tl;dr: With the right tools (and access to YouTube, and plenty of patience), can a relative beginner replace a SRAM mechanical gruppo with wireless 12-speed ETap?
I’m having a bit of a renaissance riding my 2013 Pinarello Rokh, a bike that I’d been using mostly on the trainer the last few years. I’ve never been happy with the shifting (and want to give it different gearing), so I thought this might be a cool opportunity to move into the brave new world of electronic shifting.
I recall a forum thread on bike-building last year where (expert) folks were very encouraging to (non-expert-y) types (like me) about fearlessly-but-thoughtfully, tackling such projects and I’m inclined to give it a go. (The BB is Italian threaded which I’m cautiously optimistic I can handle? For the derailleurs, I feel like the wireless element gives me more of a fighting chance?)
The counter-impulse is to pay a mechanic to really do the job ship shape; I’d hate to buy expensive components and then make some dumb mistake on the installation–or just not get everything aligned cleanly and properly. The most important thing would be for the finished bike to be right. (Less important is to take pride in having done it myself; that’s cool, and I’m sure I’d learn a lot and gain confidence in working on my bikes, but none of that takes precedent over the work being done well.)
What do you all think? I’d really like to give it a go, but is this something an amateur can or should tackle? Or will it just be a frustrating process that ends with me taking it to the LBS anyway?