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Old 10-23-13, 07:13 PM
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Sunrace STR80 Brifters

I want to put brifters on a 1982 Fuji with a 2 X 8 Shimano 105 drivetrain. I've never ridden with this type of shifter on a road bike but I want index shifting and I was never a big fan of downtube shifters. I know this is a completely stupid reason to consider non-Shimano brifters but I just don't care for the appearance of any of the Shimano offerings in my price range which are the Sora and Claris lines and used is NOT an option for this bike. Unless I stumble on a killer buy on NOS 105 2X8 brifters ( HIGHLY unlikely ) I'm considering the Sunrace STR80's as they are closer in appearance to what I'd prefer. To be honest I'm not real fond of the appearance of 105 brifters either, I can't really explain why not, it's just one of those things. It's my understanding that the Sunrace are basically relabeled Microshift items which I know some here have had good experiences with. I haven't been able to find much info on the Sunrace though, are they junk? TIA.
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Old 10-23-13, 09:06 PM
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No. the Micro Shift levers that i have worked with seemed to work well enough. I had a coworker who worked at a shop that sold a brand that speced Micro Shift and he did say that there were issues with new, recently sold bikes but I've not seen that. The manipulation of the levers is a bit different from Shimano, Campy and SRAM. I could see with winter gloves on it might be easy to miss hit the release lever. Last year we did have a repair come through the shop that needed a replacement 8 speed version (broken in an accident) and we were not able to contact the importer or find a supplier (then) to source one. Any complex product that has poor aftermarket distribution or communication is a no no to me. Andy.
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Old 10-24-13, 04:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart View Post
..................... Last year we did have a repair come through the shop that needed a replacement 8 speed version (broken in an accident) and we were not able to contact the importer or find a supplier (then) to source one. Any complex product that has poor aftermarket distribution or communication is a no no to me. Andy.
Never having used the others I guess the "different" aspect is not an issue and this bike will never see cold weather use so that's not a show stopper either but product support or rather, lack thereof, could be an issue. Thanks for the reply, it was very useful input.
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Old 10-24-13, 09:43 AM
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Why not used? You could always do 8 speed bar ends and get indexed shifting too.
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Old 10-24-13, 11:27 AM
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The SunRace brifters are made by microSHIFT. I actually prefer the microSHIFT design (shift paddles separate from brake levers) over Shimano's design.
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Old 10-24-13, 11:59 AM
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Why not used? I have/had 8 different bikes all with used STI shifters and they all worked/work great after I did a cleaning on them.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-Shimano-...item2583bc6cc4

NOS 8sp RSX is also an option to look out for.

I have no feedback on the Sunrace/Microshift stuff. Just putting another option out there.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAMPAGNOLO-V...item338687f147

Don't know if $100 is within your range but you can get these Veloce 10 speed shifters and a shiftmate and be good to go.
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I put MicroShift 8sp brake/Shifters on a buddy's new Jamis 8sp road bike replacing the stock Shimano 2300 shifters.

Total mess of a setup: Vintage Ultegra 600 Arabesque cranks, Modern 10sp 105 rings, Dura Ace 9sp rear der, Stock 2300 front der, 8sp chain, and whatever 8sp cassette was stock with the bike.

Works like a charm. He really, really likes the MS 8sp shifters over the stock Shimano 2300. They have a clankier metallic action to them, but it beats cheap Shimano plasticky action.

If you go through with this, you'll need cable stops which bolt onto the frame where the DT shifters now live. If you're friendly with a bike shop or co-op, there's usually extras of these hanging around free or cheap.
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Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
I put MicroShift 8sp brake/Shifters on a buddy's new Jamis 8sp road bike replacing the stock Shimano 2300 shifters.

Total mess of a setup: Vintage Ultegra 600 Arabesque cranks, Modern 10sp 105 rings, Dura Ace 9sp rear der, Stock 2300 front der, 8sp chain, and whatever 8sp cassette was stock with the bike.

Works like a charm. He really, really likes the MS 8sp shifters over the stock Shimano 2300. They have a clankier metallic action to them, but it beats cheap Shimano plasticky action.

If you go through with this, you'll need cable stops which bolt onto the frame where the DT shifters now live. If you're friendly with a bike shop or co-op, there's usually extras of these hanging around free or cheap.
Yeah, the tactile ("clankier") action is good when you're really tired, or it's cold and you're wearing really thick gloves.

The microSHIFT derailleurs look pretty nice, too.

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Thanks all. I'll probably give the STR80's a try. I don't want used parts because this is not a "used" 1982 FUJI, I'm starting with a NOS frameset still in the factory packaging. I'm doing a "restomod" mixing and matching vintage and newer components but I'm trying to select newer stuff that still has somewhat of a vintage look or finish. I'm using chrome and polished aluminum with black accents wherever possible. The gray finish on the newer Shimano stuff just doesn't fit into my plan. I want to keep an overall vintage appearance with modern conveniences and a few personal touches and I want to start out with everything new or NOS. I have to admit that Campy set is tempting though! Oh yeah, I have NOS SunTour cable stops!

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Originally Posted by Murray Missile View Post
I'm using chrome and polished aluminum with black accents wherever possible. The gray finish on the newer Shimano stuff just doesn't fit into my plan.
If you're prepared to go to 9s (which shifts nicer, although it's slightly more finnicky than 8s), you can find new Tiagra brifters for around $100. There's a pair on my gf's bike, and they feel really solid and positive; much nicer than my older Ultegra 9s brifters.

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Originally Posted by Murray Missile View Post
Thanks all. I'll probably give the STR80's a try. I don't want used parts because this is not a "used" 1982 FUJI, I'm starting with a NOS frameset still in the factory packaging. I'm doing a "restomod" mixing and matching vintage and newer components but I'm trying to select newer stuff that still has somewhat of a vintage look or finish. I'm using chrome and polished aluminum with black accents wherever possible. The gray finish on the newer Shimano stuff just doesn't fit into my plan. I want to keep an overall vintage appearance with modern conveniences and a few personal touches and I want to start out with everything new or NOS. I have to admit that Campy set is tempting though! Oh yeah, I have NOS SunTour cable stops!

Neat! Now I understand why you don't want to do used.
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Neat! Now I understand why you don't want to do used.
Thanks, every build I've ever done up until now has started with a used frame and incorporated at least some used parts. I know it's not a high end frameset but I like it, it's a good color and it's my size. It will incorporate influences from several of my bikes over the years but primarily my 1971 Raleigh Grand Prix I got new for my 16th birthday in 1971 and my 1982 FUJI Supreme. The only thing better for me would have been to find a NOS red 1971 Grand Prix with a 25.5" frame.
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microSHIFT's Centos 10s levers:



If you look around, you can get the whole group (shifters, f/r derailleurs) for under $200.
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