Bicycle Mechanics - Flat Bar Conversion question
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08-16-12, 11:02 PM
Hi folks, I am converting one of my lightweight bikes to a flatbar and I would like to use an extra SRAM X7 shifter I bought. I have a 9 speed Shimano cassette and a Shimano Ultegra rear derailleur. When I tried it, obviously there is a "ratio" problem as it took only 5 or 6 clicks to go from the smallest cog in the back to the largest. For the fun of it I hooked up my bar end shifters and it shifted smoothly to each gear. My question is - If I want to use my ultegra derailleur, must I buy another brand of 9 speed flat bar shifter? If so, what works best. How about buying a derailleur that matches the SRAM X-7? Would that be cheaper and work as well as the ultegra? I have a 12-27 Shimano rear cassette and a 50-36 Compact crankset. Obviously, I am struggling with coming up with a combination that will work well and I am open to any suggestions you all might have. Thanks.
08-16-12, 11:51 PM
SRAM X.xxx shifters are incompatible with Shimano derailleurs. As you've found, the SRAM shifters pull more cable than Shimano derailleurs can use.
You can use Shimano "flat-bar" shifters, but that may mean you will need a different front derailleur. (See my earlier reply here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/839867-Are-Shimano-SL-440-flar-bar-shifters-compatible-with-my-derailleurs )
Would you object to friction shifters? They're generally cheaper, and learning to shift them is no big deal: http://harriscyclery.net/product/various-manufacturers-top-mount-friction-thumb-shifters-2741.htm
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