We’re not going to lie to you – we at RCUK are big fans of a well-maintained, smooth operating mechanical groupset. There’s still something remarkably tactile and involving about operating a groupset that’s physically connected by cables from top to bottom. Somehow – and this is a wholly subjective view – the experience is just a bit more… real. That’s certainly the case with Shimano’s new flagship mechanical groupset, Dura-Ace R9100.
Now, we can hear the dissenters already, and logically we’d agree with most (if not all) of your claims of benefits of smoother shifts, self-trimming tech, the ability to go wireless, easy multiple shifting, and so on – it’s why SRAM Red eTap also has a place in the RCUK 100.