VIDEO Review - Shimano Di2
Sep 7, 2011
article & images by Nick Salazar
Ultimately, are Di2's benefits worth the drawbacks? Absolutely, unequivocally, YES. Di2 is changing the way our bikes work, and its future as a platform is looking bright indeed. On the tech side, we've seen a lot of innovative hacks to the system that have brought advances like sequential shifting, custom shifting hardware, hidden batteries, and others. And on the budget side, Shimano has already announced its availability at the Ultegra level, slashing the price in half. We can expect both the innovation and the trickle-down to continue. But for now, know that Di2 is a fully-formed system, it works wonderfully, and for those who can afford it, it's easily the best system on the market. I'll admit, that when the system was first announced, I thought it was superfluous -- I could shift just fine with a cabled drivetrain. And I didn't want a battery-powered bike. I thought some of the "soul" of riding a bike would be lost. But just the opposite has happened. Di2 makes the ride an even more connected, even more fun experience than ever before. Now that I've has the experience, I don't want to use anything else.
For those who can afford it, Di2 is simply the best group out there.