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Old 07-11-13, 05:19 AM
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stem shifters on low end models

Is it a given that on vintage bikes, stem shifters were installed on low end, and down tube on better models?

Would be helpful to know for yard sale drive-bys
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Old 07-11-13, 06:34 AM
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That's generally true, at least as far as original equipment goes.
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The exception is some touring bikes. I remember a couple of mid range touring bikes that had stem mounted shifters.
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Like previously stated, it's generally true although I am not sure I ever really understood why. While the downtube bosses cost a little so they were saving there, the location on the stem always seemed like a good one to me. At least as much sense as bar ends.
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Broad Generalizations abound Here.

An X-GF on her 19" Mixte got used to them being there, I found a Mercian made 531 Mixte frame bike,
and replicated that component selection on it.

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Originally Posted by Johnny Alien View Post
Like previously stated, it's generally true although I am not sure I ever really understood why. While the downtube bosses cost a little so they were saving there, the location on the stem always seemed like a good one to me. At least as much sense as bar ends.
Stem shifters (along with things like turkey levers) appealed more to the newbies that the lower-end bikes were aimed at. DT shifters were more "pro."
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Originally Posted by Johnny Alien View Post
Like previously stated, it's generally true although I am not sure I ever really understood why. While the downtube bosses cost a little so they were saving there, the location on the stem always seemed like a good one to me. At least as much sense as bar ends.
I think that it depends on how you ride:

If you ride with your hands on the tops a lot, stem shifters are handy and down tube shifters force you to bend down.
If you mostly ride with your hands in the drops, down tube shifters are relatively handy while stem shifters will make you sit up to use them.
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Stem shifters at one time could be found on a variety of good-quality bikes. http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...0/1973_12.html
Probably not on any models that were aimed toward the racing crowd.
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