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    Brifters Question...

    Someone is selling these Shimano Sora STIs locally....

    http://images.craigslist.org/3I83Me3...d62f8f1146.jpg

    ...but there are a lot of STI models. Can anyone identify these? It says "Flightdeck" on there, but I can't make out the characters outlined in white. How much would you pay for a used pair?

    Also, I've never mounted a pair of these. Is it missing anything? It seems like there should be something on the underside where it contacts the handlebars.

    Thanks for any observations/advice.

    J.R.

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    The clamps may have only been tightened out of view into the housing.

    You'll need to verify if these have the right number of speeds, and if you'll be using a triple.

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    they're 3x8, so, triple chainrings (or double if you ignore an extra position), and 8 cogs in the rear.
    sora is the component grade
    flightdeck indicates compatibility with those silly motorcycle style display add-ons (never ever seen anyone actually use one)

    I dont like that particular model myself, since the shift return lever is the little tab up on top; which is not accessible from the dropped riding position.
    -ie, these are meant to be used from the hoods primarally; entry level/casual riders intended.
    may not be a deal breaker if that describes how you're going to ride of course
    higher end ones relocate the shift lever to be more usable from the drops; that or just buy Campagnolo
    I dunno, 60$?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dddd View Post
    The clamps may have only been tightened out of view into the housing.
    You can't do that; half the loop should be visible, so there are no clamps in that pic.

    $60 sounds fair, $50 without the clamps... you should be able to pinch another pair from most other brake levers, might require a couple of bolts as well if the Soras use a nut (same thing that holds brakes on BTW)... just use something in a 5mm allen dome-head, and the bigger hole won't matter if the head is big enough. I think canti/V-brake mounting bolts can often do the job.

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    The clamps were indeed present and I got them for $65. I doubt I'll be in the drops much, if ever, so I think they'll work for me - this is my first road bike, though, so maybe I'll eat those words. Much thanks for the input - it really helped in my decision.

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