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Old 08-05-16, 05:25 AM
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Switching from Sram to Shimano?

Since my main bike has Ultegra I would like to switch my Specialized AWOL over to Shimano 105 as it is time for some upgrades anyways.

I really like to DIY, and want to learn so wondering can I start with shifters and cables and later switch out the other components or do you have to switch it all out at once?
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At a minimum, you'll need to change the RD when you change the shifters.
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Why switch the Sram shift components on my Stratus has the most flawless shifts of any bike I have owned.
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Dont like the way the SRAM brifter functions?
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they're not compatible? Never tried SRAM, but always read they were compatible with Shimano
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this guy says they are
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they're not compatible? Never tried SRAM, but always read they were compatible with Shimano
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Read the article more carefully. When it comes to chains, cassettes, and cranksets there is good compatibility. When it comes to shifters, derailleurs, and brake callipers, compatibility is poor to non existant
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actually not in the market, and I'm happy you read the article carefully
It makes sense their shifters and derailleurs take different cable steps to keep them proprietary
I know there are cams that will let you use Campy shifters with Shimano RD, and vise-versa
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Originally Posted by bikepro
At a minimum, you'll need to change the RD when you change the shifters.
I think if you are going 5800 you need the front deraileur too since cable pull is different. FD is cheap and $186 gets you shifters and deraileurs

https://www.merlincycles.com/shimano...kit-85057.html
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I think if you are going 5800 you need the front deraileur too since cable pull is different. FD is cheap and $186 gets you shifters and deraileurs

https://www.merlincycles.com/shimano...kit-85057.html
Brakes could also be an issue.The lower mechanical advantage of the 5800 brake levers will reduce braking power unless you have the matching 5800 brake callipers

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I've mixed Shimano with SRAM for years and never noticed a difference. Since I wanted downtube shifters (had bar-end) and didn't want to pay the high price of Shimano I bought something cheap (Sunlite?) that have worked well. I have used Diacompe brake levers, which I broke in a fall, now have something generic.
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Did my best to give a review of what can be combine with what:

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