Sincerely A Dick
- Nov 14, 2011
I lean toward Shimano, mostly because I'm very familiar with it and it works well for me. OTOH, SRAM offers more options for gravel/adventure gearing. Would like to try SRAM sometime before committing to buying a groupset.
If you can find derailleurs you want, I can loan you a set of shifters and brakes. - 10sp.
I only have one drop bar bike left and it is Campy, so nothing I can offer for you to test out.
My personal opinion - I really like the comfort of Compy. A few years back, their hoods were definitely the most comfy to me.
I do love how smooth my old Ultegra was. It was silent, just shifted when you wanted it to and I have no complaints - except the hood design.
I also had a SRAM on 2 bikes. One was my fargo and the other was a road bike. The Sram takes a touch more effort and you can feel it when it is done shifting. I don't want to call it a "Clunk" into place, but I am not sure what other word to use.
All in all - I was running all three brands simultaneously. I also never had an issue with any of them. Everything was 100% subjective regarding which I liked best.
Campy - Most comfy (11 sp)
Shimano - smoothest (10 sp)
SRAM - most configuration options (10 sp)