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Old 05-26-10, 08:15 AM
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Klein “Performance” bike and installing an intergrated Brake/shifter component

hey,
i like a bike made in 1991, a Klein "performance" touring model (https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...9012&Type=bike).
it has the bar end shifters now, but i want to install an intergrated Brake/shifter component. is this hard/expensive to do? i am prepared to spend the money needed for nice shimano components, but if it's gonna be a hassle to install or if it would make sense to just get a bike with this type of shifter already, i'd rather spare the trouble.
here are some pics of the bike, if that helps
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Old 05-26-10, 08:26 AM
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Best to keep it 8 speed you'll need 8 speed levers down tube stops cables and your good to go.
Take a look at this bike I upgraded from down-tube shifters its basically the same but you only need shifters and cable stops and the know how to install and setup.
https://www.jtgraphics.net/cannondale_sr500.htm
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Old 05-26-10, 08:43 AM
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Base on your photos you don't have barend shifters, you have down tube shifters and, if I count the cogs correctly, you have a 7-speed cassette. That's going to make the upgrade harder as 7-speed brifters are getting hard to find and are available mainly used with whatever problems that brings. So the best approach would be to upgrade to 9-speed as these are still available and at reasonable cost since 10-speed has made them a bit obsolete.

Also, your frame is probably spaced 126 mm and newer 8/9/10-speed hubs are 130 mm so you will have to force fit a wider hub since your frame is aluminum and can't safely be cold-set to the wider spacing.

So, you will need a new rear wheel, brifters, a new cassette and a new chain.
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yeah sorry, it's not bar end, that was the other option i thought of installing. yeah it is a down tube currently
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how much would these upgrades cost? i would preferably not spend too much to upgrade, otherwise i would just try and trade it in and get a new bike.
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how much would these upgrades cost? i would preferably not spend too much to upgrade, otherwise i would just try and trade it in and get a new bike.
At an absolute minimum, with very careful parts selection and good luck, probably about $300. You could save some by buying used and trusting to luck.
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