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Downtube shifter - brifters

Old 01-08-06, 03:21 PM
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Downtube shifter - brifters

Hey guys, I saw a bike the other day that had a conversion from downtube shifter to Brifters but the guy said he had gottne the bike like that... anyone know somewhere online I could order one of said conversion kits?
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Originally Posted by RiotBoi
Hey guys, I saw a bike the other day that had a conversion from downtube shifter to Brifters but the guy said he had gottne the bike like that... anyone know somewhere online I could order one of said conversion kits?
If you buy a set of brifters they usually come with the necessary hardware to mount on a new frame designed for brifters and to adapt older frames. At least my Campy Chorus brifters did.

Keep in mind you may also need a new rear wheel, derailleurs, cassette and you might need to check the rear spacing on your frame (if your frame is aluminum or carbon and the spacing is wrong you might as well forget about it).
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bar ends...much cheaper...and in friction will work with any set up...
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Originally Posted by SDRider
If you buy a set of brifters they usually come with the necessary hardware to mount on a new frame designed for brifters and to adapt older frames. At least my Campy Chorus brifters did.

Keep in mind you may also need a new rear wheel, derailleurs, cassette and you might need to check the rear spacing on your frame (if your frame is aluminum or carbon and the spacing is wrong you might as well forget about it).
Why do you need a new rear wheel?
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Originally Posted by NJWheelBuilder
Why do you need a new rear wheel?
My guess is that he (like me) is sort of assuming that if the bike is old enough that it came with down tube shifters then there is a chance that it also may (not he did say may) be a narrower 126mm spaced rear supporting lower gear numbers (5,6,7). So if the OP has said older bike and they are willing to have the frame respaced, then they will need a bunch of gear as he posted.

To the OP - how old is the bike/frame you want to do the conversion to? My Salsa (currently in mothballs) is a "modern" frame but it has downtube shifter bosses. As others have posted when you buy a set of shift/brake levers they will come with the parts that act as cable stops and screw into the shifter bosses. Here is a photo of the front wheel of my Salsa which shows the downtube cable stop on the shifter boss. This is what you are talking about right?

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