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Old 07-17-16, 04:58 PM
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Stem/neck(?) shifters

Howdy all,

I have a Trek Millennia I'm slowly building into a drop bar conversion. So naturally I'll be choosing what to use to shift the thing since it came with a version of grip shifters. They work, but they aren't my first choice.

While riding I attempted to reach down as I would to shift down tube selectors. That won't work for me. It isn't what I'm after. And I don't like brifters even though I have a bike with those as well.

So I thought... you have that Bianchi mixte in the shed waiting for your daughter. Take that out for a spin and see if those are the way you remember shifting several bikes back in history. You know what? I like them best.

I have a guy. He owns a bike shop. He runs it himself on banker's hours and doesn't use an answering machine. One of the most peaceful people I've ever known.

He tells me we need to build this bike I have in mind but we're going to do it with time tested equipment because he feels it's simply better. So there will be a mix of parts, and because of the way he looks at things those parts will function the way you'd want them to on the road.

Can a stem shifter be matched to the mtb triple of an old Trek?

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Originally Posted by MNHarv View Post
Howdy all,

Can a stem shifter be matched to the mtb triple of an old Trek?
For friction shifting? No problem. Almost every shifter ever made will have the range to move across three rings up front.

If you want indexed shifting (on the rear), you might have to retrofit downtube-type 8-speed SIS shifters to the base of your stem shifter mount. I'm sure it could be done, but dunno how easily. But in friction mode, most shifters will be able span the range of 8 cogs on the back.
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Originally Posted by MNHarv View Post
Can a stem shifter be matched to the mtb triple of an old Trek?
Transferred the original triple crankset and both derailleurs from my TREK MTB to an old Supercycle road bike and kept the stem mounted friction shifters. Worked like a charm.
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