Taipei First Look: Microshift Shifts into 11 Speed with new Centos Road Drivetrain
Love everything about 11 speed but the price? It looks like Microshift will soon have an answer with a surprisingly well designed shifter. Called the Centos 11 group, the drivetrain is Microshift’s first step into the world of 11 speed and is a redesign of the current 10 speed Centos line. Bumping the shifters up to 11 speed is definitely a big feature, but perhaps more interesting is the new shift paddle design which is sort of a hybrid between SRAM and Campy.
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Thanks to the uniquely shaped down shift paddle, riders can easily shift down from the hood or from the drops. It’s not exactly pretty, but the ergonomics are solid. In either position the lever is right where your thumb rests providing easy shifting without reaching.
The paddle for the upshift is very SRAMesque with a large pressure area and a nicely shaped brake lever. The overall shape of the hood is much improved over previous Microshift designs as well.
Details were pretty slim, but we do know that it will be a full drivetrain with front and rear derailleurs that are deigned for the shifters. Microshift says the Centos 11 speed group will be available by the end of the year.