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Old 03-05-13, 01:55 PM
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VO "Thumbies" back in stock

For anyone who has been patiently waiting, the VO Thumbies are back in stock. I saw a few grumblings on the forums about these disappearing for a few months but happened to notice today they're back: https://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...22-2-23-8.html
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Those look cool- I hope they're available when I'm looking for some!
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Old 03-05-13, 05:36 PM
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They're an obvious copy of Paul thumbies, and the price is approaching that of the real deal, as well.
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I guess you would also need cable stops for where the DT shifters were mounted?
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Why? When you can pick up a pair of your favorite Shimano Deore thumb shifters?
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Originally Posted by owenmyers View Post
Why? When you can pick up a pair of your favorite Shimano Deore thumb shifters?
They're good if you already have the shifters, or want to use 8 or 9 speed shifters with indexing, but still want the friction option & rebuildability of thumb shifters.
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I think I can make a pair of first generation Simplex Retrofrictions work with them, but I'm not willing to pay $50 to find out for sure. If I needed them I'm sure I'd feel differently.
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$50.00?!


Edit: $74.00?!
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...makes you wanna reach down for those shifters, doesn't it.
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You ain't kidding. Talk about penny wise and pound foolish.
You think? I don't consider 33% to be a small amount. It might not be important to most people, but the VO mounts will work on 22.2 or 23.8 bars (they include shims). FWIW, I have used both and the Paul's have their typical CNC'd appearance and flat finish, but they both do the exact same thing with the same results; it's a pretty simple product.
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It took me about 5 seconds to find Paul's for $47.99. Still not cheap, but the quality is top notch.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
it's a pretty simple product.
Yeah I still don't know why either aren't like $25. I have both, and I like the VO finish better.
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Yeah I still don't know why either aren't like $25. I have both, and I like the VO finish better.
They are $25 - to a dealer or distributor. It's just economics. If ten thousand people wanted thumb shifter mounts (and that's a small number) the price would drop dramatically.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
They are $25 - to a dealer or distributor. It's just economics. If ten thousand people wanted thumb shifter mounts (and that's a small number) the price would drop dramatically.
Right, I suppose that's the same reason why V-brakes can be had for a fraction of the price of similar quality canti-brakes. The tooling and raw materials are just as expensive. But almost every new department store bike has V-brakes.
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...makes you wanna reach down for those shifters, doesn't it.
...or at least reconsider.
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Originally Posted by owenmyers View Post
Why? When you can pick up a pair of your favorite Shimano Deore thumb shifters?
The ability to work with bars that aren't MTB diameter is one reason.
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I guess I am cheap the Sunrace ones comes with cables and are $15 for the set.

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Can someone explain the history why these went out of fashion? It seems like they were replaced on entry level bikes with grip shift. I like the thumb shifters so much better.
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I guess I am cheap the Sunrace ones comes with cables and are $15 for the set.
Obviously the purpose of these isn't clear to you. They're not shifters, but a way of mounting down tube or bar end shifters to a handlebar with a diameter of 22.2, 23.8 or (in the case of Paul's) even 26.0 and 31.8.

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Old 03-06-13, 03:08 PM
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Paul's also come in 31.8 now.
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