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how easy/hard is it to learn Di2 shifting?
Last Post 07/07/2018 10:56 PM by Orange Crush. 6 Replies.
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Orange Crush

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04/04/2018 03:54 PM
Just rented a Roubaix Expert Di2 for the Mauna Kea assault. Will have to learn to shift on fly I guess. The smackdown is 90 days out based on the rental window. Yikes.
Cosmic Kid

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04/04/2018 04:55 PM
Di2 shifting is exactly the same as STI shifting (other than there is a large lever to shift instead of the actual brake lever, which is a good thing).

Large lever moves you to a larger rear cog, small lever moves you to smaller rear cog.

Now, it is possible that the shop changed the programming to sequential shifting, but them it is still pretty automatic...one lever makes it easier to pedal, one makes it harder. The system will automatically jump between big /small CR if necessary.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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04/04/2018 10:02 PM
Cool thanks. Figured it would be a push button system. This sounds intuitive enough to handle riding a 15% grade in beach sand and oxygen deprived environment.
Cosmic Kid

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04/04/2018 10:20 PM
You’ll be in your granny-gear by then anyway...nothing to operate!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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04/04/2018 10:28 PM
Hahaha I had that exact same thought after I hit submit. 34x32 all the way.
Cranky Tom

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04/05/2018 02:44 PM
I was on SRAM Red when i bought a new road bike with Ultegra Di2. I never missed a beat - the Di2 was completely intuitive to use.
Orange Crush

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07/07/2018 10:56 PM
The di2 system on the Roubaix Ultegra rocked. Very nice. You do need to keep your finger on trigger a little longer than mechanical but that's easily learned.

But specialized really have missed the mark with shockz system. It's not lockable at least on bike I rented and talking to shop guys although I did see a quick step version with a lockable knob on cyclingnews. The stem shock makes for inefficient climbing. The seat shock makes bike feel like it has Oldsmobile suspension on high pace downhill. Overall what seemed like a really fast bike (dt Swiss wheels etc) field like a bit of a grandpa bike on the Mauna Kea ride. If I owned this bike is dump the suspension in a second.
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