Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Clev Oh
Bikes: Specialized, Schwinn
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Originally Posted by operator
I've searched high and low for them, even ebay but i've found nothing...! Help me out guys.
They are the same as current models. You just need the 8 speed gear. It only cost $10. Problem is that it is no longer made. There is a solution. Buy a set of 8 speed downtube shifters. Swap the gear with the 9 or 10 speed gear in a current set. You have to make sure that the down tube shifter is the newest model with 3 springs not 2. The right shifter will have an adjuster on it. Most, but not all, of this version has the 3 spring gear. If you need help let me know and I can help swap if you have the parts.
Cost is the problem here. Used 8 speed DT shifters go for $35 and up. Used barcons go for $85 and up. Newer barcons on ebay are about $140 with cables but less shipping. You could spend upwards of $180 and be stuck with a lot of useless parts. Sometimes 8 speed barcons pop up on ebay. They usually are expensive as you are finding out.
This is one area where Shimano has a serious cost advantage. Do you have a current set of 9/10 speed barcons, I might be able to help.