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Cofidis time trials on Microshift

By:
James Huang
Published:
May 09, 2010, 14:20 BST,
Updated:
May 10, 2010, 5:51 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, May 10, 2010
Race:
Giro d'Italia
The 'adjustment' label is slightly deceiving - according to microSHIFT's installation instructions, you can customize the lever friction simply by altering the tightening torque on the mounting bolt.

The 'adjustment' label is slightly deceiving - according to microSHIFT's installation instructions, you can customize the lever friction simply by altering the tightening torque on the mounting bolt.

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French squad uses little-known Taiwanese component company for TT drivetrains

Pro Continental team Cofidis switched from Campagnolo to a Shimano-and-FSA component set-up this year and has swapped in yet another company for its time trial gear. While it's still using Shimano Dura-Ace transmissions on the road, the team's Look 596 aero bikes were instead equipped with shift levers and rear derailleurs from Taiwanese up-and-comer microSHIFT – who also produces transmission variants under the Sampson Sports, Dia-Compe, and Sturmey-Archer labels.

Aesthetically speaking, the microSHIFT bar-end shift levers bear a strong resemblance to SRAM's 900 TT with its carbon fiber blades and red anodized aluminum caps, but the cable pull ratio is a Shimano-compatible 2:1 instead of SRAM's 1:1 Exact Actuation set-up and the levers are wrapped, not molded. Out back is microSHIFT's ARSiS rear derailleur, complete with a similarly carbon fiber wrapped outer link and cage, plus machined alloy pulleys rotating on sealed cartridge bearings.

Cofidis sticks with its FSA front derailleur instead of the microSHIFT unit, and also retains the Shimano chains and cassettes from its road bikes. Road bikes on site were also still fitted with Shimano transmissions and considering how difficult it is to shift from the drops with microSHIFT's integrated brake/shift lever design, we don't expect the team to swap over on the road any time soon.

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