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Old 06-20-10, 10:50 AM   #1
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EZ Fire Shifter, Twist Shifter...what other types are there?

New to biking. I have a 21 Speed EZ Fire Shifters on my bike. I briefly had a bike with twist shifter but I prefer the EZ Fire Shifters. Just curious, what other types of shifters are there?
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1. The EZ Fires you're familiar with.
2. Twist shifters.
3. Friction shifters.
4. Thumbshifters.
5. Dual Control.
6. SRAM Double Tap.
7. Shimano's road 'brifters'.

SRAM's Impulse triggers are an improvement over Alivio trigger design, but they're still triggers. SRAM was/is also the innovator of the twist shifters.
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Old 06-20-10, 09:02 PM   #3
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I'll add Campagnolo brifters, and some geared hubs with pedal shifting (operated by pedaling with "hiccups" to get the picture)
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Here's a good article that mentions (I think) most if not all of the shifter systems that have been used. Note the importance of distinguishing marketing copy from what actually works for you on your bike.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/upgrade-gears.html

I'd also suggest Rivendell's article on friction shifting.

http://www.rivbike.com/article/components/shifting


Personally, I really prefer a lever of some sort, though it could be in part because SIS thumbshifters were the first shifters I ever used, and I got used to them in a big hurry. I seem to dislike the shovey-shovey motion with Rapidfires, never certain what gear position I'm in anyway, plus it's between difficult and impossible to yank them smoothly over multiple positions if desired. My wife, on the other hand, loves the Rapidfires on her Globe Carmel and has no desire to use anything else. And unfortunately (IMO), hardly any new stuff these days comes with levers, which is probably why some people wouldn't know about them!

BTW, I'm currently trying a set of el-cheapo Pyramid friction thumb shifters I got from Niagara Cycle for a whole $5, so you could probably try out lever shifting for less than $10 total if you like. Rivbike sells SunRace thumb shifters for $14, or you might hunt eBay for a set of old SIS models if you strongly prefer index-ability.
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Old 06-24-10, 11:52 AM   #5
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Basically.
Trigger shifters
Grip shifters
Thumb shifters (index (clicking) and friction (smooth throughout the shift))

and a few more. like where the shifters are located. Like Suicide Shifters
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I like friction shifters.
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I have 4 bikes, ALL of them have friction thumb shifters.

(not walmart).
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