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Old 11-01-04, 08:08 AM
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Is anybody still selling quality 7-speed thumb shifters? The only ones that I could find in my neighborhood were from Sunrace, and they looked cheap. Are the Shimano Tourney thumb shifters any better? The bike shop man told me that the Shimano Deore and the Suntour thumbshifters are no longer available. He also told me that I should get out of the "Disco Age."

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Old 11-01-04, 08:56 AM
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Top mounts? don't think so, ebay or swaps is probably your best bet. Shimano still makes a decent STX rapidfire 7-speed.
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Old 11-01-04, 10:03 AM
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I understand you can pair some Shimano barcons with Paul's Thumbies to make your own thumb shifters.
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Old 11-01-04, 10:12 AM
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the bike shop man is correct in that they are no longer manufactured. he is,
however, a ****er. get out of the disco age, my arsch! these things are
exceptionally well-designed, easy to maintain, and basically indestructible.
my set of suntours have 60000 miles on them, only sign of age is a slight uv-
caused discoloration on the tops. with the friction setting, they will work with
just about any 7-spd fw or cassette. don't know about 8/9 speed...probably, if
the cluster is the same width. index shifting? nah, i know where my gears are.

best bets are to call around to your lbs's. sometimes they'll have old stock tucked
away under the cabinets. ebay is a possibility. or you could look at yard sale
junkers or police auctions. strip some good components off a trashed frame.

i'll check my parts bin. i may have an older, spare set in the garage. good luck.

they can have my thumbshifters when they pry them from my cold, dead hands !!
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Old 11-07-04, 11:11 AM
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The new 7-speed Shimano Deore and Suntour Expert thumb shifters that are on ebay got into bidding wars, and people outbid me even when I bid $40, which is more than what they cost back when they were state of the art. I am still reluctant to go with used or the entry level Shimano Tourney or Sunrace thumb shifters.

The local bike shop guy told me that the new SRAM MRX Comp grip shifters are the best 7-speed shifters available, and that they are much improved over last year's model. He is selling them for the same price ($30) as the Sunrace thumb shifters. He had a pair of the MRX Comps (but they were eight speed), and by appearance and a few test twists, they do seem to be higher quality than the Sunrace thumb shifters. He said that you can get the MRX Comps with friction or index for the front, but the rear is index only.

I tried the Shimano Altus 7-speed rapidfire shifters. They seemed to have a lot of "play" or "slop" in them. They came with integrated brake levers which limits my brake choices to V-brakes. The brake levers seemed to be of higher quality than the shifters. They are out of consideration.

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Old 11-07-04, 08:40 PM
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Tell me about the bidding wars. I picked up some 12-27 DA cassettes for cheap at the local bike swap meet last week, threw one on ebay thinking hey I could get $40 out of it. The auction closed at $84, glad I was the seller. So, for the cost of that cassette, I was able to place an order for a B17 with the big rivets. The XTR rapid rise rear derailleurs did well too. My build is going to cost way less than I anticipated.
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Old 11-07-04, 09:43 PM
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check with Harris Cyclery they have some for 5,6 and 7 speeds. I just type harris cyclery to find thier site. Hope this helps. Rogermo
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Originally Posted by markw
The XTR rapid rise rear derailleurs did well too.
Have you ever had the chance to use that rapid rise derailleur? I'm thinking about replacing an old derailleur with a rapid rise. I'm using barend shifters so there wouldn't be a problem with the reverse action. At least it'll match my front shifting action.
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Old 11-09-04, 09:04 AM
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I got outbid again. So, I guess that I will have to be happy with the SRAM MRX Comps.
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Old 11-21-04, 01:18 AM
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ScituateJohn:

I just pulled off a set of shimano XT thumbies from a bike circa 1987. They are in great shape. The bike was in storage for about 10 years. I think they are for 6spd but you may be able to use them for 7spd. they have both sis and friction modes. I was about to put them on ebay but if you make me a reasonable offer, they can be yours. Thanks.
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See the pic. What does the lever do on Deore DX's right shifter control? It's from 1992 and still accurate.
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That switches from indexed to friction.
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Old 02-20-15, 08:07 AM
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Thank you LesterOfPuppets. I was afraid of that! I think the friction part isn't working. All I get is indexing.
Back to the LBS or is this something I could wrench myself?
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I have seen lots of posts resurrected after a long time but I don't think I have ever seen one over 10 years old.
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Old 02-20-15, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN View Post
I have seen lots of posts resurrected after a long time but I don't think I have ever seen one over 10 years old.
Ha--well, I've never bought a 23 year-old bike before. Those old doo-dads are new to me. All the info is probably here, I've just got to go dumpster-diving to get it. (Actually I thought the thread might be closed.)
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Old 02-20-15, 03:43 PM
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Been running friction shifters decades before this thread even started, thumb, and Bar End. 6 and 7 speed ..
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Old 02-21-15, 02:49 PM
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What about this stuff:

microshift 7 speed | eBay

Microshift has a good rep and they offer shifters starting at 9 dollars, and brifters starting at 64.
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Old 02-22-15, 07:59 AM
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Maybe not quality, but work pretty good for me.

Shimano Shifters SL-TX30 Tourney 3x7 Pair
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The guys at my bike shop use some thumb shifters that are like bar end shifters, just mounted on the bar. I'll see if I can find out what brand they are. They swear they're great!!!
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In the meantime you might check out these shifters. They are the ones that come stock on the Surly Ogre.

microSHIFT -The best control system
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I use nothing but XT 7-speed thumbshifters. When Shimano discontinued them in the mid-90's, I scooped up four pairs that are still in its original packaging. When I go bankrupt, I'll put them up on eBay and make a killing.
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In the meantime you might check out these shifters. They are the ones that come stock on the Surly Ogre.

microSHIFT -The best control system
can you find a place these are for sale? I cant find a price.
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can you find a place these are for sale? I cant find a price.
Universal has them.
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Old 03-08-15, 11:52 PM
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$113 dollars!!! wow. you can win a pair of old XT thumbies on ebay for less than 30;
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Originally Posted by AJRoberts View Post
I understand you can pair some Shimano barcons with Paul's Thumbies to make your own thumb shifters.
I just did this and I love them! It is a bit of a kick in the pants to pay for bar end shift levers (if you don't already own them) and then buy the Paul Thumbie adapters. BUT! Once it's all said and done, they are wonderful!
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