Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Delaware, OH
Bikes: Giant OCR2, Puegeot Altitude 21 MTB
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Shifters/Brakes for MTB Conversion
I have an older Peugeot 21 speed Mountain bike that I am converting to a loaded touring/commuter bike. I plan to use drop handlebars, (probably Nitto Randonneur), however I need some advice on good shifter brake lever options to use with these bars.
The bike has an older Shimano "STI" design with indexing thumb shifters and seperate brake levers connected by a common handlebar bracket. (Not to be confused with the STI Brifters sold today, even though they carry the same name.) These are not bad, however I don't think they will be compatible with the drop bars.
My initial thoughts for replacement are something like 7 speed index shifting bar ends, if I can find them, and Dia Compe brake levers. The bike has early 90's Cantilever brakes.