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    Thumb shifter for 9-speed?

    Hello there,

    Will an old seven-speed thumb shifter set in friction mode work for a new 9-speed cassette?

    Thanks!

    -Dustin

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrambledwonder
    Hello there,

    Will an old seven-speed thumb shifter set in friction mode work for a new 9-speed cassette?
    Yes, but the sprockets are so close together that you may find the shifting a bit finicky.

    Hyperglide is generally a bit dodgy with friction shifting anyway, because it doesn't give audible/tactile warning when the derailer isn't quite lined up with the sprocket.

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    You could get some bar end shifters and paul thumbies and have some 9-sp thumb shifters, but that's not a cheap solution.

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    Thanks Sheldon!

    So basically I'd have to go with bar-end shifters converted to work with Paul Thumbies?

    Hmm. . . A bit pricey, but perhaps.

    I'll probably just pick up a pair of shimano below-the-bar shifters (as we used to call them right when they came out).

    Thanks again,

    Dustin

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