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Old 01-26-14, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by jeirvine View Post
I'm coming around to this view as well. Haven't tried it beyond 8 speed.

Having the internet today means that one can also tap into every detail, and every detail's proponents and experts.

So anyone should be able to get a really slick-shifting friction setup up and running.

But if there is one thing about friction shifting it is that it seems better matched to slightly wider-spaced gearing, using fewer cogs.

I've gone as far as 7 in back, and really didn't want to have to shift closer ratios any more often.

52/42 with a 7s 13/28, or 54/44 with a 7s 13-30, or 52/36 with a 5-speed 13-24t, I don't need tight 13-14-15t cog spacing and wouldn't really want it using friction shifters.

Using retrofriction shifters with a 52/42 and 7s, 12-25t, UG freewheel is my ultimate go-fast friction setup on my '79 PX10E using a Suntour Sprint derailer and 7.1mm-width chain.

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