jaketim114 wrote:Why would you want Hydraulic SHIFTING? I can understand for better braking (and maybe more modulation), but shifting is indexed, so its not like any of that would matter. hydraulic shifting would also likely add weight.
I JakeTime114, welcome to the forum.
We've gone over this before in this forum many times.
1. It's a significantly lighter system, not heavier. Look it up.
2. Set it once and forget it. No adjustments for cables needed or compensation for stretch. Bleed once per year maybe.
3. Adaptable to drivetrain speed changes easily. Want to go 10 speed to 11 speed? Just switch out a small bit on the derailleur. That's it.
4. Exceptionally durable.
Anyway, it's been covered and discussed before. Right now ACROS carries a MTB Hydraulic Shifting. It is, by all accounts, phenomenal in action. It's also expensive because ACROS is a small company and they cnc-mill each part in house. They are currently working on a road system - shift, brake (disc and rim) all in one. If SRAM were to develop hydraulic shifting, the price for such a system would be, really, affordable. They also have the potential to integrate their MTB lines to hydraulic as well, which can mean swappable derailleur systems, brakes, and more, for entirely customizable bikes.