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How About Some Downtube Shifters: Let's see them

Old 05-05-21, 06:57 AM
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Zeus retrofriction, a couple versions of Simplex retrofriction, Ofmega fiber-reinforced resin:
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Old 05-05-21, 08:31 AM
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I just sold these here on the forum. Single top mounted braze on. Didn't see too many of them around.


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Old 05-05-21, 08:39 AM
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Old 05-05-21, 08:51 AM
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Sachs Huret. The ratcheting on these is pretty nice and crisp.


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Old 05-05-21, 09:10 AM
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Suntour LD-1600




Suntour SL-CL20 (Cyclone 7000)


Shimano SL-7700


From the bin...
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Old 05-05-21, 09:39 AM
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Here are a couple that came on the "lower end" bikes....still lovely pieces:

Peugeot/Simplex:


Lejeune/Huret:



And Shields/SunTour:

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Old 05-05-21, 09:55 AM
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Old 05-05-21, 10:01 AM
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I'll pile on to the Retrofriction bunch. Not so much downtube as 'middle' tube.

Looking at this makes me realize that some button head Allen screws need to be found...

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Old 05-05-21, 10:49 AM
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Old 05-05-21, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Choke View Post
Campy big barrel retrofriction

Nice. I didn't know there was a big barrel version of this shifter. Learned something today.
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Old 05-05-21, 11:19 AM
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A few more of mine.




These 7402 shifters set in friction mode are really nice.
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Old 05-05-21, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Roger M View Post
Nice. I didn't know there was a big barrel version of this shifter. Learned something today.
They are somewhat rare but if you look hard enough you can find them. That one is shifting a Campy 10sp cassette.

A better view of the size difference - these are all retrofriction.
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Synchro II, yet another version of the Campy fatboy shifter already posted a few times...
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A couple more entries. Thomas's Zeus and another big red bike.


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Old 09-27-21, 05:12 PM
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How about a Campy 10s indexed setup.


Bar Ends turned down tube.
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I do not have anything to post, but a question regarding the clamp on's. Is the small tab on the frames necessary to prevent them from moving down the tube, or is being properly torqued sufficient?
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I do not have anything to post, but a question regarding the clamp on's. Is the small tab on the frames necessary to prevent them from moving down the tube, or is being properly torqued sufficient?
That depends. I have worked with both, but prefer having a brazed-on stop, to prevent any chance of paint damage.
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How many of you have seen a genuine CAPO brand downtube shifter (or derailleur, for that matter)? This is an early 1950s Capo Sieger, before Harald Cap went Campagnolo.

The rest of the group. Pretty crude craftsmanship, even by 1950 standards, certainly not worth of the frames, which were quite good. Wise decision to outsource the derailleurs after 1957.


One of the flaws in my Sieger was the bent-back downtube levers. Weird ... .
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Post your best DT gear changers. Extra points for something out of the ordinary(old, uncommon brand, etc.)

These, sorta ordinary
I swear I had shift levers exactly like that (except braze-on) on my Suntour Cyclone equiped Fuji. And I love this thread!


Dura-Ace 7400 6-speed indexed.

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Originally Posted by The Trashman View Post
I do not have anything to post, but a question regarding the clamp on's. Is the small tab on the frames necessary to prevent them from moving down the tube, or is being properly torqued sufficient?
I've only had one bike with clamp-on DT shifters sans tab, but they never moved.
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Triplex shifters on a co-op Flandria. They look like Campy even close up.


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Shimano 600 Arabesque group set on this Japanese made bike

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