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Old 03-13-10, 04:57 PM   #1
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7 speed RSX brifters

Where are all the Shimano A410 7 speed RSX brifters? there used to be a couple at a time on ebay...
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Old 03-13-10, 05:30 PM   #2
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I saw at least 3: 1 2 3

I lucked into a set for $30 locally
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People like me must have bought them up. Last set I ran across were going for $45.00 at the Westminster swap meet last year. I grabbed them very quickly, and they're now on my Mavic neutral support bike.

RSX's are probably the best buy out there. Half the price of Sora, and shift a lot better. That's why you have a hard time finding them.
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People like us are buying them and putting them on vintage bikes. Its an easy conversion on a 7 speed vintage bike.

Sometimes, the best deals on used ones is to buy a donor bike instead.
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They're out there, but 8-sp will work on the 7-sp, too, with a dead shift.
Around here, Sora's are much cheaper, and they should be.
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People talk down Sora, but mine is solid - shifts very well.
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People talk down Sora, but mine is solid - shifts very well.
Won't disagree with you, the Sora/Tiagra setup I've got on my Fuji Finest works well. However, RSX still shifts better, closer in action to my 9-speed Ultegra than 8-speed Sora.
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My Univega Superstrada came with a full RSX group and I'm very pleased with it. However, the left side brifter is dead and the right was replaced with tricolor. I would love to find a cheap set of 7 speed RSX brifters but no such luck yet.
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I stripped a Cannondale for parts to build a very large aluminum framed Schwinn Super Sport for a very tall friend of mine. It had the RSX group, my friend wanted touring bars and a grip shifter, so I have a nearly new pair of RSX brifters for a future project. Cool!
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People talk down Sora, but mine is solid - shifts very well.
Mine, too, don't get me wrong, they just don't work in the drops very well.
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7 Speed RSX is very desirable for older bikes. I've been saying that they sell for more than 8 speed 105 and Sora for a while now. Rule of thumb used to be 7 speed RSX will sell for about the same as 600/Ultegra 8 speed. It could be that 7 speed RSX is now more desired than the 8 speed Ultegra.
We have no one to blame but ourselves. They work really well with older bikes with 126mm between the stays and 7 speed freewheels. So they are an easy conversion.
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I have a growing collection of busted RSX brifters. I actually managed to get one set working again, and they were gone (sold locally) within 24-hours. Non-servicable parts are the baine of Shimano. I suspect that they are getting harder to find not only because peole are looking for them, but they are also beginning to wear-out or fail.
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The 8-sp 105 are harder to find, look pretty good, and can be repaired somewhat. They work well, and would be my next choice, price-wise.

I just saw a local bike sell with a complete NOS 8-sp DA STI system. I doubt it had ever been shifted through the gears, the bike had probably 5-6 miles on it.

I've bought a couple bikes with unuseable STI shifters, and half have been repairable easily.

1-I've found that the lever return spring often unseats itself, which is easily fixed by removing the cap and seating it properly.
2-I've found that the cable was inserted before the shifter was "zeroed down" to full cable length, which is tedious to fix, requires extracting the old cable, all of it.
3-I've found that the non-serviceable ones are often just stuck, and require a full application of WD40 and lots of shifing up/down to work themselves free.

If I can't fix them that way, I send 'em on. Someone here on BF can take them apart and repair them if parts are available. Same with Ergos. I sure can't.
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RSXs are all right - a lot of them out there these days are close to their end of their service life, though (from my experience). That, and the lever throws are ridiculously long compared to modern STI levers.
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Wow...$200 for used shifters!!! I'll keep looking. .....
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I have two sets each with the front suffering from slip or stick. The old trick of WD-40 followed by lube has not worked.

There's a guy on facebook that disassembles, cleans, and re-assemble to repair for $30 plus $7 return s/h. Anyone tried him?

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If the front is slip or stick, often that's a sign the spring is not seated. On the RSX, you can remove the cap, gasket, and seat it.
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