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Old 12-01-16, 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by cbrstar
Do you guys think friction shifting would work with all the gears they have these days, or would it be completely annoying?

Personally I dislike having too many gears lol. Only because I can't make my mind up which I like best, and being a BMX'er I learned to adapt to the bike and not the other way around. Also it's pretty flat where I live.

How often do people change gears with 27 speeds?

If you want to use friction shifters with 8 or more cogs in the back, you might want to try some Silver brand or Gran Compe ENE downtube shifters. They have a bigger drum on the right shifter, so they pull more cable. The Silvers (and I think the GC's too, although I have never used them) use a micro-ratchet mechanism similar to the old Suntour Sprints.

I've got my Trek 620 set up with Silver shifters, a modern derailleur, and an 8-speed Shimano cassette. Most pleasant friction shifting I've ever experienced.

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That sounds awesome SuperLJ

One thing I would like to point out. My Brother gave me an inexpensive Mountain bike which is the first set of quick shifters I've had since the early 90's.

Riding to work everyday in the fall during dramatic weather changes. Every time the weather dropped 5 degree's Celsius the bike started shifting roughly. When it dropped 10 degree's it almost didn't shift at all. And I know it was the weather because there was a couple days of warm weather and the problem disappeared.

So that's one area Friction does one up indexed, as it still works in extreme weather conditions.

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Those silver shifters are beautiful ....
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