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Old 05-07-20, 07:22 AM
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Retroshift friction?

Has anyone tried the friction version of the Retroshift?
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Old 05-08-20, 05:01 AM
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Simplex Retrofriction?
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Old 05-08-20, 05:59 AM
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They rebranded as Gevenalle. I have them on my Trek 614 and really enjoy them.
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Has anyone tried the friction version of the Retroshift?
I have the "Audax" variant of Gevenalle. They accept any braze on shift lever either friction or index.
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Thanks for the feedback. It gives me a clear path for my Bianchi roadbike. I know the victory series isn't highly regarded but it seems to work well and there isn't even a scratch on it or the crankset. It's time for me to sail my old wooden boat to Maine and get my "daily driver" bikes going. I got some 28mm paselas for it which might be too wide for the Mavic module e2 rims. I'd seen a post that the rim thickness was 2mm and thought that meant they were 15mm inside width. The Gevenalle shifters cost more than I paid for the bike but it is my favorite of my bikes. It's like shoes that fit; but relaxed ride it is not.
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Thanks for the feedback. It gives me a clear path for my Bianchi roadbike. I know the victory series isn't highly regarded but it seems to work well and there isn't even a scratch on it or the crankset. It's time for me to sail my old wooden boat to Maine and get my "daily driver" bikes going. I got some 28mm paselas for it which might be too wide for the Mavic module e2 rims. I'd seen a post that the rim thickness was 2mm and thought that meant they were 15mm inside width. The Gevenalle shifters cost more than I paid for the bike but it is my favorite of my bikes. It's like shoes that fit; but relaxed ride it is not.
If you have victory downtubes, you can do the version without shift levers and safe a bit of coin.
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I’m currently using Suntour Sprint levers. My only complaint is the lever bodies aren’t the most comfortable for my hands.



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By lever bodies not being comfortable, is it the hoods of the brake levers not comfortable or the position of the shift levers?
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Can you use Simplex Retrofriction shifters as Retroshift friction shifters?
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Originally Posted by whitemist View Post
By lever bodies not being comfortable, is it the hoods of the brake levers not comfortable or the position of the shift levers?
I mean I not trying say they are uncomfortable. Just slightly blocky under the hoods. Probably amplified by not having the biggest hands.

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Can you use Simplex Retrofriction shifters as Retroshift friction shifters?
They should work!

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Originally Posted by natterberry View Post
I mean I not trying say they are uncomfortable. Just slightly blocky under the hoods. Probably amplified by not having the biggest hands.



They should!
This was my arrangement, back before MTBs. I had found that I *never* used the drops - why carry them around?:


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That is fantastic.
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Can you use Simplex Retrofriction shifters as Retroshift friction shifters?
a "double retro" is self-canceling (just like a double-negative = positive), so you'd have either "antero-friction" or if going with Simplex maybe "avant-friction" is better!
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Can you move the Retroshift mount to your own vintage (Sun Tour non aero) shifter? I guess it will look funny on such a narrow lever.

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