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    STI for Me?

    I purchased this bottom of the line Fuji last summer to see if I would commit to cycling. I had a blast and bought a new bike a month ago. I would like to keep the Fuji and ride it as a second/winter/beater bike. I would love to upgrade from downtube shifters to STI. Is this possible and reasonable or is too expensive/difficult for the reward. The link below is the info on my bike that should answer any compatibility questions. Thank you for your expertise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjmolyet
    I purchased this bottom of the line Fuji last summer to see if I would commit to cycling. I had a blast and bought a new bike a month ago. I would like to keep the Fuji and ride it as a second/winter/beater bike. I would love to upgrade from downtube shifters to STI. Is this possible and reasonable or is too expensive/difficult for the reward. The link below is the info on my bike that should answer any compatibility questions. Thank you for your expertise.

    You can buy 8 speed Sora STI shifters for abut $100,maybe less. You can do bar end shifters for less than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjmolyet
    I purchased this bottom of the line Fuji last summer to see if I would commit to cycling. I had a blast and bought a new bike a month ago. I would like to keep the Fuji and ride it as a second/winter/beater bike. I would love to upgrade from downtube shifters to STI. Is this possible and reasonable or is too expensive/difficult for the reward. The link below is the info on my bike that should answer any compatibility questions. Thank you for your expertise.

    It wouldn't be an issue. the cable stops for the STI would go where your downtube shifters are now. Keep it cheap and go for some of the lower end STI, no sense going 'teg or DA on that one.

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    Don't. They're the work of the devil. Give me friction shifters, or give me death!
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    I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.
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    I installed dt friction shifters on my bianchi. BOOYEA

    You should stick with non-sti for a beater/commuter, that way it

    a) not be a mass target for theieves
    b) crap breaking won't also break your bank.

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    In my opinion the fancy shifters are a waste of money. But then again I learned to ride about 30 years ago on a home made bike (formerly trike), so I may be coming from a different place than you.

    When I went looking for a road bike last year to 'get back into it' I couldn't believe what they were asking for an 'entry level' road bike. They need to take the fancy crap off the bottom end bikes and make the sport a little more accessible. There's no reason they can't build a quality bike for $500 or so, instead they put the fancy STI crap on there & charge a grand.

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    I like STI
    converted all my road bikes
    they shift like a dream

    Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfbiked
    There's no reason they can't build a quality bike for $500 or so, instead they put the fancy STI crap on there & charge a grand.
    Depends on what level you are talking about. 8 speed downtube shifters would save about $50 over 8 speed sora STI. Want a cheap bike without STI? Check out some of the internet dirtct marketers, or buy a frame off eby and stick one together yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powers2b
    I like STI
    converted all my road bikes
    they shift like a dream

    Enjoy
    And having alot of STI/ergo makes me appreciate the simplicity of my retro bike with downtube friction.

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    don´t get STI they are rubbish- if you want something different just get bar end shifters
    only the dead have seen the end of mass motorized stupidity

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    (well if he was alive today he would have written it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sydney
    Depends on what level you are talking about. 8 speed downtube shifters would save about $50 over 8 speed sora STI. Want a cheap bike without STI? Check out some of the internet dirtct marketers, or buy a frame off eby and stick one together yourself.
    Thanks. I eventually found an 80s Fuji with bar-end shifters. For $100. Haven't had a problem yet.

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    friction or index
    both systems have their fan clubs
    try both and decide

    Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sydney
    Depends on what level you are talking about. 8 speed downtube shifters would save about $50 over 8 speed sora STI. Want a cheap bike without STI? Check out some of the internet dirtct marketers, or buy a frame off eby and stick one together yourself.
    Hold on a sec, you're telling me STI is only 60 bucks? Yeesh why didn't i got STI??

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    Hold on a sec, you're telling me STI is only 60 bucks? Yeesh why didn't i got STI??
    That isn't what I said.

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    I have made up my mind, downtubes are good enough for my beater! I think the pain and price are not worth the reward so I will stick to what I have. Thank you all for your input.
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    The Shimano downtube shifters are light-action shifters. IOW, you don't need to make them too tight. If you insist, you could move to bar-end shifters, but I don,t think I would recommend STI for serious winter riding and/or outside parking. I have no direct experience with it, but I'm afraid of what the innards would look like when shifting at -30 C or on a day with lots of icing rain.
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    If you were interested in shifters on your bars, but didn't want STI or bar-ends, you could always go with the Kelly Take-Offs or the Paul Thumbies.

    Kudos on your decision to keep the downtube shifters, though. I'm a huge fan.

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