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    Friction shifters for a 9-speed

    My right (9-speed) Ultegra shifter just crapped out and I don't feel like spending a whole lot of money to replace it. It is for a commuter bike. I have some 105 down tube shifters I could possibly use if they will pull the cable far enough to shift through all 9 gears. They are indexed (probably 7-speed) but I would use them in the friction mode. If they are in the friction mode, do you think they would work as a cheap fix?

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    cycling n00b Black Shuck's Avatar
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    Yes.

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    I have a Shimano Ultegra GS attached to Campagnolo downtube friction-shifters. And an 8 Spd. Miche 12 - 25 cassette. Works like a charm. I'm sure it wouldn't mind a 9 Spd.
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    i used this set up. I found 9 speed a little to close spaced for friction. It worked great for 6,7,8. I say get a nashbar 8 speed cassette or the $50 dura ace downtube shifters when you get the cash

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