lovely new STis


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After months of dithering I finally bought and fitted some Shimano R500 8 speed STis to my cross bike (they replace my venerable but basically knackered 8 speed c1997 600 STis). Combined them with Dura-Ace brake cables and XTR gear cables. First ride today and what a difference! Lovely silky smooth, silent shifts and much improved braking too. Very, very happy.

Stuck with 8 speed, by the way, as it seems to make sense in 'cross races (easy to index, a little better at mud shedding, chains are stronger (well, they're fatter anyway), and cassettes and chains are cheaper (I get through them in races/training).

In short, so far, happy customer.
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