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What shifters can I replace my Shimano ST-6501's with?

Old 10-24-12, 07:52 AM
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What shifters can I replace my Shimano ST-6501's with?

So I bought a sweet Klein Quantum Race bike (https://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...e#.UIfx6sXA9TI) off of Craigslist and the only things I need to replace on it are the shifters (mainly for aesthetics) and the chain/cogs. I am noticing that they no longer make the ST-6501 shifters and I am kind of clueless as to what is compatible with my bike that I can replace them with. Also, is there a certain cog set I should be looking for or will any 9 speed set work?

Thanks as always for any and all answers!
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Old 10-24-12, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Angry_Eeyore View Post
So I bought a sweet Klein Quantum Race bike (https://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...e#.UIfx6sXA9TI) off of Craigslist and the only things I need to replace on it are the shifters (mainly for aesthetics) and the chain/cogs. I am noticing that they no longer make the ST-6501 shifters and I am kind of clueless as to what is compatible with my bike that I can replace them with. Also, is there a certain cog set I should be looking for or will any 9 speed set work?

Thanks as always for any and all answers!
Cogs: you'll want a Shimano or SRAM cogset for best compatibility.
If you get a new cogset, you'll want a new chain, too. Shimano Ultegra probably the best bargain (although you'll hear alot of people recommend KMC, I think).
Shifters: If you need a new name plate (broken ='s poor aesthetics?), you can buy those for $5-10 and replace with just a screwdriver instead of spending $100 on brifters.
If you're set on new shifters, replace primarily with Shimano Ultegra or maybe 105. Other brands won't be compatible w/your derailleurs & shifting performance may suffer.
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Old 10-24-12, 04:13 PM
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Hey Angry.
Have you checked Ebay? There are some complete levers, and some replacement parts if the only reason you're replacing them is the face shields are scratched up.

Also try search terms "Ultegra" & "9 sp"

Good luck and keep us abreast of how she goes.
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If you want to move up to 10 speed, you'll need to replace the shifters, the cassette, and either the RD or use alternate cable routing for the current RD.

OTOH I think the last generation of the Shimano 9 speed stuff was great. Lots of CX guys still run it because it's a bit more reliable than 10sp. As others mentioned, you can get replacement faceplates and hoods for pretty cheap. If you need to replace the shifter I'd take a look at the ST-4500 shifters - they're honestly 95% as good as the Ultegra shifters since they've gotten the "trickle down" technology from the higher-end groups. They can be had for $150 new or so.

As far as cogsets, I'd either get the CS-6500 or the HG-50 cassettes. The 6500 is a bit lighter but otherwise performance should be about equivalent.
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Old 10-25-12, 12:01 AM
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any 9 speed shimano or sram cassette should fit the hub. concerning the shifter, what wrong with it, just scratched up? if thats all, consider buying new shifter hood and cover plates. you can always sand down the levers and then polish them with mothers and ouila, new looking shifters. if they are still functional, id go that route before id drop more dough on a 14 year old bike.
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Old 10-25-12, 07:05 AM
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4500 shifters are very nice, and 9-speed versions are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. I just installed a set on my wife's touring bike. Performance feels as good as my 105s from 2008. PG
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Old 10-26-12, 01:41 AM
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I was thinking about getting the ST-6510. A little on the pricey side but I am willing to wait it out for a good deal to pop up. Just wanted to make absolutely sure they are compatible with my bike before I drop the cash on them. Also, I want to go with the CS-6500 but I have no idea what size to get.
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Old 10-26-12, 11:31 PM
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6510 is a nice improvement over the 6501. If you can't find them the 5510 are not bad either.
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