Their colors match beautifully with the color schemes that appeal to my tastes. Their third-tier "Centos" line (and all the lower-tier lines) has always left me underwhelmed.
I have been considering Microshift for my budget build for some time. Real budget build.
Have you actually installed and used the Centos or have you simply gone with the higher tier Arsis for the aesthetics alone ? I am unable to find if the mini groupers are really any different in FUCTIONALITY. Material, color, etc vary but does the operation of the system, does the useability change ? - thanks
I can't vouch for their Centos
line. I only have actual experience with microSHIFT's White
mini-group. It's so nice, I bought it twice for two different bikes
I'm a sucker for nice colors. I'm leaning toward Arsis
for my next project more for the wider choices of colors offered in that line than anything else. They don't do the color I want for my next project (sky blue
) in the White
line anymore. These days you can only get White/Red
in the White
You are probably right about the functionality being the same across the different lines. The most obvious differences between the different lines are the materials, weights, and color options. Maybe the ergonomics on the shifters are better
the higher you go up the lines. But I'm only speculating 'cause I can only go by White
. Also I suspect the more recent iterations of a particular line would have tweaks that that line's previous year's release won't have.
I don't have any hands-on experience with the Centos
line. But this guy
martincashman on bikeradar.com forum wrote:
Re: microshift vs normal shimano shifters
I upgraded my winter bike from Shimana Sora 8speed to a Microshift Centos 10speed and they work great, my other bikes have Shimano 105 10speed. Whichever shifters you use, they just take getting used to, with Microshift, initially I kept trying to flick the brake lever to change but once I got used to the two levers, they work fine with thick winter gloves. Going back to Shimano 105 now seems awkward and will have to be relearned in Summer.
On performance, Microshift and 105 are almost identical, Microshift rear derailleur is better, bought a 2nd one as a replacement for 105 on one bike. The Microshift front chainring shifter is a bit slower than 105 tho, it must be said that I didn't change over from 8speed chainrings so maybe this is a factor. Front shifting isn't as critical, so this is not a big issue.
Very surprised more bike makers don't fit Microshift on bikes instead of Shimano and spend savings on better wheels.
You can find that post
and others on this microSHIFT review compilation