choo-choo 😊
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I'd hate to be the one that tells him, Shimano 9spd has less cable pull than Shimano 11spd.
I was aware Shimano broke backwards compatibility with 11s, but I remember thinking why did they bother, since the increase in cable pull was tiny, I thought. I was under the impression it was more about changing the overall geometry of the RD, with a different flavour of nonlinearity to the clicks.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Campy on my road bike
Shimano on my cyclocross bike
Sram on my mountain bike
… on my single speed
Similar:

Campy Record on one Road bike
Shimano Ultegra on another road bike
SRAM eTap on my trike.
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
What's the point of this other than to run up your post count?
Says the guy with 5,000+ posts! LMAO


Just messing with you
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I like being able to throw the lever long for multiple downshifting. So Shimano.
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Originally Posted by Pirkaus View Post
It's the noise each group set makes.
Who gives a flying donut about post count.
Ford vs Chevy
Vanilla vs Chocholate
dino vs synthetic
wet lube vs dry lube


BTW.. my Sram eTap sounds different since i replaced the original jockey wheels with Ceramic Speed.

So Shimano vs Sram isn't specific enough.
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Old 07-02-19, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by sdmc530 View Post
Says the guy with 5,000+ posts! LMAO


Just messing with you
A few more topic like this and you'll catch up.
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