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    Default Marine Climate Di2 and Hub questions

    I'm moving to a high-salt, high ambient humidity marine climate in about a month and a half. Here are a few questions for those who've had to deal with the salt air on their bikes:

    If I got a bike with Di2, is there any e-Wire connecting grease I'd need in prepping everything? I'm talking making sure electrical connections don't corrode.

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    What fancy disc brake hubs are the best sealed against corrosion?

    I get that everything needs maintenance and that everything corrodes eventually, but how do I limit the effects? Grease and framesaver everything is obvious but is there anything less obvious?
     

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    I live close to a bay and ride along the coast or on an island in the Atlantic daily. Salty humidity is no joke. Wipe your bike after every ride, rinse it after getting caught in the rain, keep everything that needs lube or grease lubed or greased, and, most importantly, keep your bikes inside air conditioning when not riding. If you can't do those things you'll be fighting a losing battle.
     

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    Default Re: Marine Climate Di2 and Hub questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Strongin View Post
    most importantly, keep your bikes inside air conditioning when not riding.
    It is perpetually 60 degrees, give or take, where we're going. Dehumidifier in the bike room.
     

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    I lived in Singapore for 7yrs and had no problems with Di2 connections or hubs. Don't bother prepping the connectors.

    I kept my bikes inside, but was not so great at maintenance. The first parts to fail due to corrosion were generally the brifters themselves. Its worth noting, this happened much more quickly with campy (both mech and gen 1/2 eps) than it did with Shimano. Its one of the reasons I don't use campy anymore...
     

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    I live by the beach, ride up the beach and commute to the harbour. Where we live the stainless they use in kitchen appliances sure as hell isn't.

    I have a Columbus XCR frame that is starting to rust in the unpainted areas.

    The original 10spd Di2, with no special preparation remains faultless. You can worry about other things.
    Colin Mclelland

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    The fittings are very well designed. That said I always assemble using automotive dielectric grease.

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