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Old 07-21-20, 01:20 PM
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Modolo Morphos brifters - experiences and thoughts?

Hi folks - opinions / experiences with Modolo Morphos brifters? I have a NOS set I picked up years ago and never used, cables and all, model V10C-07K. They are supposed to work with Campy or Shimano 7,8, or 9speed, selectable with a switch in the shifter mechanism. Back story is I'm building up a Cannondale frame (3.0 with the cantilevered dropouts) for my wife. 7 speed, Shimano setup. Rear dropouts are 126, so can't really do more than 7sp because I don't want to cold set aluminum even a little bit. She doesn't think she wants downtube shifters. So with drop bars, I'm looking at bar ends or brifters, which are scarce and not cheap at this point it seems. I don't think she will like bar ends any more than downtube shifters. So I'm thinking I'll give the Modolos a try though they have gotten mixed reviews from what I've seen. Seems to depend on what version / revision, so I included the model and the pic. If these don't work out, I'm thinking maybe just go with a straight bar with trigger shifters or grip shifts (what she's used to but seems wrong to go with a mountain setup on this frame ... Thanks for any suggestions / input.
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If the Modolos don't work out there is an alternative to downtube or barend shifters. Gevenalle sells dropbar brake levers fitted with adapters that accept downtube or barend shift levers but position them right on the levers. You would have to find used or NOS 7-speed levers but they should be cheap and relatively easy to obtain.

If you go to the Gevenalle web site you will want the "Audex" levers since they come without shift levers and you provide your own.

Another thought is even though the frame is spaced 126 mm and you don't want to cold set it, a 130 mm hub can be used with only a little force-fit. It's done all the time and opens up the whole world of 8-speed+ drivetrains.
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https://www.jensonusa.com/Microshift...ed-Road-Levers

https://www.modolo.it/products/compo...morphos-lever/

https://www.modolo.it/download/
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
If the Modolos don't work out there is an alternative to downtube or barend shifters. Gevenalle sells dropbar brake levers fitted with adapters that accept downtube or barend shift levers but position them right on the levers. You would have to find used or NOS 7-speed levers but they should be cheap and relatively easy to obtain.

If you go to the Gevenalle web site you will want the "Audex" levers since they come without shift levers and you provide your own.

Another thought is even though the frame is spaced 126 mm and you don't want to cold set it, a 130 mm hub can be used with only a little force-fit. It's done all the time and opens up the whole world of 8-speed+ drivetrains.
Thanks for the reference to the Gevenalle site - no idea those existed. I've read about force fitting with no real penalty, just wonder what the long term if only minute stresses would be - probably negligible. Was also thinking of possibly grinding down the end nuts on the hub a mm or so on each side, but I guess that might cause chain interference - the spread was increased for a reason.
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Old 07-21-20, 02:33 PM
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As far as the Morphos go, I bought a set (no idea what model they were) and tried to get them to work with a Campy 8 speed. I could never get them to shift well enough for my liking. I sold them on eBay years ago.
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I had a set of the Modolo Morphos shift levers about 10 years ago, but couldn't get them to work reliably. The shift action was super stiff too if I remember correctly.

On the other hand I have a set of the Gevenalle Audax shifters. They are excellent! Reaching the shift lever could be slightly tough for somebody with small hands but otherwise I think they have zero downsides...
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Originally Posted by gearbasher View Post
As far as the Morphos go, I bought a set (no idea what model they were) and tried to get them to work with a Campy 8 speed. I could never get them to shift well enough for my liking. I sold them on eBay years ago.
Thinking of doing the same.
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Originally Posted by xg5a View Post
I had a set of the Modolo Morphos shift levers about 10 years ago, but couldn't get them to work reliably. The shift action was super stiff too if I remember correctly.

On the other hand I have a set of the Gevenalle Audax shifters. They are excellent! Reaching the shift lever could be slightly tough for somebody with small hands but otherwise I think they have zero downsides...
She does have small hands, so that could be an issue. I may just go to an interrupter setup with trigger shifters.
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Interesting shifters! FWIW, as others have pointed out, 130 wheels are a non issue on old Cannondales. It's been done by myself and many others w/o drama. Check out posts by rccardr in C&V. He's probably done more nice C'dale rehabs than anyone on the planet.
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If those don't work I'd probably get 7 speed Microshift brake/shifters. Also, while theoretically slightly off (by 1.8mm in total) in practice my experience is that 8 speed Shimano shifters (Claris, etc) will index well on 7 speed Shimano drivetrains, with one shift going unused.

No experience on those Modolos but they're cool enough that I'd work really hard to make it work.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
If the Modolos don't work out there is an alternative to downtube or barend shifters. Gevenalle sells dropbar brake levers fitted with adapters that accept downtube or barend shift levers but position them right on the levers. You would have to find used or NOS 7-speed levers but they should be cheap and relatively easy to obtain.

If you go to the Gevenalle web site you will want the "Audex" levers since they come without shift levers and you provide your own.

Another thought is even though the frame is spaced 126 mm and you don't want to cold set it, a 130 mm hub can be used with only a little force-fit. It's done all the time and opens up the whole world of 8-speed+ drivetrains.
Friction shifters will also work fine with the Gevenalle levers..
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My Cannondale Criterium actually measured 128 even though it had a 6sp 126 wheel. The reason I was told on the C&V forum is that they were building the same frame for both 6sp and the new 7sp systems. I haven't tried yet, but I have a 10sp rear wheel I was going to use. Also, there is one version of 7sp, the Shimano 105 FH 1055, that is 126 spacing. But knowing that a 130 rear hub would fit would lead me to those instead as it opens up all of the options. I've used 130 wheels on a 126 steel frame without any problems whatsoever FWIW.

And back to those brifters, good luck finding any hoods or parts for those things. I have a pair of Modolo Kronos levers and you just cant find a hood for them. I think I put on a pair of Campy 8 or 9sp hoods that sorta/kinda fit. They were too uncomfortable to use with electrical tape over padded bar tape.

On the C'Dale I put short reach Tektro RL341 levers, not brifters, and also cross levers Tektro RL720, and Centaur calipers. This is set up for my daughter, who isn't a serious rider and likes to ride on the tops. She is coming off a flat bar hybrid and is used to good braking, and in mostly flat NYC you don't need the gears much but they are there when you do. I kept the old Suntour downtube shifters and derailleur. It is supposed to be indexed but I never could get it to work. This bike was bought new by my then girlfriend and now wife so she could ride with me in the late 80s. It has hardly been used all these years.

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