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Old 02-26-10, 01:40 PM   #1
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who makes the shifter part that fits on the inside of brake levers?

The best I can explain it is they attach on the inside of road brake lever.
They work in a rocker motion for shifting. You keep your hands on the hoods and shift with your
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Thanks, I will try to Google them to see how they work
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Also the Suntour ones, Suntour Command shifters I think. They had two levers opposing each other. Mounted inside of a drop bar brake lever.

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Yep, those are the two primary versions, although WTB made a mount that allowed you to mount Shimano thumb shifters in the same spot. But they cost an awful lot now.

I think the Take-Offs are the best option, since they are still produced.
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Add Paul Thumbies to the list as well.

http://www.paulcomp.com/thumbshifters.html
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The best thing about Kelly Take-offs is that they accept any model downtube shifter so they work with anything from 5-speed friction to 10-speed indexing by Shimano, Campy or SRAM.

I have a set on one of my older bikes using 8-speed Shimano dt levers and they work quite well. They aren't as convenient as STI/Ergo brifters but are far more accessible than any dt or barend shifter.
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Also the Suntour ones, Suntour Command shifters I think. They had two levers opposing each other. Mounted inside of a drop bar brake lever.

That is it. The one I was thinking about. Never seen them for sale. Being Sunture however, guess they will not work with Shamino stuff
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Yep, those are the two primary versions, although WTB made a mount that allowed you to mount Shimano thumb shifters in the same spot. But they cost an awful lot now.

I think the Take-Offs are the best option, since they are still produced.
I am interested in the 'WTB' version. Anybody have a line on them?
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Check the ebay for the Suntour stuff: http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=sun...1&_from=&_ipg=
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That is it. The one I was thinking about. Never seen them for sale. Being Sunture however, guess they will not work with Shamino stuff
Yeah, I dont know about "Shamino Stuff", but they should work with Shimano stuff since they are Shimano compatable
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Yeah, I dont know about "Shamino Stuff", but they should work with Shimano stuff since they are Shimano compatable

Typos aside, Command Shifters don't really have a friction mode, and only index with suntour freewheels. They can work Shimano cassettes, but not well. If you want, you can de-index them, there was a thread in C&V recently about it.

As far as the WTB, they were sold under the name "Multi-mount." google finds lots of things, although no really good photos, enough so you get an idea though. They show up on ebay once and a while, and sell for hundreds.

Paul Thumbies mount shifters at the top part of a bar, and while they might be adaptable to inside of the hoods, it would be a kludge at best, and an expensive kludge at that.
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Typos aside, Command Shifters don't really have a friction mode, and only index with suntour freewheels. They can work Shimano cassettes, but not well. If you want, you can de-index them, there was a thread in C&V recently about it.

As far as the WTB, they were sold under the name "Multi-mount." google finds lots of things, although no really good photos, enough so you get an idea though. They show up on ebay once and a while, and sell for hundreds.

Paul Thumbies mount shifters at the top part of a bar, and while they might be adaptable to inside of the hoods, it would be a kludge at best, and an expensive kludge at that.
Good info.

Simple answer to the OP's original question: Kelly Take Offs are available, reasonably priced, work with any make or model braze-on downtube shifter and are the next best thing to STI/Ergo brifters. There is no attractive alternative.
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