jekyll man wrote:
When will we see wireless Di2? Real WIREless (No wires at all)
I could see wireless as beneficial on a MTB where it's more difficult to have internal wiring. But on a road bike I really don't see a need. Nowadays bike manufacturers are including internal mechanical/electronic wire routing options. Once the wires are installed (easily using the magnet tool) the benefits of a wired system outweighs a wireless system.
Assemble many bikes (as in for a living), and you will see what the true
benefits of a wireless system are.
Build time drastically reduced.
Performance benefit? Negligible, but then again i dont see the improvement over mechanical anyway.
It really doesn't take long to route several cables inside a frame. How much time do you save?
Reread what I wrote.
I wasn't talking about pdlpshr1, and his n+1 experience of maybe building his baby up. I'm talking about the guys in shops, on the factory floor assembling the things everyday.
Remember, not all bikes are created equal. Things can vary drastically between designs and build quality as to how to easy it might be to "pop a few wires through". Esp the case with carbon frames and what is left in there, and BB designs.
Also internally routed bars.
Have you ever cabled up a TT bike with an integrated front end? Even aero road bars such as aeronovas can be a pain if they want.
Any snagging is a potential problem later on; there are plenty of stories of poor connections in frames to batteries, on gear levers, which all take time to diagnose and correct.
From a manufacturers POV, wireless etap must be a godsend. None of that hassle; just bolt something on the outside and its done. Also a few minutes here, a few there, and all of a sudden, their output has increased. If a process can be removed, everyone's a winner.
Back to the original topic; why is the finish on the chainsets so poor? Scuffs off the minute you look at it?