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Old 01-23-20, 03:50 PM
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Microshift 7 speed shifters

I thought I would gather the parts to convert my Peugeot from down tube shifters to brifters just to have on hand if I donít get use to the down tubes. I was reading about the Microshift 2x7 road shifters but do not see if they are compatible with my Shimano 105 brakes. Just learning, but read somewhere that some brake levers and brake assemblies were not compatible due to cable pull. Would someone kindly give me some options on STI shifters that would work with my 105 brakes, FD, and RD? Many thanks!
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The Microshift shifters/brifters are 100% compatible with Shinamo caliper brakes. They'll match-up perfectly with your Shimano 105 groupset as they have the same rear derailleur pull ratio and you have short-pull brakes. https://www.microshift.com/en/product/sb-r472/

The only other new 7-speed brifter that I think can be purchased new is from the Shimano Tourney groupset. https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/produ...0/ST-A070.html

If it was my money, I'd go with the Microshift units.

What brifters/STI shifters could be used for a 2 x 7 speed

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I'm using Microshift 3x7 on my Trek 520 (Deore derailleurs) and they work nicely together. They should be compatible with both your brakes and derailleurs.
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Thank you both for your very helpful information, I just ordered the 2x7 Microshift shifters. Thanks again!
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Should be fine. I've used the MicroShift 2x7 integrated brake/shifter setup with Shimano and Dia-Compe brakes, no problems. And no problems with older Shimano front/rear derailleurs: 600 Tricolor, Deore LX, possibly another in my parts box, don't recall at the moment.

I don't have anything to compare them with. These were the first integrated brakes/shifters I've owned. The only other brifters I've tried were Ultegra or 105 on a Tarmac I took for a 15 minute test ride a couple of years ago. It was crisper and smoother, but you get what you pay for. The MicroShift seem to be really good values. I'll probably get another set in 10 speed for another bike I'm putting together.

The only tricky bit was setting up the indexed shifter for the left/front derailleur. It has two clicks per chainring for trimming to minimize chain rub. A barrel or lever adjuster on the downtube cable stop helps tweak it on the fly if a new cable stretches a bit. The older Shimano metal lever adjusters are better but harder to find. I can't quite twist the plastic barrel adjusters that came with the MicroShift setup, at least not while riding. I have to stop and use both hands to get a better grip. But the metal lever adjusters are worth looking for.
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Thank you both for your very helpful information, I just ordered the 2x7 Microshift shifters. Thanks again!
You're most welcome. Let us know what you think of them once you've installed and ridden with them.
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Been using them for about a year and a half now on my bike, between commuting and riding I put on between 150-200 miles per week. They have been flawless. As previously stated, the front derailleur setup is tricky, but once adjusted is good. I have some Nashbar callipers on my setup, it does not seem picky.
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I should try the Microshift units for my son, he is afraid of downtube shifters.
previously has used a version of stem shifters and or thumb shifters.

I need to get him some inline brake levers, previous bike was eventually set up that way, I think the Cane Creek units, bought from a local bike shop now gone.
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I should try the Microshift units for my son, he is afraid of downtube shifters.
previously has used a version of stem shifters and or thumb shifters.
Understandable. I used downtube levers for years in the 1970s-'80s, then took 30 years away from cycling. When I got another road bike with downtube shifters in 2017 it took about a year to get really comfortable with them, to the point I didn't have to consciously think about balance, and could shift quickly without losing momentum on climbs.

But downtube shifters wouldn't be my first choice on fast group rides or races now, unless everyone was similarly equipped/hobbled. Makes a big difference to be able to stand to sprint or climb and still be able to shift without sitting briefly to reach the downtube shifters.

For my solo rides or more relaxed group rides, no problem.

I know several folks with C&V steel frame bikes who've switched to brifters, newer lightweight or higher profile wheels/rims, and mostly modern components. I'm among the few riding a mostly stock period correct bike. I've changed only the saddle, stem and freewheel. But I like the MicroShift brifters on my early 1990s Trek 5900, which was also originally equipped with downtube shifters.

Brifters also offer a more ergonomically friendly grip, especially when standing to pedal. Much more comfortable and a little more secure feeling than the relatively skimpy brake hoods/hooks on typical road bikes with downtube, stem-mounted or bar-end shifters.
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I have a couple of Microshift 7s brifter bikes and am setting up an 8s. I love the lever placement and the dual levers fall under the fingers just right when on the hoods.

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