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Old 06-23-10, 08:46 PM   #1
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replacing shifters soon : need some suggestions

I just got a Novara Safari and completely distain the twist shifters. Does anyone have a recommendation on some good trigger shifters or some other options? Here is what I am considering so far...

http://www.rei.com/product/778777?pr...:referralID=NA

or these:

http://brandscycle.com/product/shima...70-43048-1.htm

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Old 06-24-10, 09:22 AM   #2
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What model are the current twist shifters? SRAM, who I believe makes all of the twist shifters, offers models that are compatible with either Shimano or SRAM rear deraillers. If your current rear derailler is Shimano, then the shifters you have picked out will work. If the rear derailler is SRAM, you still need to confirm the model of the shifters or derailler as SRAM makes rear deraillers that are compatible with Shimano shifters too.

Now when I say that those shifters will work, I'm assuming that you have the same number of cassette cogs as the shifters are designed for. Both of your picks are designed for 9 speed cassettes. If you have an 8 speed cassette, they will not work. You still have options to ditch the trigger shifters though:

http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...1&category=772
http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...7&category=772
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If you have a 1:1 SRAM rear derallieur, SRAM makes click shifters. Otherwise (Shimano/Shimano compatible) the two you linked will be just fine.

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my bet is that if you have twist shifters, it is most likely an 8 speed cassette. You do not need to spend a ton of money on XT shifters, you can get Acera shifters for a fraction of the price and they will most likely be more than enough for you. If you have a SRAM derailleur, go for X4's should do the trick. THere are really not that many options for 8 speed mountain shifters because most high end stuff is 9 speed and the 2011 SRAM stuff is all 10s
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my bet is that if you have twist shifters, it is most likely an 8 speed cassette. You do not need to spend a ton of money on XT shifters, you can get Acera shifters for a fraction of the price and they will most likely be more than enough for you. If you have a SRAM derailleur, go for X4's should do the trick. THere are really not that many options for 8 speed mountain shifters because most high end stuff is 9 speed and the 2011 SRAM stuff is all 10s
+1 The cost of those shifters is out of sight. Assuming you are 8 speed Shimano, I would move down a few notches. Acera shifter sets go for about $34 on Niagara.

+1 I really can't stand twist grip shifters. I tend to dump them early on any keeper MTBs.
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It looks for REI's site like you have a 27 speed drive train with SRAM Rocket twist shifters. If that is correct, these are directly compatible Rocket triggers from a reliable source. :
http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...2&category=773
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if that is the case, u can get a pair of x.7's which will be really nice on your bike, alloy levers are nice.
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It is 9 speed shimano and I like the Sram Attack Trigger Shifters that blamp28 linked to... I was also looking at this as an option

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...s.aspx?sc=FRGL

with these: http://www.treefortbikes.com/product...-Thumbies.html

Because I saw the same thing here and liked it : http://www.velonaut.net/blog/?page_id=568



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You have it all mixed up

Let's see:

1. Those are bar end shifters and the Thumbies you linked to need downtube shifters.
2. Those Thumbies are designed to fit 26.0mm road handlebars and you have 25.4mm bars

Although looking at the Thumbies link again, they do say bar end shifters but the picture shows downtube shifters. Maybe someone who owns them can comment. You could always add a thin shim to get them to work on your handlebars too if you really liked that style of shifter. I think you'll be happier with the trigger shifters though.
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