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Old 04-25-08, 09:03 AM   #1
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Which shifter for Nexus 8?

Hello,

I was wondering what people felt about the Nexus 8 shifter options, re. ease of use, durability, etc.

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Old 04-25-08, 01:05 PM   #2
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It's more a matter of preferance than ease of use. Both the twist grip "Revo" shifter and the RapidFire shifter work fine. I used a Revo shifter on a Nexus 7sp setup with no problems over about six months before the bike was stolen. I currently have the RapidFire shifter on an 8sp hub and so far so good.

I got the rapidfire shifter because I knew I'd be trying to find a place for it on a moustache bar--not sure if a revo shifter will slide on as easily over bends and whatnot. If you're using straight bars, then even this is not an issue.
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Old 04-25-08, 04:43 PM   #3
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The biggest difference AFAIK is with the twist shifter you can shift all 8 gears if you want in one wrist motion, whereas with the rapidfire you can only shift one at a time. It's fantastic being able to shift that quickly. I find the twist shifter to be quite bulky and I experienced a bit of pain between my thumb and finger. Just a matter of finding the most comfortable position in relation to the brake lever and wearing gloves has helped a lot. The brifter option may work better than just the plain twist shifter.

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Old 04-27-08, 06:22 PM   #4
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The most precise shifter is the Alfine shifter.

You can get it here for $35:
http://www.hiawathacyclery.com/cart/...5c1b486ae72dfb
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So the Nexus hubs use the same shifter actuation as Shimano's derailleurs? One could theoretically use barcons or downtube shifters? as long as they were eight speed? For some reason I had the impression that there was a different amount of cable pull. I suppose it'd also be slightly more difficult to find the index gear and you would have to count out the three shifts....
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So the Nexus hubs use the same shifter actuation as Shimano's derailleurs? One could theoretically use barcons or downtube shifters? as long as they were eight speed? For some reason I had the impression that there was a different amount of cable pull. I suppose it'd also be slightly more difficult to find the index gear and you would have to count out the three shifts....
I seem to remember a post about this recently (might not have been on this forum). Someone got bar end shifters to work, but it wasn't a direct bolt-on. Might have used a Travel Agent.

BTW, I am using the Alfine Rapidfire trigger shifter. I thought the quality was better than the twist shifter.
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My suggestion is to use the stock Nexus/Alfine shifter for Nexus/Alfine. The travel agent method is still fairly clunky.
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My suggestion is to use the stock Nexus/Alfine shifter for Nexus/Alfine. The travel agent method is still fairly clunky.
Yeah. I work at a bike shop and I've always heard that the Nexus and now Alfine only use the twist and nowAlfine shifter. Could you post a link for the travel agent build? That would be rad.
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Yeah. I work at a bike shop and I've always heard that the Nexus and now Alfine only use the twist and nowAlfine shifter. Could you post a link for the travel agent build? That would be rad.
http://bikehugger.com/2008/04/alfine..._omg_i_wan.htm
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I've always avoided twist shifters at all cost. Just a personal preference though. One of my bikes has a twist 3-speed and even though I don't shift it that much, it still bugs me.
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I don't understand all the avoiding twist shifters stuff. One of the nice things about the Nexus 8 and a twist shifter is you can be riding around at full speed and have a pedestrian walk in front of you or something, slam on your brakes and in one motion shift to a lower gear and be on your way. Nothing worse than being in traffic, clicking around to find a gear.

As far as the twist shifter with brake versus twist shift without brake, I'd recommend the without brake as you'll have more options later on.
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That is super rad. It'd be cool to use a Afline/Nexus hub on something with drop bars. Like his rad bike. Thanks for the link.
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