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Kelly Take-Offs - anyone using them?

Old 09-01-05, 10:07 AM
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Kelly Take-Offs - anyone using them?

I saw the Kelly Take-Offs, and they look interesting. Basically, they're mounts for downtube shifters that go up by your brake levers, which lets you have the convenience of integrated shifting without the expense. I'm wondering if anyone's using them, and if so, how do you like them? I found a little info on them searching the forums, but not much. Do they interfere with your grip? How easy are they to get to when riding in the drops? How durable are they?

Also, has anyone seen them for sale other than the Kelly web site? There, they sell them for the MSRP of $80, which is, IMO, high enough to prevent me from even seriously considering buying a pair (there is a less-than-full kit for $40, but even that price seems high).
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Old 09-02-05, 08:20 AM
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Anyone? Bueller?
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Hey there BryE, check out this thread.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ighlight=kelly

so as not to confuse anyone, the pair is $40 and the kit is $80.

the pair includes: take off mounts, stainless 90º elbows (or noodles), custom two sided ferrulles (that go on the end of the noodles) and two 5mm replacement bolts and washers (for easier tightening).

the kit includes: all the above + 2 down tube cable stops, 2 gear cables, a meter of gear cable housing (sis), 4 ferrulles, 2 cable ends.

The kit includes eveything you need to complete the retrofit less the shift levers themselves, and bar tape (which i also sell seperately). FYI, i also sell the components that are in the kit seperately, so, if a person has down tube stops, or cables, or cable housing, they can buy whatever they need to complete thier install.

So as you can see, its not like im not forcing a person into buying the whole kit, its more like i offer it as a conveinience if they need it. try pricing out all the items i offer, then your time to go fetch them all, and tell me what number you end up with. Unless you have a buddy at a bike shop giving you stuff for free I guarnantee you will have a tough time beating this deal.

the whole idea behind take off in the first place was that a person could spend $40-$80 and have everything they need in one nice neat little package (less bar tape) to retrofit their bike from a downtube shifter to an on the bar shifter. Rather than have to spend $300-$500+ on a whole new drive train that you really didnt want in the first place. then it evolved. i now sell take off all over the world to the tune of approximately a pair every other day. FYI, i dont advertise take off anywhere other than my website. It's all word of mouth and personal testimony that sells take off.

perhaps i should do a better job of taking and posting more pictures on my website -- or, maybe i should throw down a 20 spot for a red star and post some pictures of the cool setups that we have done over the years on this forum -- or, better yet maybe the 500+ people who have purchased and are running take off's on thier bikes will post pictures of thier cool rides on this site?

i hope you find the information and feedback you are looking for.

best regards BryE,

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I've got some TakeOffs on my bike. Running downtube friction shifters so that I can run any wheel I want (Campy or Shimano). At the moment, I've got them connected to a Shimano derailleur running on a Campy 9 wheel.

The main limitation has been reach. You have to rotate your hand to reach the shifter. If the shifter was mounted about 1cm closer to the brake lever, they'd be perfect.
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Originally Posted by CK95959
Hey there BryE, check out this thread.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ighlight=kelly

so as not to confuse anyone, the pair is $40 and the kit is $80.

the pair includes: take off mounts, stainless 90º elbows (or noodles), custom two sided ferrulles (that go on the end of the noodles) and two 5mm replacement bolts and washers (for easier tightening).

<snip>

i hope you find the information and feedback you are looking for.

best regards BryE,

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Hey, thanks for the info. This post is a bit of a blast from the past - I'd completely forgotten about it (understandably, given the underwhelming number of responses it got).

I actually went ahead and purchased a set of Take-Offs (the base kit, not the full) and I'm going to use them on my bike this spring - I'm just waiting for the weather to warm up so I can paint the frame, and then I'll be ready to go. I'm looking forward to seeing how they work - they seem to be well-made, and I don't anticipate any problems at all from them.

Thanks again.
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Old 01-19-06, 12:59 AM
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cool. let me know if you need anything else.

send me a picture when you get em all set up.

talk to you soon.

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