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Any experience with MicroShif brifters and in 7-speed?

Old 05-25-16, 05:54 AM
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Any experience with MicroShif brifters and in 7-speed?

I am planning on going STI for my '87 Trek. I was originally looking at a much larger round of mods for this bike (it is fairly new to me), but now that I have some miles on it, I am thinking I could scale back my plans.

But I really want STI on there before RAGBRAI, so to that end:

If I go to a 7 speed freewheel, over the current 6, keep the same gear range (cuz that's about all that is available), and keep the Deore MT-60 (I think) and triple, then convert over to these 3x7-speed brifters from MicroShift, change-o presto, I have STI.

Right?

Seems too easy, am I missing something? I have zero experience with these shifters. Thoughts?

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I'm using MicroSHIFT 10 speed STI's. I really like the way they work, better than the Shimano I had (2nd bike, 2nd set of STI's I've used). I like the 3 lever design; a brake lever, an upshift lever and a downshift lever. The mechanism seems to be very industrial strength but with that it's not refined. Shifting clicks are loud and positioning is positive but I don't have mis-shifts or other problems. The only thing I don't like about mine and the only thing that makes me want to replace them is that the cables are side exiting, I like the slick look of rear exiting cables. But I keep using the MicroSHIFT due to they work so good.
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They're great. Used a set to upgrade a customer's Paramount Series bike last year. Worked flawlessly, fit fine, look very modern. Customer loves 'em.
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Originally Posted by Knet View Post
I am planning on going STI for my '87 Trek. I was originally looking at a much larger round of mods for this bike (it is fairly new to me), but now that I have some miles on it, I am thinking I could scale back my plans.

But I really want STI on there before RAGBRAI, so to that end:

If I go to a 7 speed freewheel, over the current 6, keep the same gear range (cuz that's about all that is available), and keep the Deore MT-60 (I think) and triple, then convert over to these 3x7-speed brifters from MicroShift, change-o presto, I have STI.

Right?

Seems too easy, am I missing something? I have zero experience with these shifters. Thoughts?
Hey, another Cedar Rapids guy!

I have an extremely low-miles 7-speed 14-28T freewheel in the box if you want it for your project.
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I can't PM yet it seems, the 7-speed 14-28T freewheel in the box sound like just what I would need, coould you PM me a price?
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I can't PM yet it seems, the 7-speed 14-28T freewheel in the box sound like just what I would need, coould you PM me a price?
How about free, and we could meet somewhere to hand it off? Do you ride with any of the local clubs (Rhinos/Road Hogs, Subtle Savages, Wasp, WNBC, HBA, etc)?
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They're a great product for the money! Have installed many on customer bikes and everyone's been satisfied. Like was mentioned earlier, pretty loud, very defined clicks. I believe the 7 speed uses the thumb click though like tourney/sora shimano or campy stuff, not the three lever design. I prefer that personally though.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
How about free, and we could meet somewhere to hand it off? Do you ride with any of the local clubs (Rhinos/Road Hogs, Subtle Savages, Wasp, WNBC, HBA, etc)?
Works for me. No I don't ride with any of the groups around town, I just sorta wander about, usually ending up at Sag Wagon or Broken Spoke or some such. Just trying to get ready for TOMRV. Sounds from the response that this would be a viable way to go for a couple season, until the big 700C/ 10 speed conversion happens. If it does.
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Works for me. No I don't ride with any of the groups around town, I just sorta wander about, usually ending up at Sag Wagon or Broken Spoke or some such. Just trying to get ready for TOMRV. Sounds from the response that this would be a viable way to go for a couple season, until the big 700C/ 10 speed conversion happens. If it does.
TOMRV is a nice scenic ride -- are you doing the long route or the short one?

Have you been to the Kickstand yet? The bottom-fill taps are a gimmick, but I'm easily amused.
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I'm another big fan of microShift. I have the 9 speed model sold by Nashbar, which can often be purchased for under $100.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
TOMRV is a nice scenic ride -- are you doing the long route or the short one?

Have you been to the Kickstand yet? The bottom-fill taps are a gimmick, but I'm easily amused.
Planning to do the long route, but way behind on training miles this spring. See how this weekend goes, may opt for the shorter route on ride day.

Ya, Ihave managed to find my way into Kickstand a few times, they have a great location there. Wouldn't be at all surprised if I made it in there once or twice this w/e.
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I have Microshift 9 speed MTB trigger shifters and they work perfectly, impressive.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
TOMRV is a nice scenic ride -- are you doing the long route or the short one?

Have you been to the Kickstand yet? The bottom-fill taps are a gimmick, but I'm easily amused.
I'll jump in on the CR thread.

Personally, I stay away from the Kickstand because their bottom-fill taps means then only have 4 beers on tap, mostly big-name commercial stuff. No desire to go there.
I drink at Lion Bridge Brewing across the river, but then my girlfriend works there so it's not just the excellent beer (and food) that draws me.

TOMRV is a great ride. The hills are brutal, but the scenery is great, and the support from QCBC is excellent, especially the buffet at Clarke at the end of Saturday.
My only complaint is that the main QCBC crowd is very "roadie", and they get going fast and early. It means that if you ride like a tourist, you may be getting to the SAG stops right as they're trying to close up. If you're a slow rider, get an early start.

+1 for just wandering around. I haven't found a bike club in CR that isn't more about drinking than cycling, but then they're RAGBRAI clubs and that's what RAGBRAI seems to be about for many folks. Plus, those clubs seem to spend all their time on pavement and they don't wander around the excellent gravel, trails, and B-roads in the area.
The only club I ride with regularly is a gravel riding group in Mt Vernon on Wednesday nights.
My favorite in-town loop is the Interurban cut (Indian Rd SE through Bever park) to the Sac & Fox trail. It's a ~12 mile loop in town but off pavement.

Also, from my experience Microshift stuff is a good value for the money.
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Great post, Tim. Not sure how I failed to mention Lion Bridge! Those pork nachos...
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Jeez, how many CR folk we got in here? Lions Bridge I need to check out more, I rarely head into Czech village, I need to broaden my horizons.

But back to the task at hand....

The LBS trued up my old wheels and confirmed that they are viable upgrade candidates (no impending age related doom spotted), so this mod is on. 3x7 MicroShift brifters are ordered and on their way.
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Jeez, how many CR folk we got in here? Lions Bridge I need to check out more, I rarely head into Czech village, I need to broaden my horizons.

But back to the task at hand....

The LBS trued up my old wheels and confirmed that they are viable upgrade candidates (no impending age related doom spotted), so this mod is on. 3x7 MicroShift brifters are ordered and on their way.
Cool, just PMed you my phone number. Want to meet up somewhere this weekend and I could hand off the freewheel?


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