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Old 07-06-13, 07:45 AM   #1
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Time to replace Gripshifter on old Gary Fisher

Have an old Gary Fisher Aquila with a rigid front fork I bought new in 98. Ride a lot. Only mods are elevated stem to reduce aggressive handlebar positioning, a new cassette and chain, and Serfas inverted tread tires for fast rolling in the urban jungle while still maintaining some off-road-ability. It is a tank! The 400 SRT FFS 3x8 speed Grip Shifters work fine coupled with the STX-RC Rear Derailleur and Shimano Alivio Front Derailleur , but the rear grip shifter is wearing out. Mainly it is the rubbery grip part. With bare hands, I can't get a grip any more if I am sweating at all, and with gloves, the rubber is so thin, it is flexing a lot and feels like it is ready to rip away. Otherwise it works fine. Is there a cheap manageable way to just replace the grip part? Or do I have to replace the whole thing? Do I just go with new Grip shifters, or consider going with index shifters? What is compatible? Should I be considering upgrading my whole drivetrain? I am handy, and enjoy adjusting, maintaining and replacing components on my and friends bikes, so expecting to do this myself.
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Old 07-06-13, 09:14 AM   #2
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http://www.amazon.com/SRAM-Bicycle-T...ocket+shifters
You can get a set of 8 speed gripshifters for $20 if you like the gripshifts.
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Old 07-06-13, 04:44 PM   #3
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OK. Saw them. Is this the best I can do? I do see more expensive grip shifters. Are they worth the extra money? Will others even work? I seem to recall reading something about these old shifters working a 2:1 ratio vs. a more common 1:1? Would removing the old shifter boot that is really starting to shred itself right off the shifter and just putting some bar tape over it to get a good grip back?
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http://www.amazon.com/SRAM-Left-Grip...rds=sram+grips
That is for a different gripshift but if you look at the customers who also viewed section they show the older style but they are unavailable. The price of the x0 grips being $14 each makes $20 for a set of two complete shifters look pretty good though. Yes you also need shifters that are shimano compatible to match your rear Derailleur. I have no idea on the bar tape bit.
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I just bought the SRAM MRX Comp Bicycle Twist Shifter Set and am finishing putting it on this morning. Getting the grips on is hard work, but otherwise extremely easy. Gears are basically still in tune. Just expect some fine adjustment. It was a nice occasion to lube my housings too, but forgot to ask for some cable tip crimp ons when I bought the shifter set. I got it for $14.95 on a closeout. Reading about, it seems that 8 shifters are going away due to the popularity of 9 and 10 gear cassettes being so popular. So if there ever is another upgrade ( the old one lasted 20 years) it will include the whole drivetrain. And if I do that, I might just get a new mountain bike. I'll update my impressions on the shifters after riding for a few days.

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One of the bike shops around here used to sell the rubber grip that's slipping on your unit. It's a long shot, but you might want to call up the local LBSs in your area to see if any have just the rubber grip.
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Installed the new Grip shifters and they work just fine. Able to get the 8 gear side to change gears perfectly and the left side for the 3 ring chain works as well although it doesn't line up with the numbers as well and in the up direction requires a little overshift with back correction to get onto the biggest ring. I think that is actually fairly normal. Interestingly, the whole effort had me adjust the front derailleur and the middle and largest gears work great. The smallest front ring now only works with 1 thru 6 without getting really noisy due to front derailleur cage rub. But actually that all seems fine. The MRX Comp actually shifts with much less resistance than the old 97 SRAM MRX SRT FFS shifters. The only problem with the SRAM MRX Comps are that the grips are shorter by almost an inch than the old MRX Shifter setup. I plan on cutting the ends off of the old left gripper which has minimal wear and putting that on at the ends to make up the extra space. Next to the antlers, they will not go anywhere.
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Every time I have a bike with those horrid things, I replace with trigger shifters.
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Have an old Gary Fisher Aquila with a rigid front fork I bought new in 98. Ride a lot. Only mods are elevated stem to reduce aggressive handlebar positioning, a new cassette and chain, and Serfas inverted tread tires for fast rolling in the urban jungle while still maintaining some off-road-ability. It is a tank! The 400 SRT FFS 3x8 speed Grip Shifters work fine coupled with the STX-RC Rear Derailleur and Shimano Alivio Front Derailleur , but the rear grip shifter is wearing out. Mainly it is the rubbery grip part. With bare hands, I can't get a grip any more if I am sweating at all, and with gloves, the rubber is so thin, it is flexing a lot and feels like it is ready to rip away. Otherwise it works fine. Is there a cheap manageable way to just replace the grip part? Or do I have to replace the whole thing? Do I just go with new Grip shifters, or consider going with index shifters? What is compatible? Should I be considering upgrading my whole drivetrain? I am handy, and enjoy adjusting, maintaining and replacing components on my and friends bikes, so expecting to do this myself.
natch, very bizarre, the upgrades anyway...I have a 96 Aquila, matte purple with a rigid fork. It was a good looking bike in it's day, gray tires, grip shift and seat.

I could not stand the grip-shift and replaced them about six years ago with Shimano Rapid-Fire I believe, no big deal at all.

The Tioga tires are long gone and the Hemispere's were dry rotted. I pulled the Serfas Drifters off my SS project a few months ago and put them on the Fisher, pulled the 1.5 riser bars off and went back with the stock flat bar, bar ends and a new Sunlite 120mm adjustable stem yesterday. That is a great combo in my opinion, as my conditioning improves I can drop the stem and over time drop the angle to stretch out a bit more.

This was my first nice ATB in my early 30's and a present to myself after losing 60 lbs and dropping below 199. I don't have the heart to sell it after 17 years, and I am sure I would lose hundreds of dollars.

I decided it would make a great commuter/trainer so I decided to make a few upgrades and keep it in service. I ordered Marathon 26x1.5's, a black Brook's B-67 and silver SKS P45 fenders. The Serfas will go back to the SS project and if I find the B-67 to wide, I will move it to my beach cruiser and get a B-17.

Good luck with your Aquila!

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