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June 26, 2020, 7:49 a.m. -  Vik Banerjee

I have two new drivetrains ready to go for a couple bikes. Both Shimano 11 speed. Good price. Work great and they fall to hand easier for me than SRAM. But, you're not going to sell a new bike with "obsolete" tech like that on it! ;-) Interesting take on OEM specs. I can 100% relate to the need for reliability in your supply chain. I've also had problems with the last few versions of Shimano brakes. So I can see why bike companies are going with a lot of SRAM build kits. OTOH SRAM has made it hard for me to buy their parts at a decent price so as someone that doesn't buy complete bikes often I'm kind of Shimano by default. I don't really care about brands and if Shimano can sort out their brakes I'm happy to run their stuff. I've been intrigued by the smaller drivetrain companies, but when it comes time to buy something my laziness wins and just going with Shimano or SRAM is easier and less hassle so I never break out of that part of the market.

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