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    Road Bike Shifters (Suggestings)

    I have been looking at road bike shifters. I was hoping to get a 2x9 set of shifters. I just have one problem that is the cost. I I have looked Campagnolo, sram's and Shimmano's line up. I just find the cost out outrageous. Its just a ratchet and pawl with a lever for the brakes. Does any one know of a set of these style of shifters that provide equal or what they feel is Superior shifting quality, and durability, of a Shimmano 105/Ultegra. That is reasonable priced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yonekura View Post
    I have been looking at road bike shifters. I was hoping to get a 2x9 set of shifters. I just have one problem that is the cost. I I have looked Campagnolo, sram's and Shimmano's line up. I just find the cost out outrageous. Its just a ratchet and pawl with a lever for the brakes. Does any one know of a set of these style of shifters that provide equal or what they feel is Superior shifting quality, and durability, of a Shimmano 105/Ultegra. That is reasonable priced.
    well not Ultegra or SRAM Force But maybe Apex or 105. http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...08_-1___202436
    Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yonekura View Post
    I have been looking at road bike shifters. I was hoping to get a 2x9 set of shifters. I just have one problem that is the cost. I I have looked Campagnolo, sram's and Shimmano's line up. I just find the cost out outrageous. Its just a ratchet and pawl with a lever for the brakes. Does any one know of a set of these style of shifters that provide equal or what they feel is Superior shifting quality, and durability, of a Shimmano 105/Ultegra. That is reasonable priced.
    You can get Microshift. Very good shifter and a lot cheaper, around $100.

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    Shifters can be the most expensive component on a bike. When my son, grandson and I pieced together a beater bike from parts that we had on hand, we realized that shifters was the deal breaker. Fortunately I had a set of Ultegra 9-speed 'brifters on hand.

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    You could try a set of bar end shifters. That is what I am going with on my cx build.

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    Ratchets, pawls, superior shifting, 105 quality, and cheap (on Ebay) -- check!

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    If you look further down the price list, you will find things cost less.
    8 speed drivetrains cost less in the long run too, as chains an cassettes wear
    and need be replaced, with use..

    Tiagra Sora.. etc.
    want the more shiny stuff , used is a place to look..

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    Microshift makes good brifters in 9 and 10 speed flavors. They also make Nashbar's house-brand and they make the Forte brand shifters. Incidentally, Microshift makes bar-end shifters, too.

    I have a set (the only non-friction shifters I own on half a dozen bikes currently in my stable, as a matter of fact) of the Nashbar branded 3x10 shifters, and have used them quite a bit for about a year, now. I have no complaints whatsoever with them. I paid about $150, shipping included.




    With that said, I do tend to like bar-end shifters and stem shifters better. I like being able to easily trim out any chain noises.

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    I see, well I just will keep my eye out for used stuff then.

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