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STI for older bike(4 posts)

STI for older bikerick w
May 9, 2001 11:41 AM
I have a '90 Cannondale with friction shifters and a freewheel 8 speed regina cogset. I want to put STI levers on. What do I need in addition to the levers? STI rear derailur? Cassette wheel and hub? I am new to the STI world and would appreciate your help.

re: STI for older bikegrz mnky
May 9, 2001 1:13 PM

the short answer is that while it is possible to upgrade to STI it is going to require that you replace your entire drive train if you want things to work well and it will cost a small fortune and a bottle of asprin. I'm not going to say that can't do it by buying used parts, saving money, and cobbing things together b/c you can. It's just that things won't ever work that well. things change over time in the bike world and 11 years is a long time. Since you're talking Regina freewheel you really are a generation or two back.

In the end it is a better option to buy a new bike that has all the features well integrated, plus you get the advantage of the latest technology giving a lighter and better handling ride.

Sit down with a catalog and figure out the price of replacing the entire drive train including the rear wheel. then realize you still have an old bike and will not be able to sell it for anything close to what you have in it. You'd be amazed at what you can get for a little more money, plus you now have a beater for doing errands.
re: another opinionWessley
May 9, 2001 7:15 PM
Grez Mnky makes some good points. You need STI shifters,front and rear derailers that are index compatible,and your freewheel needs to be index compatible.7 or 8 speed STI is possible, but not 9 unless you get rid of the wheel and freewheel. You need 130 dropout spacing for 8 or 9 speed cassettes and if yours is 126mm,aluminum doesn't like to be bent. Things can be cobbed together to work perfectly,but you have to know what you are doing and bike shops probably aren't the place to get it done. They like to sell whole groups so there are fewer issues to resolve if something doesn't work.There are however bike shops which specialize in cobbing stuff together, but you have to search them out and some of what they do may be suspect and you will be tied to them forever for the care and feeding of your bastard creation.Sometimes new just makes more sense,or at least good used stuff which sometimes can be had for less than the cost of the upgrades.
Yet another opinion... (m)BoneDigger
May 11, 2001 12:34 PM
If you like your bike and it feels good to you there's nothing wrong with upgrading the components. I have a 1998 Cannondale R300 with RSX 7 speed STI and I love it. But, before that, I had an older raleigh that I had upgraded and was happy doing so. There are good reasons to upgrade to a newer bike, but if you love your old bike, keep truckin'. Oh, by the way, I may be upgrading the cannondale soon so if you would like some used STI 7 speed drivetrain parts I could probably sell you mine for pretty cheap. My e-mail is