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Old 09-26-08, 04:36 AM   #1
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Shifter/Freewheel matchup?

Hey people,

I'm just getting a beater rideable again. The bike has a 6 speed rear shifter, will this work with a 5 speed freewheel? I found a good deal on a freewheel, I was just wondering.

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if your shifter isn't indexed, it should work--the range of your shifter's motion will be limited by the limiting screws. if it's indexed, it probably won't work in indexed mode because of the cog spacing...just set it to friction and you should still be ok.
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well, its a microshift brand shifter. i have no idea if its indexed or not. it clicks, if that helps i can't find any info on the shifter, so i don't know how to take it out of indexed mode.
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if the shifter "clicks" like a ratchet, then it should work just fine. if the shifter has 4 distingtive clicks, then it's indexed to a 5speed rear end; but sounds like it's the old school ratchetting style, that really has no preset indication to indexing. play around with it and see what you come up with. if it is a indexed shifter and i am wrong, then you'll need to either get a new indexed shifter that will work with your drivetrain (shimano shifters for shimano fw, suntour for suntour, etc.) or the easiest is to buy a friction shifter and once proporly installed and adjusted, it should work universally. just be sure to readjust your limiter screws on the rear derailleur (high/low) to accomidate the wider range.
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if your shifter isn't indexed, it should work--the range of your shifter's motion will be limited by the limiting screws. if it's indexed, it probably won't work in indexed mode because of the cog spacing...just set it to friction and you should still be ok.
I don't think you can say either way. Spacing wasn't really standardized back then so it would theoretically shift 5 cogs, possibly very badly. But you won't get 6 gears even if it does work.
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well, its a microshift brand shifter. i have no idea if its indexed or not. it clicks, if that helps i can't find any info on the shifter, so i don't know how to take it out of indexed mode.
4 distinct clicks? Or *a lot* of clicks (I mean like 10+). If it's the latter then it should work with anything, if it's the former then it wont' shift all 6 cogs. It may shift 5/6 cogs depending on the specific freewheel/shifter.
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you can probably find a cheap 5speed shifter thats indexed. try to find something that has a friction mode. hope thew one you have now works.
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Bike Nashbar has some friction mode 5 speed shifters for sale for 99 cents - and they include the cable! I just bought 5 of them for future use. Taiwan made, but cheap way to get your problem fixed.
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Thanks everyone. After buying the freewheel and adjusting everything, I'm concluding that the shifter is not indexed. Everything is working ok.

Now, on to my next question set. My freewheel is now a Shimano Cadet 5 speed, I'm wanting to pick up this shifter (or set if I can find it): http://tinyurl.com/4zupq2

When derailer should I get to match up? Any lower end Shimano? I'm lovin the bargain bin at my LBS, they have several in there for around $15.

I'll tackle the crank and that area after I finish the rear drive train and brakes.

Thanks!
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im not sure that the spacing of a sram shifter (nice shifter by the way, eve though im bias against gripshift) will be compatable to your shimano rear end. by the looks of the picture, that is a 7speed shifter and you have a shimano 7speed rearend, not to mention that the shifter is probably indexed. deja vu? so i don't know if that would be a step backwards for you getting that shifter, unless you were to upgrade to a seven speed rear freewheel. and nashbar is a good place to find such items i've heard.

as far as your wanting to upgrade the derailleur on the rear, does it bolt directly onto the frame mount or does it have a built in "claw" that sits between the axle bolt and frame? for the lowerend "claw" type, i think the best yo'll find is shimano tourney. if its a better type that is built in to the frame, the sky is the limit. im partial to shimano so anything deore will do the job. deore isn't very low end, but its worth a few extra bucks.
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