Old 01-22-10, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by tippy View Post
Shifter "speeds" are based on the number of "gears" its intended to shift (not the total for the bike). IE: A 9 speed rear shifter is for a bike with 9 rear gears (9 speed bike, 18 speed bike, 27 speed bike). BTW, how do you get a 21 speed bike with 9 rear gears? 9 X ? = 21?.
Yeah, the 9 X? = 21 confused me too. If the shifters are 7-speed and the cassette 9-speed, the shifters have to be set in the friction mode to work.

For a 5 cog freewheel there are no current indexing shifters that will work. However, you could use any "speed" and any make or model barend shifters with it since they all have a friction setting.
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