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Shimano introduces electronic shifters

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Shimano has introduced some electric deraileurs.  What do you think?  A good idea or needless gadgetry?

Battery powered shifter

Battery powered shifter

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3 thoughts on “Shimano introduces electronic shifters

  1. i actually find this disappointing. part of the beauty of the bicycle is its lack of reliance on any source of energy (after, of course, parts production) other than human. however small the impact, adding a battery, unless it is recharged by some action of the mechanical cycling itself, makes the green machine no longer so… surely there are other improvements that could be made to gear shifting that do not necessitate electronic gadgets…

  2. hrm.. before reading the article, it reminded me of something I saw on TV once..
    Automatic Shifting
    http://www.landriderbikes.com/

  3. here’s another bike-tech thingy
    http://www.landriderbikes.com/ automatic shifting..

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