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Old 05-15-24, 08:02 AM
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Gripshifter - reverse shifting if possible

hi,
Is it possible to somehow change/reverse the shifting so that by rotating the ring downwards i'd be able to ride faster?
My shifter works the opposite way which feels a bit strange to me.
it's a 7speed shimano revoshift.

thanks
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Originally Posted by kayakkielbasa
hi,
Is it possible to somehow change/reverse the shifting so that by rotating the ring downwards i'd be able to ride faster?
My shifter works the opposite way which feels a bit strange to me.
it's a 7speed shimano revoshift.

thanks
Assuming a GripShift system on a flat bar bike of some sort ?. The answer is No. The shifter is either pulling or releasing cable, a set amount according to how much is needed to get the derailer to the position needed. You cannot change how that shifter works. You can maybe change shifter's to a Shimano trigger shifter, whose action is very different, all depends on what other system components you have currently.
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Originally Posted by kayakkielbasa
hi,
Is it possible to somehow change/reverse the shifting so that by rotating the ring downwards i'd be able to ride faster?
My shifter works the opposite way which feels a bit strange to me.
it's a 7speed shimano revoshift.

thanks
You can do this by changing the rear derailleur to a rapid-rise or low normal one. Shimano made these in the early 2000s
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Time for Shimano Rapid Rise tech to shine? Just speculating, no idea if this could be made to work (disregarding how hard it might be to source).
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Originally Posted by DorkDisk
You can do this by changing the rear derailleur to a rapid-rise or low normal one. Shimano made these in the early 2000s
I had a “reverse” RD on my 2008 Surly LHT and never realized it until I had to have it replaced. I really liked it, so I stuck with it.
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It's the water, right? It's gotta be the water....
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You won't necessarily go faster if you are not strong enough to maintain the same cadence in a harder gear. I have sometimes found that my cadence slows down in a harder gear and I actually go slower
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Old 05-15-24, 09:03 AM
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I only need the shifter to work the other way around. shimano revoshift on my bike (folding bike, bickerton 1607) needs to be rotated upwards to change to higher gears.
I saw and used nexus shifters (on city bikes around the town) and they work the other way - i can rotate downwards to change to high gears.
But according to what Steve B said, I can't change/reverse it. looks like the only option is to buy a new/different one.

Btw - why two shimano models - revoshift and nexus - work differently..? what's the reason for that?
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Originally Posted by kayakkielbasa
... looks like the only option is to buy a new/different one.
Not the only option. You could always just deal with it. Many of us have multiple bikes with different shifters and shifting mechanisms. I personally rotate between trigger shifters, bar end shifters, downtube shifters, and even one set of stem-mounted shifters. Just get used to having two different ways to shift, and then remember which bike you're on. Not that big a deal.
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Originally Posted by Jeff Neese
Just get used to having two different ways to shift, and then remember which bike you're on. Not that big a deal.
Heh. If I have been riding the touring bike (bar ends) exclusively and then get on the road bike (brifters), the first time I try to shift I will often reach for the bar end. Works the other way, too. I’ll try to shift the touring bike using the brake levers.

But you are correct; the issue resolves itself quickly.
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The answer is YES you can. Pull the shifter off the bar and then reinstall it on the end of the bar facing the other way. Of course now the cable will be pointed outwards, and you will need a longer cable for that. And you would have to learn to grip the shifter with your pinky finger instead of your thumb and fore finger. But there you go.
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Switch the shifters sides so the rear is on the left side of the handlebar.
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The difference between shifters is one is designed for an internally geared hub and the other is designed for derailleurs. In your case I probably wouldn't put anything towards that bike if it came new with gripshift and 7 speed just ride it into the ground and enjoy your time with it and then at the end of life use the money you saved to by a bike that is more practical for your usage.
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I have a Rohloff equipped bicycle. I know that the shifter can be wired backwards and gear 14 will be gear one and so on. During covid my wife was in the hospital and not expected to live. She had covid namonia. She is alive and well but I was not thinking right during this time when I changed handlebars and needed to put new cables and housing on the Rohloff. I believe that you could probably do the same kind of screw up on the Pinion because it also uses a push pull like the Rohloff.
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Originally Posted by kayakkielbasa
hi,
Is it possible to somehow change/reverse the shifting so that by rotating the ring downwards i'd be able to ride faster?
My shifter works the opposite way which feels a bit strange to me.
it's a 7speed shimano revoshift.

thanks
Anything is possible. How much $$$ do you want to spend? You could turn the shifter around so the mechanism is on the outside of the grip, which would be a bit kludgy. If you wanted it to be slick, you could turn it around and mount a tube on the inside on the other side of the shifter so the mechanism was in the same place on the bar. This would require a thinner handlebar, which you'd probably need to have fabricated. Neither is difficult, but any custom metalwork is $$$.
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Originally Posted by Rogerogeroge
Switch the shifters sides so the rear is on the left side of the handlebar.
This.
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