Bicycle Mechanics - 7 spd friction shifters with 8 spd cassette.
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03-09-08, 09:19 PM
Hi. I'm curious if I will be able these shifters:
will be compatible with an 8 spd cassette while in friction mode. Thanks!
ps - I'm not interested in the Ultegra 8 spd shifters.
03-09-08, 10:50 PM
IF the rear shifter has a friction mode, no problem.
03-10-08, 12:22 AM
+1 Should be fine.
03-10-08, 12:52 AM
Oh. I read the description incorrectly. I thought it said they were both convertable to friction. I'll give them a call to find out. Thanks guys!
03-10-08, 08:57 AM
They may not be compatible with 8-speed. 8-speed requires longer overall shifter travel, as 8 speed is wider then 7-speed.
RD's don't care about friction v. indexed. They are neutral on the subject. They do what they are told, within their operating limits.
03-10-08, 11:28 AM
If the shifter has a friction mode, you'll be fine.
03-10-08, 11:18 PM
Ummm, it says the item is "not currently available" at the bottom of the screen. Sorry to burst the old bubble. Man, that fine print is really gettin' ya...
03-10-08, 11:53 PM
No biggie. I put a wanted ad on craigslist to find the proper poo poo.
03-11-08, 12:06 AM
There are tons of friction downtube shifters online:
SunRace also makes 8-speed shifters, but I don't know who sells them:
03-11-08, 12:26 AM
not to steal this thread, but in regards to SIS vs Friction, can I use Shimano Sora STI levers (8sp/double) with a 105 7sp (SIS) RD and 600EX (friction) FD?
If the FD has to be SIS as well, can anyone suggest a 7/8sp compatible double chainring FD, that comes in a 26.8mm clamp-on model?
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