So KP's comment to my last post about Fidea moving to SRAM and seeing Niel's Dura Ace 7900 levers made me take a deeper look. While he switched bikes considerably between his 7800 equiped Stevens bikes and 7900, the edition he used and proved worked under the stress of 'cross was indeed the 7900 Electronic Shifting edition....
Photo courtesy of Photopress.be.
In an email thread with Matt Pacocha this AM, he nailed it out like this to me: Do you realize the implications this will have on 'cross without the need for cables?
Spot on. This said, I want to see how these will work in a race like Hamme-Zogge when the peanut butter mud is so thick that it may over-power the ability of the shifting mechanism. That'll be the test of truth. 'Cross in general is the test of truth for any manufacturer looking to validate the worthiness of their bits.
But all in all, this was a major day in the life of cyclocross technology with Niels taking on the role as technology validator....and taking home the "W".