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Old 03-30-07, 02:22 PM   #1
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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!

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Old 03-30-07, 02:24 PM   #2
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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).

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