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Old 10-05-13, 11:41 PM
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Current 9 speed brifter options?

Hey guys, besides resorting to hunting for used or paying premium for oh so rare NOS, what are some current/ readily available brifters that can be paired with 9 speed shimano ala DA 7700/ ultegra 6700? No preference to make or model.
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https://productinfo.shimano.com/spec-...g/ROAD/ST-3500
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Looks like the only thing available now is Sora shifters. That sucks... I replaced my Tiagra shifters a year ago though with new Tiagra 9 speed shifters, but I can't seem to find them available anymore. When these go it looks like I'll be in the same boat as you.
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Here's a Tiagra: https://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/cntry...em126001.html?
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Well for this your stuck with Ultegrra which you can say sucks.
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Microshift are Shimano compatible and work very well. They still make 9 speed and can be found on ebay for about $130. Performance bike sells them as their Forte house brand shifters. I have been using their 10 speed shifters and derailleurs for 2 years and have been very happy with them.

https://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400194__400194
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The new 3500 Sora group is based on 9-speed Tiagra, so you should not judge it based on previous experiences with Sora. The thumb levers are gone and it feels solid and precise. I just built up a bike with the triple levers, and a mix of Sora, Tiagra, and SLX for the rest of the drivetrain. I can't say how durable they will be over time, but out of the box they feel and work great. In fact if you blindfolded me, I don't think I'd be able to tell them apart from the Ultegra 6600 levers on one of my other bikes.

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Saw the new 9 speed sora recently. No thumb shifters and it shifts nicely. paired with your existing derailler it should work fine.
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Hmm I just realized I should've put 6500 instead of 6700. But it seems you guys got the gist

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These are what spurred me to ask this.
I worked on a friend's bikesdirect bike with those, he managed to break the FD return spring in under 100 miles. At first I thought it was a 10 speed until I saw the cassette and checked the spec sheet. In what seemed to be a long shot, I scavenged a beat up 7700 FD in my parts bin from ages ago and it worked without a hitch.
The similarity of the brifter to 6500 ultegra had tingled my bicycle senses. It's really interesting to see how shimano trickles innovations down its line up over time; it's all a matter of time GMC denali's get them.
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