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Is there an indicator option for shimano 11 speed road triggers?

Old 04-02-21, 01:06 PM
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Is there an indicator option for shimano 11 speed road triggers?

Is there an indicator option for shimano 11 speed road triggers?

I searched the current product line and don't see any except for mtb triggers, but those have different cable pull and would need a shiftmate 8/8a adapter.
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Old 04-02-21, 06:29 PM
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I looked for a mechanical one without success.
I finally went DI2 and when combined with the DFLY (Bluetooth) I can get current Gear on my Wahoo Roam computer.

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No, they've fallen out of fashion (I personally don't like them either) and haven't been available past 10 speed. As mentioned, you have options with Di2.
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Old 04-03-21, 04:59 AM
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I use indicators with stickers on specific gears because I mix cogs for custom steppings and need to switch at certain gears to avoid large steps and chain rub. Electronic shifting is too expensive and requires charging.​​​​​
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Old 04-03-21, 09:40 AM
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Inline gear indicators are pretty simple. The cable passes through the red indicator and just moves along inside the housing as the amount of cable is pulled or released.

If you ride the flats, they don’t add much since no one cares what gear they are riding in.

But if you ride in varying terrain, lots of ups and downs, they can be helpful; particularly in steeper transitions. More useful on rubber leg days than when I’m feeling it.

As others have said, I believe the last were available for 9 speed, but it doesn’t matter it is all about cable pull and your 11 speed road pulls too much cable.

But there is no magic to this. You could make your own indicator. All you need is a bare section of cable that you can see while riding and that you can line up with a point on the frame. Whether you slide something onto the cable, paint mark it or ???, it just gives you an idea where you are. Just like downtube shifters not having any number indicators, it is just the position on the lever.

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Shift your rear to the biggest cog. Put a blob of nail polish on the bare cable running along the down tube. (do I need to say the cable for the rear DR?) Then put a blob on the downtube next to it. Shift to the next higher gear (smaller cog) and put another mark on the downtube next to the mark on the cable. Rinse and repeat.

Otherwise, do like most of us and just shift to the gear you feel like you can pedal without tiring for the current terrain you are in. At least I think that is what most of us do. Maybe just me.
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Old 04-03-21, 12:29 PM
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I ride folding bikes and they use full length cable housing so a homemade indicator on exposed cable will not work.

I can't just freely use the entire range and feel the gear. I need to prevent wear because of cross chaining, with 20t jump between double chainrings, and big steps in the lower 3 cogs. When I reach 7th gear on the inner I must shift to the outer chaining next to prevent chain rub because of the big jump between the chainrings. I can't hear it and sometimes the chain will catch on the ramps. Also since I exceed the chain wrap capacity by 3t, the pulley starts to contact on inner 8th due to the cable slack. I also can't hear it until it goes to 9th. The 1st to 2nd and 3rd cogs have 24% and 16% step while the others are a average of 9-13%. I can feel this difference but having an indicator means I can just look and switch to the correct chainring immediately. I move up 5 cogs from 2nd when shifting between the inner and outer. This allows me to have 519% gear range with fairly close stepping on double chainrings. But requires careful setup and chain rub prevention by specific shifting.

At the moment I have 10 speed cassette with indicators and a quick look at them allow me to shift without errors and no chain rub. but I'm thinking of building a new bike with 11 speed cassette. I think I'll have to use shimano mtb triggers since they have optional indicators. But the GS mtb cages only have 39t wrap. The grx GS cage has 41t wrap which is what I want but it has a road cable pull. Mixing will need the tanpan or shiftmate adapter.
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When you find yourself in that cross chained situation, if you aren't going to be in that gear combo but a few minutes, don't worry about it. You aren't going to materially shorten your chain life or mess something up. If you are going to need that or about that ratio gear for a time, then you'll now know how many up and down on each lever you need to go.
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Depending on how enterprising you are, you might be able to use a short piece of clear polycarbonate tubing and cable stops on each end. Maybe V-brake noodle stops. I have seen 4mm ID and 6mm OD on Amazon.

A cable adjuster on one end would allow you to fine tune the location of the mark.

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I have a micronew shifter on my 1x10 setup. I have bad knees and picked up a ztto 1x10 groupset to try it out, it came with the micronew optical shifter. I installed it in March and it works, for how long? I only ride 3 miles 4 times a week much more and the knees set me back for a week. Micronew also has an optical 11 speed unit. Not many $ if you want to try one.
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