DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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Which model STI? And who will do the install? Since this is going to be a temporary bike, I would personally forget it, as this is an expensive undertaking. You could easily spend $200 to $300 doing it, with lower end components.
The only way to do STI cheap is to find a deal on a used bike with STI, and then either swap the parts (if you are a mechanic), or sell the Cadex to help fund it.
While I have converted non-STI bikes to STI, I got a deal on the bike, a deal on the STI, and did all of the work myself. Even then, it would have been cheaper to just buy a nice used bike with STI.