I'm upgrading a bike and found some nice shimano slr-440 (3x8) shifters for $20. They are marketed as flat bar road shifters. My cassette is an 8 speed shimano with a deore rear derailleur. The bike is a 700c hybrid that will be getting a shiny new rigid fork later this week. (Not really relevant, I just like to stroke the bikes ego)
The bike shop guy thought these parts should work well together, but the twenty year old slightly stoned seeming LBS employee's understanding of bike mechanics can't begin to rival the Bike Forums Collective Hive Mind. I just wanted another opinion before I go to the trouble of installing this and it doesn't work.
If they wouldn't work, would you keep the shifters and put something like a sora derailleur or get deore trigger shifters?
That said I hope it will work. (obviously)