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Grip shift vs trigger on drop bar?

Old 10-05-11, 06:44 PM
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Grip shift vs trigger on drop bar?

I've managed to get hold of a 22.2mm drop bar, and was going to upgrade from my DT shifters. Which would be more practical? I spend about 80% of my time on the brake hoods, 15% in the drops + 5% on top, so almost all of the time I will be reaching back to shift. I like triggers on flat bars but think it might not be very practical unless I'm gripping the tops. I'm not opting for bar end shifters to save money.
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how in the hell would you mount grip shifts? or trigger shifters for that matter? seriously?
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Couldn't you just mount them on the bottom of the drops? It'd be ludicrous, the cabling would suck and who knows if you could even change gear effectively, but surely possible.
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Why not just make the jump to integrated brake/shift levers and call it good?
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Was going to mount the grip shifters like in this photo: https://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...0/3492f70b.jpg

Not very common, but a cheap way to get reasonable shifting controls on the bars. If I wound handlebar tape neatly to the edges of the shifters I think they'd look pretty inconspicuous. Cables would simply go from shifters to downtube in outer cable housing.

I'm afraid STIs are not within my budget, and would cost more than my bike.
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Can you even get them onto the bars? I can't see sliding them past the bends in the drop bars. That's one of the reason the cheap GMC Denali actually has the bars cut in half under the stem clamp and then an extra piece to bolt them back together once the grip shifters are on.
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Yeah I was wondering that myself. But I hoped there'd be enough wiggle room and they might fit my smaller diameter bars.
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Hmm...maybe not

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Might be worth a shot. Somehow the person who's bike is in the picture you posted did it. You might also find a set of trigger shifters though that have a split clamp. Then you could probably get them on. Even easier would be a two piece clamp.
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Trigger shifters it is then
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I'd keep the DT shifters personally, less chance of an accidental shift while you were riding. And you save your money instead.
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you gotta be kidding...right? right?
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So, why not bar end shifters? They are proven work wonderfully and dont look weird or out of place and ugly
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This whole concept is ridiculous. Downtube shifters, bar end shifters, integrated shifters. These are known configurations that work. I still don't know what you're trying to accomplish
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So, why not bar end shifters? They are proven work wonderfully and dont look weird or out of place and ugly
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Actually GripShift was made for road bars in 7 & 8 speed versions, model CX-DT, versions for Shimano and SunTour. More often seen on aero bars, but works on drops too. Lighter, cheaper, and most likely will last longer than STI. Doesn't bother me if someone thinks it's weird, ugly, or out of place. Not that I'm arguing against bar ends, STI, Ergo, or DT shifters, it's just another option.

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DT shifters work very well. I just don't see how what you're considering is an upgrade.
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That style gripshift was designed for TT usage primarily, it does work decently as a barend. Still would prefer a standard bar end shifter. The OP seems to be indicating that he would like to use the gripshifters typically found on mountain bikes. The ones you find on a Denali
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DT shifters do work well, but shifting becomes difficult when descending fast or when simultaneously avoiding pot holes. I could pick up some grip used grip shifters for next to nothing, but barcons would be in excess of £40 on eBay. Who cares if it looks a bit mismatched, my bike is hardly state of the art!
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Originally Posted by justkeepedaling
This whole concept is ridiculous. Downtube shifters, bar end shifters, integrated shifters. These are known configurations that work. I still don't know what you're trying to accomplish
You ought to try reading. He is very clear about what he's trying to accomplish.
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OP, take the bars into your LBS and see if a grip shift or trigger shifters can round the bend. I thing the length of the bearing surface on a grip shifter will preclude them rounding the sharper bend of drop bars. Trigger shifters might.

Just out of curiosity, have you seen drop bar bar ends? That might be an easy $20 solution. Mount the grip shift, then put on the drop bar ends.

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Originally Posted by justkeepedaling
That style gripshift was designed for TT usage primarily, it does work decently as a barend. Still would prefer a standard bar end shifter. The OP seems to be indicating that he would like to use the gripshifters typically found on mountain bikes. The ones you find on a Denali
Doesn't the Denali use bars that have been cut and re-welded in order to fit the grip shifters?
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Paul Barnard I think you're right on the money with that idea. I'll probably go with those bar end drops if grip shifters don't make it round the bends.
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Paul Barnard I think you're right on the money with that idea. I'll probably go with those bar end drops if grip shifters don't make it round the bends.
You can probably find some high density foam to cover those. They are narrow in diameter, so you'll want to beef them up. I have used inexpensive brand Pyramid foam covers (available at your LBS) on bar ends in the past. It increases diameter, cushions and dampens. The long pieces in this set is what I have used.

https://www.bikepartsusa.com/bikepart...y=grip-cruiser

Here are the bar ends.

https://www.bikewagon.com/Handlebars/...-p6830161.html

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Are bar-end shifters really more expensive? I would check ebay and go used before I would do these other options, but that's just me. Bar ends are pretty durable.
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