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Old 05-29-15, 03:41 PM
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Newbie brifter question

I've resisted integrated shifters up to now, but suddenly I liked the feel of them while test-riding a Shimano Tiagra-equipped bike. My question:

Do any of the competitors' brifters work pretty much that way, with the actual brake lever doing the downshifting rather than having two separate plastic levers for up and down? (For whatever silly reason, I really liked this detail.)
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Originally Posted by bzoom
I've resisted integrated shifters up to now, but suddenly I liked the feel of them while test-riding a Shimano Tiagra-equipped bike. My question:

Do any of the competitors' brifters work pretty much that way, with the actual brake lever doing the downshifting rather than having two separate plastic levers for up and down? (For whatever silly reason, I really liked this detail.)
No they are different

Shimano/Microshift: Little lever upshifts, little lever + big lever downshifts
Campy/Miche: Thumb lever upshifts, little lever downshifts
SRAM: Little lever click upshifts, little lever two clicks downshifts
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Originally Posted by Elvo
Shimano/Microshift: Little lever upshifts, little lever + big lever downshifts
Campy/Miche: Thumb lever upshifts, little lever downshifts
SRAM: Little lever click upshifts, little lever two clicks downshifts
Of course it's the opposite for the front derailleur...and then there's electronic shifting, with the SRAMs new wireless shifting having a totally new method with only one button (lever) on left shifter and one button on the right shifter. Press one and the rear shifts up, press the other and it shifts down. Press both simultaneously and the front derailleur toggles to the other ring.

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Originally Posted by Elvo
No they are different

Shimano/Microshift: Little lever upshifts, little lever + big lever downshifts
It should be noted that Microshift differs from Shimano also. Microshift uses two dedicated levers for shifting. Shimano used one dedicated lever and has the brake lever double as the othe shifter.
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