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Old 12-08-18, 01:58 PM
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Identify this bar-end shifter



It is a low end copy of a Suntour barcon I think. The finish is, well - not finished. It has no ratcheting action, but it seems to work well as a basic friction shifter. The manufacturer was so proud of it that it declined to stamp it with a logo. Any guesses?
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Could be Simplex. Most of their bar ends did have branding cast into the body, bit they did make a retrofriction version without the brand name on it. They had branding too on the rubber covers on the levers that might have already perished and fell off on your shifter. You posted a bottom view of the shifter, but can you post a pic of the top of the shifter too to give us more clues?
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Is it pure friction?
Unfortunately, it probably had a plastic/rubber covering, with the ID info.

What does the end look like?

bulgier.net - /pics/bike/Simplex/



I think this is Simplex for both photos, maybe.

Looks like @Chombi1 beat me to it.
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Old 12-09-18, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
Could be Simplex. Most of their bar ends did have branding cast into the body, bit they did make a retrofriction version without the brand name on it. They had branding too on the rubber covers on the levers that might have already perished and fell off on your shifter. You posted a bottom view of the shifter, but can you post a pic of the top of the shifter too to give us more clues?
Top of shifter.
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Yup, that looks like a Simplex bar end shifter. The "regular" friction version, not the retrofriction version that would have had small slots for the spring clutch visible on the pivot body. I'm surprised though, that it does not have the cast in Simplex brand logo on it at the top of the shifter body. Like I always see for this version of the shifter....
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I have a single mate to it, if you want to make a pair.
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I have a single mate to it, if you want to make a pair.
I would love to have it. I have a really beat Gitane Hosteller that could use bar-end shifters. PM me with what you would like in return.
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It looks like the plastic or rubber covers were likely formed directly onto the aluminum levers.

Thus, the most important part was the ribs that would have provided traction to keep them from slipping. Simplex probably decided that a logo wasn't necessary.

I have a goal to eventually start making rubber hoods and parts. One could probably easily form those cast parts, but one would need to have the actual levers, meaning 2-way shipping.
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Uhmmm...... Plastidip should work to cover up those lever ends with something resilient. Not as soft as the rubber covers that they originally used, but much better than just the bare metal it now has...
You can do multiple dips to thicken the covers, plus you can buy all sorts of colors. Also easy to remove and redo if they wear out or tear on you.....
Anyway, plastidip was originally meant for covering tool handles, so I see the material as very appropriate for this...
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I have some black Plastidip so that will be job #1 .
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@Chombi1, Plastidip might work. I have a can of it that I was going to try, but the instructions indicated that it could well dry out after the first use, so I might need to do everything that needed done at once.

However, if one built a casting mold, then one could cast plastic or rubber directly onto the handles, hopefully at a cost not much more than the plastidip container. And, one would be able to cast the original <SIMPLEX> logo into the part, provided one had an adequate pattern.

If one chooses a soft enough material, it might stretch enough to allow stretching it over, and thus only needing one-way shipping.
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