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Left hand 10-speed shimano shifter

Old 08-04-22, 12:34 PM
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Left hand 10-speed shimano shifter

Hello everyone!

My girlfriend had an accident and will take 1 year to (hopefully) recover her right hand/arm mobility. My goal is to allow her to safely ride her bike with her left hand.

Is there a 10-speed right-hand shifter compatible with Shimano Deore XT derailleur? (RD-M780 is the specific model).
My best option at the moment is a microshift thumb shifter mounted on the left side

I'm also looking for double cable brake lever recommendations. I've seen a lot of cheap options online, I want to replace Avid SD7 levers.

Thanks!!
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Old 08-07-22, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by balrog687 View Post
Hello everyone!

My girlfriend had an accident and will take 1 year to (hopefully) recover her right hand/arm mobility. My goal is to allow her to safely ride her bike with her left hand.

Is there a 10-speed right-hand shifter compatible with Shimano Deore XT derailleur? (RD-M780 is the specific model).
My best option at the moment is a microshift thumb shifter mounted on the left side

I'm also looking for double cable brake lever recommendations. I've seen a lot of cheap options online, I want to replace Avid SD7 levers.

Thanks!!
Not sure what kind of shifter she currently has. If it's a brifter - integrated brake and shifter - that will not work from the left hand side - the forces required would be in the wrong direction for the hand.

However, a bar end shifter would work just fine (you can get them indexed or friction). Just get the right hand shifter and install it in the left bar end, and route the cable and housing over to the down tube (sort of a mirror image of what you would do with the right hand bar end shifter) and after that the rest of the cabling would look the same as with the shifter on the right.

The above refer to road bars. I just looked at my girl friend's bike which has flat bars. Her shifters are separate from the brake mechanism and have two levers: one which you push on to move the derailleur to a bigger cog and one you click to release the derailleur to a smaller cog. It looks like you could just mount the right one on the left bar, but on the top of the bar instead of the bottom. This would allow pushing and clicking in the same direction.

Good luck!
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