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Can't afford STI--What's next best thing ?? help ...(5 posts)

Can't afford STI--What's next best thing ?? help ...Matrix
May 26, 2001 8:02 PM
I'm riding a nice LeMond Zurich singlespeed{40-15 t} & it weighs apx 17.5 pounds..
Now if i want gears ,i have a mtn XT 12-32 cassette{255g} & XT long cage rear derailer{255g} i guess i could use indexed downtube shifters or ? any other ideas.. & change my 40-15 gearing to:
46 tooth front/ rear.12-32..I spin real great at 18mph & top out at 24mph & stall out on the seat at 9 mph & must stand & hammer{not very efficient for long rides}......I'm pretty poor right now, but do have the XT stuff!
ActuallySpoke Wrench
May 27, 2001 7:34 AM
Depending on what kind of cable guide your down tube has, it may not be so easy to install a down tube shifter. My advice would be to get a bar end shifter. There is even an adapter available to convert ordinary down tube shifters to bar end use.
I like barcons as well...rattled
May 27, 2001 11:27 PM
No problem if you do not have bosses on the down tube and they just reek of old-school credibility. I seem to recall an adapter in QBP if you want to use down tube shifters though (could be wrong on this?).

I hear chicks dig em' too.

Another vote for barconsCory
May 28, 2001 2:53 PM
I have 'em on both my road bikes (one predates STI; the other got 'em because I had a set in the garage). You can get shifter pods from rivendell that let you use most dt shifters as the levers--$22 from Complete set of barcons is about $55
Barcons= next best thingBrian B.
May 28, 2001 7:14 PM
Dura -Ace 9 speed bar end shifters, with cables and downtube stops, can be had from Nashbar for $55.00.

-Brian B.