I know I promised a second newsletter on the future of bike shops but I would like to interrupt that segment to point you to this tasty morsel. A Sram clothed cross rider in the Illinois cross state championships was riding a prototype Sram electric system.
As I have mentioned in the past, when I first started working for Sachs in the early 90’s (Sram bought the Sachs bicycle division) I went to Schweinfurt Germany to the Sachs headquarters and was introduced to an old German fellow who had been testing electric systems for Sachs.
At the time, I believe the single biggest issue was the front derailleur. It requires a great amount of force to shift properly and there were no batteries that would work at that time. Battery technology has come light years since that day in the early 90’s so I would suspect Sram is well on their way to an introduction.
We have many customers who are using the electric Shimano systems and pretty much all of them are happy with it, but it still doesn’t seem to foster any huge amount of demand.
My personal feeling is that electric shifting will be an evolution rather than a revolution. The mechanical systems really work extremely well but need is seldom the reason for change. When all of the pros are on electric everyone else will be too.
Thanks for reading – John Neugent
We are currently out of rear alloy rims to build our custom wheels but they should be in around the end of the week. I am extending our 20% off sale on all of our custom Neuvation wheels. Now is the time to order if you want them for Christmas. They are all custom builds and we need time to build them.
Check the Specials page to see what we still have left. Just a heads up, tomorrows newsletter will have a new bunch of closeouts that will probably go within a couple of hours.
Also still on sale are bikes at 20% off Internet pricing (discount automatically given at checkout. Everything is custom built so if you want it in time for Christmas you need to get moving asap.