A long time ago, we did a Group Ride on component allegiances. My idea back then was that components were like religions. Campy guys wouldn’t ride Shimano. Shimano guys thought Campy guys were snobs, and there weren’t any SRAM guys, except me.
Times have changed.
Hydraulic disc brake systems, and then electronic shifting created converts. SRAM surged with their first hydro groups, but then a recall cost them that momentum, while Shimano’s Di2 groups, especially the second generation Ultegra Di2 group, became the gold standard on the road. SRAM stole some market back with 1x gruppos.
I know Campy guys who’ve crossed the divide, and I can’t see a reason they’re going back. At some point function overcomes form, at least for most folks.
I have some Shimano bikes. I have some SRAM bikes. I don’t know what I’ll do next. So much is changing, so quickly.
Now SRAM is raising the bar with eTap, a wireless electronic group that has been in testing for a good long time. I haven’t talked to anyone who isn’t impressed. What wireless means for cable routing (none) will change how frames are made. But then Shimano announced an across the board price decrease this week, so…
Meanwhile, other companies, like FSA, Rotor and TRP, are rounding out their product offerings. Will one of them make a dent in the dominance of the big three?
This week’s Group Ride asks, how strong is your component allegiance now? If you’ve switched teams in the last five years, what was it that convinced you? If you’re still loyal to the same gruppos, is there anything coming out that has you thinking about a change?