Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Portland OR
Bikes: 1990ish MTB converted to 'cross, custom Vulture 29"er, Swift 2-speed Automatix folder, Madsen cargo bike
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I absolutely despise grip shifters. Partly because I use drop bars, but also on flat bars because they require cutting the grips, limiting your options and having two different "feels" under your hands. Also because I am also a mountain biker (drop bars on that bike too, FWIW) I feel like the purpose of the grip is for GRIPPING and nothing else. First thing I did on my Swift, before I even rode it 20 miles, was to yank off the flat bar, grip shifters and SRAM derailer, replacing them with stuff that works better for me.
Bar-end shifters solve a lot of problems, although as a mountain biker I've jabbed myself in the thighs with them too many times. On my mountain bike, my solution has been to put them on top of the bars with an IRD thumbshifter perch
(which converts a bar-end shifter to act like the old thumbshifters). To me this ends up being the ideal solution for mountain biking. STI would be tempting (since I am using drops) but for mountain biking they are pretty fragile considering their cost. For flat bars I do still like trigger shifters, even though they are more complex and vulnerable than bar ends/thumbies.
I've also been using bar-end shifters on my folder. I do like their bulletproof simplicity, but I am about to convert to integrated STI shifters. On the road, I do like being able to shift without constantly moving my hands around. Despite the insane prices of most STI shifters, it doesn't have to be terribly expensive as long as you don't mind 8-speed: Shimano's ST-R500 8-speed shifter is about $130 if you buy the right lever only.
Last edited by GlowBoy; 05-22-12 at 02:28 PM.