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Old 10-18-17, 08:29 PM
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7 Speed microSHIFT

2x7 Road Bike STI Shifters 7 Speed microSHIFT Compatible Shimano Derailleur

I was thinking of buying these saw some new on CL for $45 are they any good. I know they won't be as good as Shimano but as long as they work
once you have had brifters there's no going back.

New 2x7 Road Bike STI Shifters 7 Speed microSHIFT Compatible Shimano Derailleur | eBay
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Old 10-18-17, 08:37 PM
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I would probably get them in 8 speed, as tempting as the price is. With an 8 speed brifter, the gear spacing is the same as 6 or 7 speed, so it's actually a 6, 7, and 8 speed shifter. Just don't use those extra clicks on the shifter, and have the ability to run 8 speed at some future date if you decide to upgrade.

I just received some of the 8 speed ones for around $72 with 3 day delivery. Have not installed them yet, but they seem simple enough, and I have heard almost zero complaints about them. In shopping for these, I noticed Shimano brifters have gotten a little cheaper than they used to be.
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Old 10-18-17, 08:45 PM
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I put them on a bike. Haven't ridden them much, but they work. Even though I know you are looking at a double, for anyone who may be considering them in a 3x7 it took a bit of fiddling to get them to work up front.

If you want to stick with Shimano, they make Tourneys in 7 speed still.

And yes, one can easily go back from brifters, but that is an argument for a different day
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Old 10-18-17, 08:47 PM
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Actually the spacing isn't the same if you run an 6- or 7-speed Freewheel and cluster, as opposed to a more modern freehub and Cassette. The difference in spacing is (I think) only .3 mm (4.5 to 4.8 mm) but it adds ip so that by one end of the gear stack an 8-speed won't shift cleanly.

On the other hand I don't know if Microshift is 6,7,6-speed freewheel-compatible.

Best bet would be to email the company.

I na y case, I use an 8-speed Claris brifter set with a 7-speed freewheel and it isn't bad ... you just have to make little trim-shifts.

I hear they are really reliable. The only reason I haven't opted for Microshift instead of the more expensive Shimano is that I want all my bikes to have identical shifting action on all my bikes. I tend to not be supremely coordinated or adept, and even with all my bikes using Shimano, I still sometime shift down when i want up and vice-versa. I figure, why make it more complicated?

If you have a normal brain, Microshift seems like a good deal.

Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post
In shopping for these, I noticed Shimano brifters have gotten a little cheaper than they used to be.
Yes, same. Tiagra and old Sora has dropped as people choose either new Sora or 105, is my theory.
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Old 10-19-17, 06:28 AM
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I recently bought and installed the 7 speed Micro-shifters on my 7 speed shimano gear train. Bought on Ebay $50 and took about 10 days from China to the East coast.

So far, they work perfectly. Only about 400 miles of use, buty happy with the units. KB
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Aren't the 7 speed Microshift brifters kinda big and clunky? I saw some pictures of them on a member's bike and they looked a lot bulkier than the Shimano ones.

Seems like the 8, 9, 10, and 11 speed models get progressively slimmer (and more expensive).
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Old 10-19-17, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Bigbadjohn View Post
2x7 Road Bike STI Shifters 7 Speed microSHIFT Compatible Shimano Derailleur

I was thinking of buying these saw some new on CL for $45 are they any good. I know they won't be as good as Shimano but as long as they work
once you have had brifters there's no going back.

New 2x7 Road Bike STI Shifters 7 Speed microSHIFT Compatible Shimano Derailleur | eBay
$45 doesnt seem like a deal if you can get em for $50 new off ebay.

I like mine a lot. I would disagree with saying they arent as good as Shimano too. They are absolutely as good as Shimano's 7speed STIs and i actually think they are better. The shifting system on Microshift is excellent and way better than Shimano's 7sp shifting system.
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Old 10-19-17, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post
I would probably get them in 8 speed, as tempting as the price is. With an 8 speed brifter, the gear spacing is the same as 6 or 7 speed, so it's actually a 6, 7, and 8 speed shifter.
no.
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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post
Aren't the 7 speed Microshift brifters kinda big and clunky? I saw some pictures of them on a member's bike and they looked a lot bulkier than the Shimano ones.
They fit my hands just like my older Ultegra 9sp STIs and my new 105 11sp STIs. They are certainly bulkier than the older gen Ultegra STIs, but the Microshifts dont seem bulky overall.
Compare them to Shimano Hydraulic STIs and the Microshifts seem downright slim. Those Hydraulics are absurd.
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Old 10-19-17, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
no.
Well, let's just say close enough to work. I run Shimano 8 speed shifters on 7 speed freewheels and freehubs and they work flawlessly for me.
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Old 10-19-17, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post
I would probably get them in 8 speed, as tempting as the price is. With an 8 speed brifter, the gear spacing is the same as 6 or 7 speed...

Shimano spacing:


6-speed = 5.5mm
7-speed = 5.0mm
8-speed = 4.8mm
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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post
Aren't the 7 speed Microshift brifters kinda big and clunky? I saw some pictures of them on a member's bike and they looked a lot bulkier than the Shimano ones.

Seems like the 8, 9, 10, and 11 speed models get progressively slimmer (and more expensive).
Determine "Bulky" . I have bought Claris 8 Speed and Microshift 7 speed. Measurment wise, the Claris are 1-2 mm. wider, at the widest points. Yes the Microshift has an extra paddle (down shift) that the Claris doesn't have, but that's just adapting between the different shifters. KB
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Old 10-19-17, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Shimano spacing:


6-speed = 5.5mm
7-speed = 5.0mm
8-speed = 4.8mm
I looked at my 7-spd freewheel...and I see some cogs are spaced further and some closer...
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Old 10-19-17, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I looked at my 7-spd freewheel...and I see some cogs are spaced further and some closer...
Suntour Accushift spacing?
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I think Shimano one is slightly cheaper.

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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post
Aren't the 7 speed Microshift brifters kinda big and clunky?
Yeah, it's hideous.
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Old 10-19-17, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Suntour Accushift spacing?
I doubt it...the biggest cog says Shimano.
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thumb shifters are OK,
the big guys have abandoned 7 speeds almost 20 years ago, now even 11 is being pushed aside for 12.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
thumb shifters are OK,
the big guys have abandoned 7 speeds almost 20 years ago, now even 11 is being pushed aside for 12.
I am pretty sure Shimano still makes 7 speed.

I've read also 7-spd is stronger, more durable than 10/11/12...due to beefier chain and cogs.
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Originally Posted by Bigbadjohn View Post
2x7 Road Bike STI Shifters 7 Speed microSHIFT Compatible Shimano Derailleur

I was thinking of buying these saw some new on CL for $45 are they any good. I know they won't be as good as Shimano but as long as they work
once you have had brifters there's no going back.

New 2x7 Road Bike STI Shifters 7 Speed microSHIFT Compatible Shimano Derailleur | eBay
How do they operate? Is every gear done in increments allowing more derailleur placement for better position relative to either the big cog in the back or the little one? And are the increments done 1/2 gear at a time or even more?
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Old 10-19-17, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
$45 doesnt seem like a deal if you can get em for $50 new off ebay.

I like mine a lot. I would disagree with saying they arent as good as Shimano too. They are absolutely as good as Shimano's 7speed STIs and i actually think they are better. The shifting system on Microshift is excellent and way better than Shimano's 7sp shifting system.
They are new and in CAD on CL. US Doller a 1/4 more, anyway he has not responded that usually means they are pending sale.
if he does respond I might be able to get cheaper

I saw Ebay $46 free shipping they will take forever to come so if he does not respond I will get them from Ebay

Thanks for the heads up, I did see them on eBay before but not as cheap as this.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/MICROSHIFT-...sAAOSw~gRV3Gbg

same thing more expensive

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/New-2x7-Road-...-/261605775738

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Originally Posted by Bigbadjohn View Post
They are new and in CAD on CL. US Doller a 1/4 more...
Oh, didnt realize you were talking in CAD.
Makes more sense now. I see $ and just assume USD.
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seems the roller width stopped being thinned at 3/32" then came bushing-less designs,

the inner side plate gets the holes punched and the steel is displaced to form an edge for the roller edges to rotate on
and the pin inside that flange..

As the space is reduced for more speeds, the side plate steel is thinner.. so the flange-bush is thinner as well..

Full Bushing Chains are now labeled as just for IGH & singlespeeds..
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He said I could have them for $35 when I sent him eBay link for $45 USD
he got them from eBay and paid more it was good of him to lower price without asking
He was late replying and I nearly pressed the buy button and have to wait 6-8 weeks usually.
I think they are the same

https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/van/...341276418.html

https://www.ebay.com/itm/MICROSHIFT-...sAAOSw~gRV3Gbg

I am going to put them on my 87 Cannondale dura ace and put Cannondale indexed DT shifters and hidden brake levers on my old Bianchi

I once had a Japan Bianchi, Suntour it got stolen, it never shifted right until I put new cranks, cassette, chain and it friction shifted like silk it just fell into gear but I am obsessed with indexed

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It's nice that brand new 7 speed parts are still readily available. And inexpensive. Here in Atlanta the rolling hills are murder on shifters. Not too many flat spots. It's either an uphill grind or full on downhill speed. I've never needed more than a 2 x 7 setup here.
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