As I am getting things going there will be quite a few components passing through my hands and onto bikes. Some of these will be things I have used for years, some new, and some in the gray area in between. The ones that I find remarkable will get special mention here on the blog, and may even show up in the soon to emerge online shop.
The first up for review are the new Dia-Compe ENE shifters. These are mechanically identical to the Silver friction shifters that Rivendell helped to bring back to market a few years back. The difference is in the look and shape.
The Silver shifters have a more modern like the later Suntour down tube shifters. The ENE shifters shown here are styled after more traditional or older Campy style. They offer the same silky smooth ratchet mechanism that we have grown to love over the years. For those not familiar with friction shifting. Unlike indexed shifting that you “click” from gear to gear, friction allows you infinite freedom to shift across the range of gears. For the initiate thee may be a short learning curve, but once you have the control back you will not likely want to give it up. Friction shifting allows the rider to shift smoothly across a range of gears, mix and match drive train components to you heart’s delight and trim a shift as needed without touching a barrel adjuster.
I prefer this shape to the silver model. The slightly wider and textured tail of the lever has a better feel. I also like the look, while not a complete retro-grouch, sometimes the classic styling just works.
Thanks for taking a look.