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Microshift vs Sunrace indexed thumb shifters

Old 04-23-19, 06:00 PM
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Microshift vs Sunrace indexed thumb shifters

I'm new to "modern" thumb shifters such as these. My dad bought a Surly Pugsley and didn't like the Microshift thumbies, so he gave them to me and I'm using them on one of my bikes. I removed 3x9 ST-M3000 triggers and am using the Microshift shifters with friction on the left/front and indexed 9 speed on the right/rear. I like this setup so much, I'm considering buying another set for my other 9 speed bike.

For a basic shifter, though certainly high quality indeed, I find the Microshift ones to be pretty dear in terms of price (around 80 bucks for a pair). The Sunrace SLM96 shifters (all metal bodies) look to be about a third to half of that price for the pair. Not having used "modern" thumb shifters before, I'm not sure if the Microshift ones work twice as well as the Sunrace ones, or if both work about the same in practice. Unlike the Sunrace shifters, the Microshift ones are convertible between friction and indexed mode; this is a moot point for me -- I use them in indexed mode only. If that functionality explains the extra cost for the Microshift over the Sunrace, then the Sunrace ones would probably work well for me.

I appreciate all input, especially from those who have used both and can compare function, fit and finish, etc. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-23-19, 07:59 PM
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Microshift has come up in the world. Chances are very good that if there is a 100% price difference between the Micro-shift and Sunrace thumbies it is not simply because the Microshift has friction mode as an option. Obviously this does not mean that the Sunrace shifters are beneath contempt. Microshift once occupied that market niche. Not everyone has $80 to drop on a set of thumbies. You are in a perfect position to do a direct A/B comparison and give us a report. Good luck.

P.S. I would not have removed triggers to put on thumbies for any reason. I might (and have) remove grip shifters and replace them with ultra-cheap friction thumbies but that's me.
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On my kids bike, it used to have Sunrace 3x7 indexed shifters. They were similar to Shimanos "Rapid Fire" shifters.

Later on, as part of an overhaul/rebuild, I built a Shimano Nexus 7 speed IGH rear wheel & picked up a matching Microshift Nexus 7 speed shifter.

The old Sunrace 3x7 (M50) shifters & the new Microshift Nexus 7 shifter appear to be a matched set. Aside from the silk screened name, the difference, if there is one is indistinguishable.

His bike now has a standard 52/36 crankset paired to the Nexus 7 speed IGH. Thats 14 evenly spaced speeds & no duplicates. I wish I could've planned it, but sometimes you get lucky.

FWIW: If it walks like a duck & quacks like a duck...
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I "sort of assumed" they were the same company, since the products look so similar. Both seem pretty well-made from what I have seen. I actually bought some Sun Race shifters thinking they were Microshift, if you can believe that.

FWIW, Shimano seems to have given up on thumb shifters for now, other than these which I bought, installed, tried out, and thought they were so awful they went straight into the trash.


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Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
P.S. I would not have removed triggers to put on thumbies for any reason. I might (and have) remove grip shifters and replace them with ultra-cheap friction thumbies but that's me.
They are more ergonomic for me. I shift a lot, and find that the same repetitive thumb/finger motion on a standard trigger shifter creates fatigue. Thumb shifters allow me to shift using a variety of motions, whatever may be most comfortable at the time. Ergonomics is a game measured in fractions of units of measurement (inches, degrees, etc), and small differences may mean a lot to someone (and nothing to someone else).

The Microshift ones also feel very nice to use. There's a solid metallic "snick" to each stop of the shifter. My triggers sounded louder and less precise. Especially the front, where you'd get that loud clunk with a downshift of the front derailleur. The smooth motion of the thumb shifters is pretty satisfying to me. Totally subjective, for sure.



If I try a set of the Sunrace ones, I'll be sure to post back here with observations.
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I had a right SLM96 on a 90's MTB I converted from 7 to 9 speed. I didn't put a ton of miles on it but it performed well. I'd certainly do it again.
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