Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Baton Rouge/New Orleans
Bikes: 2010 Torker T-300, with drop bars. I also have a vintage lugged Mercier 12 speed with downtube shifters that I'm crazy about. A repainted, rebuilt 1986 Raleigh Pursuit road bike
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Change from stem shift to downtube?
Hi! I have an old Raleigh road bike that came with friction stem shifters. I was thinking of replacing them with a clamp on downtube shifter, a ratcheting model I like. I put it in place to make sure that it fit the tube okay, but I noticed that the cables would be a few mm farther away from the downtube than the narrow path from the old cable stops. Just about 3 mm farther from the tube on either side.
Would 3 or 4 mm change in the lateral position of the shifter cables at the top of the downtube make a serious difference in performance? Would I have to get a different cable guide for the bottom of the bottom bracket? Thanks.