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    Suggestions for a downtube shifter

    I am thinking of replacing my friction stem shifters with downtube shifters. The bike is a mid-70's Nishiki Interntional with Suntour Components and a 5spd freewheel. Any suggestions? preferably from that era.

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    Looking for clamp-on I assume?

    SunTour Power Ratchets are great
    Any SunTour topmount + the clamp would work well too

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    Suntour power shifters are plentiful and cheap, pretty good.
    I would go with simplex retros though, commonly only $40 and hard to beat across the board.
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    The Suntour Power shifter is the best down tube shifter I have ever used!


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    Quote Originally Posted by PDXaero View Post
    I would go with simplex retros though, commonly only $40 and hard to beat across the board.
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    I like the SunTour Power Ratchets; put them on my Paramount.

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    the Power Shifters are a nice match up. Otherwise, I recommend a set of Cyclone DTs with the endless band mounting. Very clean looking.
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    Thanks all.

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    +10 I put Suntour power shifters onto this 1973 Nishiki International. I actually modified two 1973 Internationals that way.




    And as found:


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    You should move that pie plate to the front - it'll fix that chain falling off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    +10 I put Suntour power shifters onto this 1973 Nishiki International. I actually modified two 1973 Internationals that way.




    And as found:

    Nice Job. Looks about 500% better !!

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    Start out with the Suntour Power shifters - Then latter on braze or solder on a set of shifter bosses...

    Also Sunrace make a fair shifter - The steel parts of both type shifters have thin chrome so spray them with some clear enamel before installing to keep them from rusting...

    It is well worth the effort to get the shifters off your stem - The shifters will feel a little more solid, keep their tunning longer, and most times slip less...

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    Great upgrade. The other option is to go to barcons.
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    @wrk101

    I've got the same frame and blue color as yours. Good to see what it'll look like once I put some Dtube shifters on.
    I've also done the aero hood upgrade with a new wrap and removed the pie plate. The aero hood was a great upgrade for me but I've also kept the original brake levers just in case I ever want to take it back to its original condition.
    Last edited by rivas7200; 01-20-11 at 12:21 AM.

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    Great upgrade. The other option is to go to barcons.
    The Suntour Barcon works much the same as the Power Shifter and I, personally, love Barcons...

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    I have to vote for the barcons too, they have the same type of ratchet mechanism as the Power Shifters and are far easier to reach. I'd go that way in a heartbeat on any bike. If you ride a tall frame, then they're that much more convenient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDXaero View Post
    Suntour power shifters are plentiful and cheap, pretty good.
    I would go with simplex retros though, commonly only $40 and hard to beat across the board.
    I prefer the Simplex as well, but given that it's a Japanese bike with SunTour derailleurs I'd go for the SunTour levers in this case. The Simplex barrels are slightly smaller diameter than the SunTour's and will require more lever travel per shift as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivas7200 View Post
    @wrk101

    I've got the same frame and blue color as yours. Good to see what it'll look like once I put some Dtube shifters on.
    I've also done the aero hood upgrade with a new wrap and removed the pie plate. The aero hood was a great upgrade for me but I've also kept the original brake levers just in case I ever want to take it back to its original condition.
    I loaded up on the Nashbar branded aero levers last year when they were on sale for $4.99 a set. I wish I had bought 100 pairs. Basically half the cost of just lever hoods for the non-aero stuff.

    I had three blue 1973 Nishiki Internationals (one a donor bike, frame paint too rough), plus a gold 1973 Nishiki International. To tell them apart, I used red bar tape on the other blue bike. Unfortunately, I was out of red housing at the time (I have since replenished the stock). It was kind of a mess when I picked it up.




    Before:


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    ^^^ Nice Job on that one too!! How the heck were you supposed to use the brakes in the "before"??? Bizarre

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