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Install Shimano SW-R9150 Satellite Shifter on a Time Trial (TT) or Tri Bike

I was disappointed to discover that the Shimano Di2 system on my Trek Speed Concept didn’t have enough buttons to support manual shifting or D-Fly (i.e. changing pages on your Garmin). I can live without the manual shifting, but not D-Fly, so I set to figuring out how to add extra shifters to the aerobars on the bike. 12-Speed Considerations: 00:23 The Problem: 1:12 The Parts: 02:21 Cockpit Matters: 04:28 Installation Tidbits:…

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Don’t be a dick, Shimano. Oh, too late…

I’ve generally had a very positive view of Shimano. For the most part, the kit just works. What’s not to like about that? Well, part of how it just works, won’t anymore because they decided to cut Hammerhead out of their Di2 licensing. Why? Because SRAM bought Hammerhead… Yep, Shimano is screwing every one of their Di2 customers that also has a Hammerhead bike computer. WTF?…

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Shimano E-tube 5.0.3 Incompatible with SM-BCR2

I can get that Shimano is SUPER excited about their new 12 speed Di-2, but in that excitement they seem to have forgotten that the overwhelming majority of their Di-2 user base is running the previous generation. Most of these folks, are probably using the SM-BCR2 to charge and connect with the bike to do things like firmware updates, setup shifting, and configure the gears. Because if you don’t have a D-Fly,…

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All your Shimano Dura-Ace 9270 Weight Questions Answered

I’m not sure if I’ve ever started a Rides of Japan video, and not watched it all the way through. Content I want, presented in a way that is easy to consume; what’s not to like? Today’s installment will be a bit dry for anyone not interested in the weight of bike components, or how to setup Shimano’s new semi-wireless Di-2 system, but for me this is perfect.…

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Shimano Goes To 12, on the road

We all knew that Shimano was bringing 12 speed to the road, and it’s finally here… What comes as a surprise to me, is that they updated both the Ultegra (R8100) and Dura-Ace (R9200) groupsets at the same time. Wireless receiver is now in the rear derailleur. One one hand, this means you don’t need a separate D-Fly to integrate with the bike computer, but on the other, it means that Shimano…

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Something about wireless Dura-Ace 9200

I debated posting about this when I saw it pop yesterday because it’s clearly speculation around something that may, or may not be, Shimano’s upcoming Dura-Ace 9200 [potentially wireless] groupset. Ultimately, I think the value of the comments around wired vs. wireless shifting that Keith drops in the there make it interesting enough to warrant some noise.…

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I don’t buy it.

I went through my own thoughts on the mechanical v. electronic shifting a while back, but it’s always good to get other opinions on the topic. While they are pretty solidly in the pro-electronic camp (for valid reasons), I do think that the projection that mechanical will go away is a bit unjustified. Maybe they forgot to caveat the call, but I just don’t see it. Mechanical will always have a massive…

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