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    After almost 8000 miles on one bike and 19,600 on the present bike I retired the Ultegra Di-2 6700 front and rear derailleurs and upgraded to 6800. The original stuff is well used, scratched up from time and some small and large splats but still fully functional. This bike is not a sunny Sunday bike. It is a daily driver. After almost 28,000 miles the only DI-2 parts I replaced were the jockey wheels on the RD. The battery is still working fine. It will be heading off to its next tour of duty on the Rain bike when a set of used/cheap brifters pops up on craigs list or the like.

    Shimano did well in making as much of the existing stuff compatible with the newer stuff. To convert an older 10 speed setup to 6800 I only replaced the FD, RD, cog set and battery. The 6800 battery is required as it has needed memory space for the more complex firmware. I waited until I wore out the 10 speed cog set and chain and replaced it with 11. 11s works just fine with older 10s chainrings.
    In addition to the existing tuning selections like multi shift and button selection 6800 adds programmable shift modes. Yes, Blip shift for bikes. You can select when the bike shifts front chain rings and block out unwanted combinations. So far I have found it to be seamless in real world use. right hand has Up and Down button. Each time you click you go the the next ratio and the bike shifts the FD and RD as needed. Feel like overriding the FD? Use the left buttons same as always and the bike shifts as you see fit. Along with normal and syncro mode there is a semi syncro mode. You shift the FD and the bike shifts the RD to the proper next ratio. Come up on a hill you tap down to the small ring and the bike sets the rear cog back to the proper ratio so you continue at the same cadence and ready to continue down the range in the small ring. You can change from normal manual mode to full syncro to semi syncro on the fly right on the bike.

    Shimano's software also works well. Download of the newer firmware and user interface software was clean and simple. User interface is clean and straight forward.

    Have to say it is not all that often you work with something that simply works 100% as advertised and overall exceeds expectations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicegrip View Post
    After almost 8000 miles on one bike and 19,600 on the present bike I retired the Ultegra Di-2 6700 front and rear derailleurs and upgraded to 6800. The original stuff is well used, scratched up from time and some small and large splats but still fully functional. This bike is not a sunny Sunday bike. It is a daily driver. After almost 28,000 miles the only DI-2 parts I replaced were the jockey wheels on the RD. The battery is still working fine. It will be heading off to its next tour of duty on the Rain bike when a set of used/cheap brifters pops up on craigs list or the like.

    Shimano did well in making as much of the existing stuff compatible with the newer stuff. To convert an older 10 speed setup to 6800 I only replaced the FD, RD, cog set and battery. The 6800 battery is required as it has needed memory space for the more complex firmware. I waited until I wore out the 10 speed cog set and chain and replaced it with 11. 11s works just fine with older 10s chainrings.
    In addition to the existing tuning selections like multi shift and button selection 6800 adds programmable shift modes. Yes, Blip shift for bikes. You can select when the bike shifts front chain rings and block out unwanted combinations. So far I have found it to be seamless in real world use. right hand has Up and Down button. Each time you click you go the the next ratio and the bike shifts the FD and RD as needed. Feel like overriding the FD? Use the left buttons same as always and the bike shifts as you see fit. Along with normal and syncro mode there is a semi syncro mode. You shift the FD and the bike shifts the RD to the proper next ratio. Come up on a hill you tap down to the small ring and the bike sets the rear cog back to the proper ratio so you continue at the same cadence and ready to continue down the range in the small ring. You can change from normal manual mode to full syncro to semi syncro on the fly right on the bike.

    Shimano's software also works well. Download of the newer firmware and user interface software was clean and simple. User interface is clean and straight forward.

    Have to say it is not all that often you work with something that simply works 100% as advertised and overall exceeds expectations.
    I'm thinking of going to Di2 as my upcoming birthday present. I considered eTap, but holy shit it's expensive compared to Di2. Granted, you just bolt the parts on and ride away, but the cost is definitely prohibitive (like, more than double what a Di2 mini group costs). My main problem is that my bike isn't technically Di2 ready, so I'd have to drill 2 holes in the frame to make internal routing work. Based on others' experiences, it actually seems very easy and fairly common, but I'm still a little hesitant. External Di2 is absolutely off the table...

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    Yeah, eTap really is expensive. I would like to have electronic shifting, but I am waiting for eTap to trickle down and get cheaper. I just don't want to deal with the wires. And I want the (easily) removable batteries for charging inside.

    And I am happy with 1x so hopefully SRAM will do that nicely with eTap soon (and hydro brakes).

    But Di2 hydro is pretty attractive if I had a Di2-ready frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    Yeah, eTap really is expensive. I would like to have electronic shifting, but I am waiting for eTap to trickle down and get cheaper. I just don't want to deal with the wires. And I want the (easily) removable batteries for charging inside.

    And I am happy with 1x so hopefully SRAM will do that nicely with eTap soon (and hydro brakes).

    But Di2 hydro is pretty attractive if I had a Di2-ready frame.
    No wires sounds nice and clean for sure. I found that Di-2 wiring to be a one time thing and then there was no "dealing with batteries" I think E-tap might be the ticket on a break down frame but otherwise the wires can be run internal and in ways that internal cabling could not. A hydro based break down frame the wires could pair up with the hydro lines. The wire ends are quite small and can be fished through mech cable holes and the like
    For batteries rather than 4 total, 2 of each type to mind and maintain Di-2 has one and it can be internal, protected and very long lasting. I charged the bike once a month or so at best and never ever had it die on me*. I also charged it from a lipstick type portable charger just to see if it would. Di-2 talks to the Edge and it gives me charge info and pop up warnings for the entire system. The FD and RD is smaller than e-tap and the Di-2 wiring wire is simple push and click.

    *I intentionally let it run low once and it nagged me a few times via the edge, I could hear the motor tone change a bit for a while then only the FD shut down. The RD keeps working for another 300 shifts per Shimano.

    SRAM is nuts to not have a 1X in Etap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicegrip View Post
    SRAM is nuts to not have a 1X in Etap.
    #Etapcrossiscoming

    The writing is on the wall for this. I'd jump on it in a heartbeat. It would be THE perfect CX setup. And with the R8000 announcement including NO CX-specific stuff (hi, no clutch RDer??)... yet... the sooner SRAM drops 1x hydro ETap, the sooner they'll have the CX (and gravel!) market cornered.

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    Changing topic back to topic.

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    Thanks, DKEL!!!! This one's off to Montana. Still searching for another.

    moar pichuers!!!

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    I might be movin' to Montana soon
    Just to raise me up a crop of Dental Floss Raisin' it up
    Waxen it down
    In a little white box
    I can sell uptown
    By myself I wouldn't
    Have no boss,
    But I'd be raisin' my lonely Dental Floss
    Raisin' my lonely Dental Floss
    Well I just might grow me some bees
    But I'd leave the sweet stuff
    For somebody else...
    but then, on the other hand
    I'd Keep the wax N' melt it down
    Pluck some Floss N' swish it aroun'
    I'd have me a crop
    An' it'd be on top

    (that's why I'M movin' to Montana)

    Movin' to Montana soon
    Gonna be a Dental Floss tycoon
    (yes I am)
    Movin' to Montana soon
    Gonna be a mennil-toss flykune
    I'm pluckin' the ol' Dennil Floss
    That's growin' on the prairie
    Pluckin' the floss!
    I plucked all day an' all night an' all Afternoon...
    I'm ridin' a small tiny hoss
    (His name is MIGHTY LITTLE)
    He's a good hoss
    Even though He's a bit dinky to strap a big saddle or
    Blanket on anyway
    He's a bit dinky to strap a big saddle or
    Blanket on anyway
    Any way I'm pluckin' the ol' Dennil Floss
    Even if you think it is a little silly, folks
    I don't care if you think it's silly, folks
    I don't care if you think it's silly, folks
    I'm gonna find me a horse
    Just about this big
    An' ride him all along the border line
    With a Pair of heavy-duty
    Zircon-encrusted tweezers in my hand
    Every other wrangler would say
    I was mighty grand
    By myself I wouldn't
    Have no boss
    But I'd be raisin' my lonely Dental Floss
    Raisin' my lonely Dental Floss
    Raisin' my lonely Dental Floss
    Well I might Ride along the border
    With my tweezers gleamin'
    In the moon-lighty night
    And then I'd Get a cuppa cawfee
    N' give my foot a push...
    Just me 'n the pymgy pony
    Over the Dennil Floss Bush
    N' then I might just Jumb back on
    An' ride Like a cowboy
    Into the dawn to Montana
    Movin' to Montana soon

    (Yippy-Ty-O-Ty-Ay)

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    here's my backyard when we're out there:

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    I'll let you know if I run into Frank or lonesome cowboy Burt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Meatmotor View Post
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    I'll let you know if I run into Frank or lonesome cowboy Burt.
    Police chief Martin Brody voice on> You're gonna need a bigger bike....

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