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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:44 am 
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I'm so pleased you kept this Andy and have managed to make it comfortable. I can imagine the Ti tubes and supple stays making a great bike-packing ride, especially with those fat tyres. A pretty much ideal gravel bike. :)

Friction shifting's a bit of a revelation isn't it. It's surprising how quickly you learn to 'index' mentally. Like you I think I might actually prefer it, and have chosen to build my Edge Ti road bike with Retro-Friction DT shifters instead of Ergopowers.
As you say, it also allows you to get away with all kinds of otherwise incompatible components and gears. 'Be very interesting to hear how that 10 speed set up would work out!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:24 am 
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ferrus wrote:
I'm so pleased you kept this Andy and have managed to make it comfortable. I can imagine the Ti tubes and supple stays making a great bike-packing ride, especially with those fat tyres. A pretty much ideal gravel bike. :)

Friction shifting's a bit of a revelation isn't it. It's surprising how quickly you learn to 'index' mentally. Like you I think I might actually prefer it, and have chosen to build my Edge Ti road bike with Retro-Friction DT shifters instead of Ergopowers.
As you say, it also allows you to get away with all kinds of otherwise incompatible components and gears. 'Be very interesting to hear how that 10 speed set up would work out!


It must be partly due to muscle memory from having used the thumbshifters in indexed mode for years that means we get the shifting just right in friction mode. Perhaps over time this will wear off (I hope not). Some people have claimed you can't run friction shifters with 10 or 11 speed because the jumps between sprockets are smaller and require much greater shifting precision. But I'll try it anyway.


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