When Shimano unveiled XTR Di2 two years ago, mountain bikers fell into two camps: Those who instantly loved the idea of waving goodbye to 100 years of cable-riddled cycling history and those who swore they’d never buy into Shimano’s electric shifting. Well, last week Shimano rolled out XT Di2, a group that offers many of the same features at less than half the cost of the top-tier e-group (the 2x XT Di2 group sells for $1,101 while the 1x option retails for $773).
Interestingly, there seems to be a whole lot less howling now from the anti-robot contingent. Were people less opposed to electronic shifting and more opposed to its early caviar-level price tag? Or am I reading the tea leaves all wrong on this one?
Where do you stand on the matter? Are you going to go electronic or are you a cable guy to the very end?