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Old 07-23-09, 09:41 AM   #1
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Shifter Pod Replacement - Generic Fit?

I just recently picked up an old Mongoose Rockadile off of Craigslist for dirt cheap, but it needs new shifters. Both the front and rear shifters are worn, although I could probably get away with replacing just the rear shifter I figure I'll do them both.

The shifters are part of an integrated brake lever/shifter - a Shimano Altus A-20. After trying google and doing a search here before joining, I haven't been able to come up with much info on it. Maybe I'm just not looking in the right places.

Anyways, the jist of my question is - can I pick up any Shimano pod and will it fit on the brake lever?

Will this Shimano STX/Alivio MC40 work? It says it's a pair, left and right. I assume the left is then only a 3 gear shifter?

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can I pick up any Shimano pod and will it fit on the brake lever?
No. To do that you would need to find the appropriate Shimano service parts.

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Will this Shimano STX/Alivio MC40 work? It says it's a pair, left and right. I assume the left is then only a 3 gear shifter?
You might be able to cut the shifter pods off your existing brake levers, and then mount the MC40 pods on your handlebars. Your other option would be to get new combined brake and shifter levers. If you do that, then you'll have to make sure the new brake levers match your type of brakes.
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Thank you Laura.

I think I don't quite know what I'm talking about...new to the lingo and all. I was able to unscrew the old shifter pod from the brake assembly. I guess integrated was maybe the wrong way to put it? Does that change your answer, then? Sorry for the confusion.
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Does that change your answer, then?
Nope. The only "universal" mounting is via a handle bar clamp. I've seen a bike where the original shifter pod mount was hacksawed off of the integrated levers - and then was replaced with the shifters you referenced above.

The same merchant also has these:

For cantilever brakes (if your brake cable approaches from the middle, and then splits into two):
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Lever+Set.aspx

For V-brakes (if your brake cable approaches from a side and makes a 90 degree turn inside a metal tube):
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...ift+Lever.aspx
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I just recently picked up an old Mongoose Rockadile off of Craigslist for dirt cheap, but it needs new shifters. Both the front and rear shifters are worn, although I could probably get away with replacing just the rear shifter I figure I'll do them both.

The shifters are part of an integrated brake lever/shifter - a Shimano Altus A-20. After trying google and doing a search here before joining, I haven't been able to come up with much info on it. Maybe I'm just not looking in the right places.

Anyways, the jist of my question is - can I pick up any Shimano pod and will it fit on the brake lever?

Will this Shimano STX/Alivio MC40 work? It says it's a pair, left and right. I assume the left is then only a 3 gear shifter?

TIA!
Are you a betting person? The shifters you have linked mount to the bar clamps by a single central screw so there is an outside chance you could substitute them for your current pods by removing the bar clamp. There is no guarantee that this will work. If you try, post the results as I am in the same boat with a brake/shift set I rescued from a trashed bike.
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@laura: Thanks for providing that link. That would take care of it all for me, and at a very reasonable price.


@steev: That's exactly what I was thinking, b/c the pod I removed was attached with that same center mounting bolt, and really looks pretty darn close. In the end, though, I think I may save the trial and error and just go with the link laura provided...
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