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7 spd Shimano shifters(10 posts)

7 spd Shimano shiftersjtolleson
Oct 22, 2001 6:44 PM
I have a friend who is an exchange student who has a mid-90s road bike built up with a combination of RSX and Shimano 105. It is a seven speed setup with a triple in front.

She went to do the AIDS ride in Canada and they busted the RSX shift lever during air transport of the bike (she used the cardboard box provided by the airline). The LBS is telling her that 7 spd shifters aren't available and that she'll need to swap out the whole set up for more than $200. This is a kid on a bike that probably isn't worth $400 and doesn't have much $$$.

Any place to buy older Shimano components or any clever solutions to this problem?
Check ebayDave Hickey
Oct 23, 2001 2:36 AM
Check ebay. Both 7 and 8 speed RSX work for 7 speeds. I bought a pair of 8 speed RSX levers for $50.00 about three months ago
try www.thethirdhand.comtanman
Oct 23, 2001 5:11 AM
They sell a lot of replacement parts for Shimano.
re: 7 spd Shimano shiftersRusty Cogs
Oct 23, 2001 5:57 AM
RSX shifters were 7 or 8 speed. 7 speed front shifts a double or triple. 8 speed is double or triple specific for the front.bE SURE WHAT YOU BUY IF THE FRONT IS INVOLVED. 8 speed rear SIT other than DA will shift a 7 speeD cogset, since the 7/8 speed cog spacing is close enough. Check or QBP catalog at www.branfordbike.con. BRENDS ARE CHEAP.
7 spd RSX Shimano shifters from QBPKevin M
Oct 23, 2001 10:56 AM
I have the same RSX 7 speed on my '98 Bianchi Velope. Any LBS that buys from Quality Bicycle Parts (QBP) should be able to order the RSX Right Rear 7-spd STI Lever (~$80) or Left Triple STI Lever (~$100).

Does the triple have 26-36-46 chainrings? Mine does. When I researched upgrading to Tiagra, 105, or Ultegra I found out that the RSX left is the only one that works properly with this "Compact" triple. Almost all other road triples have 30-42-52 chainrings.

Hope this helps,

Kevin M
7 spd RSX Shimano shifters from QBPjtolleson
Oct 23, 2001 11:52 AM
I'm think that it is the compact triple, but I'll have to check. Thanks for the QBP lead.
I think I still have a set she can have...cory
Oct 23, 2001 11:02 AM
If it's a downtube lever (how'd they break THAT?), I have an old RSX-equipped bike that's had bar-end shifters for years, and I think the original levers are out in the garage somewhere. If you'll e-mail me at with an address, and if I can find 'em, I'll stick them in the mail.
STI, unfortunately, but thanksjtolleson
Oct 23, 2001 11:49 AM
That is a really nice gesture!
re: 7 spd Shimano shiftersAl long
Oct 23, 2001 4:58 PM
Harris or Branford bike have 7 speed double or triple Shimano Sora STI shifters.
Good luck,
Sora?Price shop
Oct 24, 2001 8:25 AM
Is the spacing the same?

I know that RSX and Sora are both entry level (from different eras) but I've always heard people complain about the Sora shifting (need to shift from brake hoods, not drops).

Are they comparable in quality? We're taking up a collection to buy her the components, but I don't want to downgrade her bike... I'd rather upgrade a little if we can afford it.