After 4,863 miles of shifting nirvana (5,217 total miles on my Di2 drivetrain), today I had a bad shift. I’ve grown so accustomed to absolutely perfect shifting with Ultegra Di2 that this was a rather soul-wrenching experience. The reason I don’t have 5,217 perfect miles is that it took me a little over 300 miles in the beginning to figure out that Di2 is less forgiving of lateral chain sway than a conventional drivetrain. Once that was solved, Di2 has been a dream. What follows is the reason my record of perfect shifting ended today.
The tale of a 10 day, 450 mile doorstep-to-doorstep ride around Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains with family and friends, told in installments. This is a ride I’ve wanted to do since moving to Idaho; it did not disappoint.
Chain drop, an aborted descent, and a strange tire failure.
Yeah, I’ve had a few. With a few hundred miles on the new trike, it’s becoming clear that I and the ICE design team have made some poor choices. Nothing too serious, but annoying nonetheless.
The project is finally complete and I’m riding a new trike that satisfies many of my original goals. In the end it didn’t make much sense to delay installing the Schlumpf so I combined phases II and III. Details following.