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I have a set of 7 speed RSX STI shifters taken off a tandem and put on my pit bike. The rear works fine, the front a little sticky, I have to constantly soak it in lube- its a triple that I blocked to use on a double ring. If you can find RSX or Sora 7-speed cheap, then go for it. But Ebay prices on these are usually too high (60-80 bucks for used SORA???) For this reason I may actually sell mine as they still look good, and replace them with bar end shifters that are lighter and more reliable than cheap STI's for cross racing in mud and sand. I would think about these instead. Don't even think about the Modolo Morphos shifters that Nashbar was pushing not too long ago. Nice idea, but they're junk. Similarly Kelly Bike has (had?) some adapters that allow you to mount downtube shifters off to the side of your brake levers. Nice idea, but a friend had these and hated them. They looked pretty awkward. For cross racing, if your bike is set up properly you should be comfortable in your drops for most of the race- your bars are more shallow, higher and closer than your road set up. Like this, STI's arent that much of an advantage over bar end shifters because you're in the drops most of the time anyway. When your drivetrain goes to sh*t in mud and goo, you can switch bar end shifters to friction mode and continue to function when STI would leave you on foot. This is especially true if you don't have the luxury of a second bike and pit "crew" (ie buds or sig other standing in silent suffering in the rain while you play waiting for you to growl "bike change!" as the highlight of their race day) Keep it simple, keep it light, keep it cheap and find some bar-control shifters. 8 speed should work fine for a 7 speed cassette, with an extra "ghost click" - no biggie.
-edit- sorry, I just noticed youre not racing. For the rides you describe, the bar-end arguements are even more true. Bar ends are perfect for tours and joyrides. My RSX shifters on the tandem were replaced by Bar-ends. Ahhh... much better shifting, and can be easily fixed or adjusted or reset to friction on the fly. I'm never going back to STI for a touring machine.
Last edited by ZenNMotion; 05-11-05 at 01:49 PM.