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Old 10-31-09, 06:20 AM
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Impression of Nashbar cheap thumb shifters

I just ordered some of those falcon $0.99 shifters from Nashbar. I switched them out for my DT shifters by using those DT boss "mounts" with their own little barrel adjusters. Like these:

http://harriscyclery.net/product/shi...osses-1737.htm

The LBS had some and hooked me up from their spare parts bin .

These are the shifters:

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...1_10000_201516

They shipped and looked decent (not super quality, and the mounting bracket is fairly cheap). I found some hardware that fit the mounting screws and after a few minutes had them installed. I used 2 right-side shifters (because that's all they have at Nashbar) which works fine flipped on the other side. Not pretty, but functional.

I like them! They shift just fine, which is really all that matters. The friction adjustment screw I may put loctite on to prevent them from loosening.....though I don't know if they will yet or not.

Nice to be able to trim from my handlebars now

Just wanted to give a heads-up on them.
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Old 10-31-09, 07:01 AM
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Hrm.... they are five speed shifters. I wonder if I should get two of them for my ten speed bike.
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Old 10-31-09, 12:08 PM
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Yeah, they call them 5-speed shifters but they are actually friction. They make "clicking" sounds, but are definitely not indexed.

Cheap, but seem to work.
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Gene2308,

I've had a pair on a bike for several months. They seem to work OK. They are friction so they probably would work on any RD/cassette as long as the shifter has enough throw.

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Old 10-31-09, 09:39 PM
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If they work for that price then that is pretty fantastic.
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i'm surprised they still had them. i thought i bought them out
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Old 11-06-09, 05:34 AM
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Ok, so they actually starting driving me nuts a bit....it was difficult to friction properly because of the "click" stops these shifters make. One click this direction shifted the derailer, then immediately would not shift the derailer on the next shift using the same movement...kind of stupid. If you tinker with them you can line up the shift though..

They aren't all that bad really, just more rough than my DT shifters. So I reinstalled my DT's and am happier now . Actually, I was so used to DT's that I kept reaching down there even with the thumbies installed.
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Old 11-06-09, 08:51 AM
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Guess you got what you paid for.
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Hmmm. Well, considering the next thing up on Nashbar's list is $90...

From the pictures it looks like the "detents" are just teeth that could easily be ground off if they bother you. There is something to be said for simplicity. I wouldn't mind a decent quality shifter, though, to replace my worn and non-adjustable "Rapid Misfires." Simple but good quality vs. simple-cheap or overkill-expensive.
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Old 12-18-09, 08:33 PM
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i think they call that micro-shift
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I installed a set of slightly more expensive friction thumb shifters on a mountain bike a while back. I have to say that compared to much of the low end crap that passes for thumb shifters, this was a godsend. A dream to install too.

You can actually get a no-click version at VO. http://www.velo-orange.com/fafrthsh.html
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Old 12-18-09, 10:58 PM
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arent the ones that nashbar sells the same as the ones VO sells?
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Originally Posted by bionnaki View Post
arent the ones that nashbar sells the same as the ones VO sells?
They are, and I have them on my 7spd cassette utility cruiser. I paid $12.00 at my LBS for them, and for refurbing a dumpster rescue bicycle they're worth every penny.

They're not great, but they work consistently.
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Old 12-19-09, 01:24 AM
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I have mid 80's Suntour half ratchet friction shifters on my bike(solid polished aluminum).Classic looking and still work flawlessly.Check your bike coops or equivalent,they really are worth finding.
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