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Old 03-01-08, 05:35 AM   #1
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Shifters

hello (mind the n00b!!),

i'm doing a bit of spring cleaning on my bike, need to replace a shifter... i've been pining for old shifters i had, like the simple gripshift units, and also, i really miss these retro units i had, they were simple click indexing type but with three paddles underneath the bar with foam ends... machine tech i think... they were kind of unique, got them at bike show 2001 or 2. anything like this exist today, 'cos i'm bored with my XT triggers?

i'm a little disappointed @ sram (mostly) incomaptible with shimano 9 speed, all i can see is sram units & STi triggers.

please help!! i miss all the tricknology of years gone by. bah! should i just give up my soul & go for whole groupsets (lol)?!

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there are "paul thumbies" for all the retro-grouches out there. You'll need to buy the levers but it does give you the option to switch between index and friction should you need to.

http://www.paulcomp.com/thumbmtn.html

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very nice, i like!! though the ones i mentioned, very clever under-bar design with three paddles, thumb & finger sit between them & twist clockwise / anti to shift up / down. friction type (no spring return). kinda like a cross between thumbies & STi.

i like shimano stuff for gears & teeth but pretty soulless for controls!
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Suntour wishbone - good luck finding some though. The original suntour went bust and I don't know if the new suntour still makes them.

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nice one, cheers... fairly similar... shame no-one makes this sort anymore, defo lack of choice in the shifter market today i think. i remember seeing all kindsa crazy stuff in the mid '90's, some even prototype hydraulic derailleurs & stuff... i guess if it ain't broke don't fix it! i'm waiting for piezoelectric shifting & shaft drive... wait, they already did that, funny gearing though...
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nice one, cheers... fairly similar... shame no-one makes this sort anymore, defo lack of choice in the shifter market today i think. i remember seeing all kindsa crazy stuff in the mid '90's, some even prototype hydraulic derailleurs & stuff... i guess if it ain't broke don't fix it! i'm waiting for piezoelectric shifting & shaft drive... wait, they already did that, funny gearing though...
yah - the bike industry definitely seems to have stagnated in the last 10 years. Hopefully, with the development of more gearbox bikes, there'll be a move away from crap derailleur based systems. The diamond frame insistance by UCI pretty muched stopped the logical progression of frame design by people like softride, sbike and trimble (they're back in business though).



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indeed but the diamond frame is well sexy sub-18inch (& safe!) with chunky tyres & lanky seatpost!! i think the sbike had a few failures though i do love that american trimble, simplicity is key to just looking at it & getting on it & being free for a while... i nearly bought a lotus XT but went the standard frame route instead. you don't see them anymore
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