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STI to Downtube Shifter conversion(3 posts)

STI to Downtube Shifter conversionDrew
Apr 1, 2001 6:57 PM
I'm geting a new bike with the Shimano STI shifters. How difficult is it to convert to downtube shift levers if I decide I don't like the STI levers?
It dependsDave Hickey
Apr 2, 2001 12:02 AM
It depends on the frame. Look at the frame. If the STI cable guides are on the downtube and they can be removed, then you can convert to downtube shifters. If the STI cable guides are welded to the headtube or downtube then a conversion would be difficult. I held out for years converting to STI. Now that I have it, I believe its the only way to go.
another option......Snake Bites.
Apr 2, 2001 6:17 AM end shifters are always an option.