I hadn't really checked my calendar, so I wasn't aware that it was once again the season for all the retro-grumps to start complaining about electronic shifting -- and the inevitable reminder that the 100-Years War against indexed shifting is still in progress.
And Shimano invented indexed shifting specifically to make you buy a group, including their shift levers (and freewheel).
Of course, I agree with the general sentiment. Electronic shifting is, on the face of it, one of those ridiculous "innovations" that will only do one thing well: Separate the overpaid and gullible from their money. Still, to carry the argument all the way back to indexed shifting gets tiresome. I personally am a fan of friction shifting (er--actually, no shifting it all is fine by me).
But to suggest that indexed shifting was merely a conspiracy to sell more parts is kind of silly, since it really does eliminate the need for (the beautiful but obscure art of) finessing your downtube or barend shifters. Incidentally, it also makes STI- and rapid-rise-type shifting possible, and you'll have a hard time prying the cold dead fingers of certain cyclists from these devices.
Even the übergrump himself, Grant Peterson, is a fan of rapid rise.
Still, I have to say... the whole kerfuffle reminds me of something... can't quite put my finger on it...
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