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Drop bar shifters compatible with Shimano XTR 8 speed?

Old 02-05-13, 08:06 AM
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Drop bar shifters compatible with Shimano XTR 8 speed?

I thought I'd duck in here to ask this question, as you folks have talked about drop bar MTB conversions in the past.
I have an older Skunkhumper that I'd like to transform into a CX workout /2nd bike. I live in an area where the rocks are piled on top of other rocks so I really would like to avoid riding my Campy Record 10sp Poprad where a crash could potentially do more damage than I could afford.
The Skunkie is equiped with Shimano XTR 8sp drive train and XTR V brakes. What STI drop bar shifters are compatible? I figure I may need to move to cantis in order to get the brakes to work.

Left hip's replaced and I'm riding hard again. Time to start preparing for my first 'cross season.
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Old 02-05-13, 08:19 AM
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A set of 8spd barend shifters would be the simpliest conversion.
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Old 02-05-13, 08:26 AM
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I think that either you'll have to switch to cantilevers and use any Shimano 8s STI or you could buy these and any Shimano 8s downtube shifters.
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You could also just use shimano 8 speed bar end shifters and get a set of Tektro RL520 v-brake levers, they are very comfortable to use and I tend to ride in the drops a lot so I like bar-ends.
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I think that either you'll have to switch to cantilevers and use any Shimano 8s STI or you could buy these and any Shimano 8s downtube shifters.
I really like the concept of the retroshifters, but I think they lost their way when they decided to charge as much for them as you can find a set of used Chorus 10sp shifters for. That kind of defeats their purpose. You also can't get replacement blades (as far as I can see). However....I'd love to try a set. I like that they have Alu blades and that you can just change out shifters.
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A set of 8spd barend shifters would be the simpliest conversion.\.
I've gotton so used to shifting at the brake that I'd probably not be happy with that.

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Shifting any 8 speed Shimano will work

Braking - switch to cantilevers or keep the v brakes but add travel agents or I believe mini V's will work, crane creek also makes a road lever that works with v brakes they are not brifters so you then need to revist the shifting.

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I really like the concept of the retroshifters, but I think they lost their way when they decided to charge as much for them as you can find a set of used Chorus 10sp shifters for. That kind of defeats their purpose.
I think the intended benefit of them is not so much cost as it is durability with regard to common CX race spills. That said, the V brake version is the only game in town for integrated shifting V brake levers on a drop bar as far as I know.

I'm actually using the set of Veloce 10s Ergos I got from you to control the TRP CX8.4 mini-V brakes, but they're specifically designed to work with "road" levers.
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Old 02-05-13, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
I think the intended benefit of them is not so much cost as it is durability with regard to common CX race spills. That said, the V brake version is the only game in town for integrated shifting V brake levers on a drop bar as far as I know.

I'm actually using the set of Veloce 10s Ergos I got from you to control the TRP CX8.4 mini-V brakes, but they're specifically designed to work with "road" levers.
I have the CX8.4s on the Poprad. Went through several sets of cantis (TRP, Pauls) but couldn't get anything to stop well at all.
Yeah, I really like the durability aspect of the Retroshifts. I'm going to keep those in the "research" file for the time being. I'll cruise FleaBay tonight to see what other options are out there.

Did you get down to see the Worlds?
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You will need 3 things to convert to STI's.

1. Levers. Any Shimano 8-speed lever will do, aside from Dura Ace.
2. Travel Agents or cantilevers.
3. Compatible front derailleur. I like Tiagra for triple, others prefer IRD's Alpina.

Your XTR front derailleur will not index correctly with STI's, which is why most people doing this conversion opt for bar-ends or thumbies.

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Did you get down to see the Worlds?
I had plans on attending Sunday, but since they had to move all the races to Saturday I had to settle for the live YouTube feed, which was really good, though.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
A set of 8spd barend shifters would be the simpliest conversion.
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I've gotton so used to shifting at the brake that I'd probably not be happy with that.
HA HA well with DT, barends (friction and index versions of both) and Ergo it takes about 10 miles to get comfortable with the shifting on the bike I am riding and then I still reach for the wrong shifter half way up the hills!

Sounds like it it time for a new cyclocross bike.
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Any non-Dura Ace 8s STI shifter should work fine. Sachs also made some Campy-bodied 8s shifters that will shift Shimano 8s just fine, but they are rare as hen's teeth at this point.
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My CX bike has Shimano 8-sp derailleurs, deore xtr or something, and campy mirage 9-sp ergo shifters. That works fine.
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I'm using Campy Veloce 10-speed ergo brifters with an XTR 8-speed drivetrain, and the shifting is perfect. Brakes are cantis as well, and all is good.
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