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Old 11-12-10, 09:53 AM   #1
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7- --> 8-speed question/opinion

so in my travels i have come across a set of wheels i really like with an 8-speed cassette.
i put them on my 105 downtube shifted 7-speed cdale[90 sr600 crit] and adjusted the rear der limit screw. it works just fine.
i have also just come across a set of 105 8-speed integrated levers. problem is, they are attached to a bike[97 cdale r800] i bought to clean/fix and flip.
im kinda old school in that i like using friction dt shifters and have never used an indexed system, let alone 'brifters'.
should i be concidering swapping the 105 integrated to my bike and setting the 97 up as a dt 7-speed[i have almost 4 complete 105 7-speed groups + wheels in the basement] or will i be disapointed with the setup, especially since i will most likely need to lower my resale price on the 97?

mostly just looking for opinions here.


edit: bike is currently a 1x8 but would put the front der on if i switched.
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Old 11-12-10, 10:31 AM   #2
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91MF, I really like the 8S more than the 7S, but I think the '97 Cannondales didn't have any 7S rears in the line up, in particular the R800. I'd leave the R800 as is or install a FD and a double and use the proceeds to fund an 8S on your '90.

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Correction: Cannondale used a 7S rear with a triple

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That's a lot of work to do the swap. I'd re-sell the '97 R800 as-is. Then get some 8-spd downtube or brifters for your SR600.

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Old 11-12-10, 11:03 AM   #4
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clean up the R800 and ride it. if you don't like the inegrated levers than sell it, if you like them than either keep the entire bike of keep the levers.
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I like brifters a lot. I also hate them because I cannot switch to friction mode when indexing goes awry. However, brifters and indexed shifting are great. Really, really great. when they work, which is most of the time. If you have not used a bike with brifter I suggest you try out the new cannondale when you get it working perfectly. Then you can see how much brifters might be worth to you.

And, yes, downgrading a bike to downtube shifters will most likely lower the resale value. But if you like brifters then you can sacrifice the extra profit to keep the brifters for yourself. 8 speed brifters are kinda hard to find (except for Sora, which are not great).
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thanks for the responses guys

yea im really thinking about 7-speeding the 97 - even tho there was no 7-speed by then - and keeping the 105 brifters for myself. i have looked for 8-speed brifters before and all i found at that time was the sora that were mentioned.

i think im willing to take a hit on the re-sale to keep the brifters, i was just looking for a few opinions to help me decide if i was being an idiot or not.


ps. the 97 r800 is not my size. its way to small do i dont know about building it up to try.. i wouldnt be able to really ride the bike more than just around the block.
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are there shifter bosses on the '97 frame for mounting the DT shifters?
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