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Old 09-16-06, 11:59 PM   #1
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Show us your best shifters

I have heard that there are some newer types on the market but, IMHO, they don't get any better than this:

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Old 09-17-06, 05:46 AM   #2
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Superbe Pro are very pretty shifters. Another good looking pair were the Simplex retro-shifters that had the same polished look and a sculpted cutout where the fingertips were placed when shifting.

Today, my favorites are DuraAce bar end shifters. Besides looking good, they are faster shifting, can make multiple gear shifts, and more precise than many brifters and no problems with chain rub on a triple front derailleur. Then again, I've had bar ends off and on for 25 years and my old-fartness may be showing.

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Old 09-17-06, 06:12 AM   #3
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This is a good one....
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Another good looking pair were the Simplex retro-shifters that had the same polished look and a sculpted cutout where the fingertips were placed when shifting.
Graceful, smooth, light, enduring........my much used Mavic-Simplex retrofrictions. (And Superbe Pro brakes...also old stuff that still works well.) It's nice to enjoy a variety of component styles.
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Yeah, CrossChain, those are the ones that I used to use with all of my Campy SR stuff. Man, I miss some of those bikes that I used to have...

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I have heard that there are some newer types on the market but, IMHO, they don't get any better than this:

Were mine once that shiny?

While they were nice, the bits at the other end of the cable are the "real deal". Suntour Cyclone dr's were the best deal ever. They shifted WAY better than the Campy NR's and SR's at a small fraction of the cost. And they are nearly indestructable. I preferred them to the Suntour Superbe/Pro line. While they didn't have the "bling" factor going for them when they were new, I also didn't have to overshift and then back off when shifting like my "Campy and Campy only" road brothers. They still work great on my 20+ year old bike after HUGE mileage. Ditto for my Suntour Superbe Pro pedals. They are the BEST PEDALS EVER! If they still made shoes/cleats for the old style "quill" pedals I would have moved my Superbe Pro pedals onto my everyday road bike in a heartbeat. Instead I carefully meter my time on my old bike because I know that when the shoes/cleats go I'm not going to spend the mega-$'s to get correct period replacements. There are sources of NOS cleats for them, but the cleats now cost WAY more than I paid for the shoes originally! Campy wins for hubs, though. Well maintained Campy Record hubs only get better with age.
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Were mine once that shiny?

While they were nice, the bits at the other end of the cable are the "real deal". Suntour Cyclone dr's were the best deal ever. They shifted WAY better than the Campy NR's and SR's at a small fraction of the cost. And they are nearly indestructable. I preferred them to the Suntour Superbe/Pro line...............
You mean like these?





Yes, they are smooth.
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I have these early Shimano 600 levers on my Motobecane Grand Jubile. Seem fitting on a French bike. Don
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