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    Tell me why I want SRAM?

    27 year Campy fanboy. I own SRAM APEX on a beater and like it just fine, but I'm building-up a new road bike and wonder if I should stay with Campy or seriously consider Shimano. FWIW, I'm not big on the Shimano shift levers.

    BUT WHY SRAM? Why do you like it vs Shimano or ever Campy???

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    Stay with Campy or may your thumbs be gnawed away by a thousand fleas.

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    Personal decision. They all work great. If you want to pay the most money possible for your shifting bits buy Campy.
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    All the cool kids ride SRAM. I'm just a nerd with Shimano brifters.
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    I've always enjoyed the road tests I've had with SRAM equipped bicycles, and I have to say that the levers fit my hands better than do the ones from the dreaded S Monster. The thing is, I just don't change bicycles or components very often. My Chorus equipped Bianchi Infinito must be six or seven years old by now. But I'm happy with it so I don't care.
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    Well, it's good to see a couple of Loungers here !
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    When I was building up my bike, I was scoping out SRAM Apex, and comparing with Shimano 105. It's been 10 years, but I still remember how smooth and fast the SRAM Double Tap mechanism felt. I ultimately went with the Shimano groupset for a few reasons, mostly circling around price and parts availability. But, the big one was that a few shops that I was pricing out parts from said that SRAM's mechanism is more optimized for racing, and that since I was looking at a more casual type riding, maybe Shimano was a better option.
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    I was a big fan of 105 as the sweet spot between performance and price. I bought a bike that had SRAM Apex and liked the double-tap. On my next build I went with a 1X Apex setup and haven't looked back. It is remarkably smooth, comfortable and, most of all, quiet.
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    Hard to make a case against any of the three today, because it's all personal preference.
    I've got eTap (11-speed) on my primary road bike. I absolutely love eTap, fast, perfect shifts every time.
    Then I've got Red22 on my backup road bike, I like the double-tap, and it also shifts really nicely.
    Finally I've got Ultegra 6800 on my mixed terrain bike. Very smooth shifts, especially up front, but I'm not as much of a fan of the shifting mechanism as I am with eTap or Double-tap.
    I've never tried Campagnolo
    At least I'm enjoying the ride.

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    I have Chorus and Ultegra, both 11 speed and about 4-5 years old. I prefer Campy ergonomics and ability to shift several cogs up or down with one movement. But Shimano beats it in smoothness and reliability.

    Recently I got a new bike with SRAM Force eTap AXS HRD. Love their minimalistic interface - just 2 buttons. Massive hoods feel nice in my hands. Works fine and fast enough for me.

    Of course it is not totally fair to compare mechanical to electronic, but still I think SRAM got the best ergonomics now on the market.

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    Building up a new bike as we speak... still going with Apex 1X11...


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