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Old 09-02-11, 10:49 AM   #1
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HELP FIND-12 Speed Clamp on Down Tube Shifters for Vintage Road Bike???

hello,

so my problem is i am having a hard time finding the "clamp" on style down tube shifters for 12 speeds that originally did not have down tube shifters. My Fuji currently has bar end shifters.

if anyone can please show me a link of a down tube shifter that allows for 12 speed shifting to purchase i'd greatly appreciate it. i have searched but nothing but the common 5,6,9,10 etc. shifter comes up.

examples of the style im referring to.


and my bike for reference.


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Old 09-02-11, 11:05 AM   #2
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Any of those should work fine .
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that was just a random pic i found. i see those all day on ebay but they never say specifically what speed that are for. does that mean they are for whatever speed you desire to put them on?? i just dont want to buy a shifter and it only have the range of 8 or 10 speeds, when i need 12.
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Non index does not care.

Buy any that you like or ask in the thread above for someone to trade you for some.

Do you need them to be index?
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Non index does not care.

Buy any that you like or ask in the thread above for someone to trade you for some.

Do you need them to be index?
Looks liek he's got the suntour barcons which are friction, so I'm assuming no. Unless he's changing to an indexed rear...

Any of the shifters will work fine.
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sorry, not all that familiar with the term "index", does non index function the same way as friction where you shift freely, and index means it clicks into place? i want non index if i understand the terms correctly.
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What you need is a 6 speed shifter. 6 back x 2 front = 12 speed. The front is always friction. The rear shifter can either be indexed or friction. It is up to you both are available.
I think your problem is your are searching for 12 speed instead of 6.
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thanks JReade, i infact want to keep the friction shifter function, and do not want index. so from what you guys are saying, these for example would supplement my needs?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Shim...item53e8e36401

or these

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-SHIM...item1c1e696d02

gmouchawar good point made. i in fact was not searching for 6 speed. i think i know what to look for now.

thanks for all the quick and helpful responses!!
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I have a nice pair of Shimano L422 non-index shifters (with ratchet action) I'd be willing to swap for your bar-ends. PM me if you're interested.

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What you need is a 6 speed shifter. 6 back x 2 front = 12 speed. The front is always friction. The rear shifter can either be indexed or friction. It is up to you both are available.
I think your problem is your are searching for 12 speed instead of 6.
You can use a friction shifter on any speed rear as long as the cable pull will suffice. I havent come across one that falls short yet.
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Like these? http://www.loosescrews.com/index.cgi...id=17993348571

Or swap with thinktubes.
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I have some suntour power dt shifters I would swap you as well
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I have a nice pair of Shimano L422 non-index shifters (with ratchet action) I'd be willing to swap for your bar-ends. PM me if you're interested.

I didn't even know such things existed.
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