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Downtube shifters on a frame that came with STI?

Old 04-30-12, 09:11 PM
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Downtube shifters on a frame that came with STI?

I am looking at a replacement frame for my 80s steel road bike. The only thing I am worried about are the shifters. It is a KHS Fllite 300 that came with Shimano Sora STI, and it has some brazeons for cable stops it seems. Does anyone know if they might accept Shimano Exage downtube shifters? Any advice is appreciated.
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The braze-ons that accomodate cable stops similar to these ones will also accept your downtube shifters too, go for it.
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Originally Posted by jfsaxophone
I am looking at a replacement frame for my 80s steel road bike. The only thing I am worried about are the shifters. It is a KHS Fllite 300 that came with Shimano Sora STI, and it has some brazeons for cable stops it seems. Does anyone know if they might accept Shimano Exage downtube shifters? Any advice is appreciated.
Depends if the braze-ons are the square threaded type with the cable stops (in mechBgon's post) attached or if they are simply cable stops brazed to the frame. The former, you just remove the cable stop and screw on the shifter.

The latter, you cannot do anything with and so the frame will only accept clamp-on shifters. These are common on newer bikes, due to STI.
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If the frame doesn't have the square type, you could also consider a Surly Pacer frameset. They'll take downtube shifters.
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They are the type that mechBgone linked to, so it looks like a winner. I would love a Surly frameset, but there is a reason I am looking at forgettable 90s frames, unfortunately. Thank you for your help, it is appreciated!
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