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1973 Fuji The Finest Shifters

Old 06-10-18, 07:24 PM
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1973 Fuji The Finest Shifters

I have a 73 Fuji Finest that the previous owner mounted the plastic Simplex shifters on. I'd like to replace them with the Suntour friction shifter they were specced with. Can someone help out with a closeup picture of the shifter I should be looking for? The shifters were Suntour PDL-S Power Shifter according to the catalog. Thanks for any help.
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Thanks for the link. When I searched for Suntour PDL-S nothing popped up, but I didn't put in Power Shifters.
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Interesting. I never studied the catalogs, and when I acquired my 1972 about 10 years back, it had SunTour bar-end shifters which I presumed were original.

I think that just about any SunTour friction shifters would provide indistinguishably comparable performance. If you're concerned about originality and the effect it would have on resale, my experience is that it is a negligible (when replaced by a plausible period upgrade/change) consideration to 99.9% of potential buyers. Use what works for you, and enjoy it.

(btw - that's a very fair price for those in the link c400 provided)
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The Simplex shifters work fine, but the bike is in good enough condition that I'm kind of torn between working to return it to original and just leaving it as it is. I need the brake levers and handlebars and wheels also. And since there are a lot of people on here that are extremely knowledgeable I figured it was a good spot to ask.

I don't know my way around the 70's vintage world but I would like to do a period correct restoration/ mild upgrade as funds permitted.

I thought it was a great price for NOS shifters, but I can't imagine they are in super high demand like some of the other vintage stuff.
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The Simplex shifters work fine, but the bike is in good enough condition that I'm kind of torn between working to return it to original and just leaving it as it is. I need the brake levers and handlebars and wheels also. And since there are a lot of people on here that are extremely knowledgeable I figured it was a good spot to ask.

I don't know my way around the 70's vintage world but I would like to do a period correct restoration/ mild upgrade as funds permitted.

I thought it was a great price for NOS shifters, but I can't imagine they are in super high demand like some of the other vintage stuff.
Definitely not in high demand.

Wasn't sure what your motivation for desiring original was. Some folks are like you and that's just how they want it. Some others think that it will make a big difference if/when they choose to sell it. Just wanted you to not be doing it for the latter reason - only to be disappointed later. Goodness knows I've had several projects that far more went into than I could ever hope to get back out, but those were done to suit me.
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After seeing what you said up about plausible upgrades I will say I did like the looks of the Suntour Cylone shifters better. Decisions decisions.
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After seeing what you said up about plausible upgrades I will say I did like the looks of the Suntour Cylone shifters better. Decisions decisions.
I ended up, almost by accident, with two 1972 Fuji Finest bikes in my size; one was completely original, the other had some changes made. The vintage fuji catalogs are pretty good but they don't give a lot of detail on the shifters. The original shifters in '72 and '73 are suntour mighty shifters which were the precursor to the power ratchet shifters found in post 2 (these are also called might shifters). Frankly I wouldn't care and I'd use the shifters in post 2 in a heart beat. I think the only real difference is that the "original" mighty shifters, which are ratcheting as well, have a little plastic wingnut to tighten the tension.

https://classicfuji.com/1973_03_Finest_Page.htm

Although I love cyclone derailleurs and plan to use them on my 1972 Fuji (no they're not original but they're pretty and work great), I'd use the suntour ratcheting shifters (gen 1 or gen 2) over the cyclone because they're better.

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Old 06-11-18, 12:24 PM
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The local co-op is having a sale this weekend and I'm going to go poke around and see what I can find.
I had a Nishiki Olympic 12 for a while (didn't really fit me) that had the downtube shifters with the auto trim function which I thought was cool. ​
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And if you buy/use the ones with the spring steel ratchet/pall.... find extras and buy them. Ive always been a bit of a fanatic clean/lube and not abuse. I had two Finests one 72 and a 73 still have the 73. (Bought both in 1973) Ive had 6 break in total from 1973 thru the mid 1980s. Your mileage may vary...

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I like Simplex shifters (and derailers). Good to have so many choices though!!!

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