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How do I identify which series mech I have?

Old 06-24-18, 01:30 PM
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How do I identify which series mech I have?

I’m building up a gravel bike using an old Miyata 610 and 105 components from a newer (but still old) road bike.

Deraillers are indexed and I’d like to figure out which bar end shifters or even brifters I can use.

Heres a pick. What are the keys to deciphering the era / model?
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Not sure if they did it with that generation, but the model number (RD-xxxx and FD-xxxx) should be stamped on the other side of the upper knuckle of the rear derailer (like, turn the unit over and swing the pulleys out like the bike is using a low gear, it should reveal the numbers), and the shiny cage of the front derailer (edit: or inside the seat tube clamp), respectively. Off the top of my head I think those are 8 speed RD/FD5500 parts from the very early 90s.

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https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/8255490/ If this is the bike, it is a touring bike. It came with a triple up front and either 6 or 7 speeds in the back.
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Shimano parts as mentioned will have full ID numbering systems then you look up on Google / Shimano / technical specs it will tell you everything you need to know, sometimes reading the model number maybe awkward as you have to turn RD over then open it as if its on the largest cog, it should also have a small pair of letters stamped somewhere, again look these up as Shimano date stamp year & month for everything, it should also have country of manufacture.
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Those are Shimano 105 1055 series. Can shift anything from 6 to 10 speeds, will index with all of the usual Shimano shifters.
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Those are Shimano 105 1055 series. Can shift anything from 6 to 10 speeds, will index with all of the usual Shimano shifters.
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Bam! I like your answer and confidence.
Yes, those are the best replies!
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Those are Shimano 105 1055 series. Can shift anything from 6 to 10 speeds, will index with all of the usual Shimano shifters.
except Tiagra 4700, or mtb of 10 or 11 speed.
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except Tiagra 4700, or mtb of 10 or 11 speed.
Of course. Nor DA 740X, or anything 11 speed. As I said, the 'usual' Shimano shifters.
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And by “index with all the usual shifter”, does that put brifters in play? Or index levers only?

Pardon the stupid questions, my first build...
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Those are Shimano 105 1055 series. Can shift anything from 6 to 10 speeds, will index with all of the usual Shimano shifters.
I would humbly suggest 6-9 speed inclusive / 10 & 11, totally different ball game, & the same applies for older 5 speeds.
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And by “index with all the usual shifter”, does that put brifters in play? Or index levers only?

Pardon the stupid questions, my first build...
They'll work with 7-10 brifters from Shimano or Microshift. The front derailleur is for a double. The rear has a max 28t cog and a 28t capacity.
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They'll work with 7-10 brifters from Shimano or Microshift. The front derailleur is for a double. The rear has a max 28t cog and a 28t capacity.
Except the new Tiagra 4700 10 speed brifters.
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