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convert Ultegra shifter double to triple?(13 posts)

convert Ultegra shifter double to triple?anaerobic Max
Oct 25, 2002 4:33 AM
how can i adjust my ultegra lever so it works for triple cranks? is there any internet-link? or does somebody have the manual?
EasySpoke Wrench
Oct 25, 2002 5:00 AM
You don't have to do anything to the shifter. As a double you get two shifting positions for each chainring. As a triple you get one position for the granny, two for the middle and one for the big ring. Getting everything set up correctly sometimes takes a little fussing, but it works fine.
Easyanaerobic Max
Oct 25, 2002 5:22 AM
wow, thanks. so, once again: all i have to get is a triple front derailleur, instead of the double (i found it out when it didnt work)
Oct 25, 2002 5:53 AM
And you'll also need a triple rear derailleur and triple bottom bracket.
EasyRusty Coggs
Oct 25, 2002 11:33 AM
Triple rear derailer is not an absolute requiement.Particularly if one limits the small cogs when in the granny.
De Facto Choicegrzy
Oct 25, 2002 2:48 PM
When you brain fart, shift into too big a cog, and bend the small cage rear deraileur you'll have the opportunity to re-think your decision when you buy a new one. Been there, done that, wasn't fun.
De Facto ChoiceRusty Coggs
Oct 25, 2002 4:01 PM
Sorry not to follow your thinking.Use the big ring and next to biggest cog often .No problems.The derailer will shift the big cog no problem and the chain is long enough for that combo.Even the short cage will weap all of the few smallest cogs on some cogsets when in the granny. The long cage wraps chain.What am I missing.Maybe you had some other brainfart.
b-screw adjustment?ThirtyFive
Oct 25, 2002 6:58 PM
perhaps a b-screw adjustment error? that could cause 'intimacy' between the jockey wheel and large cog
Actually,Spoke Wrench
Oct 26, 2002 7:10 AM
As long as the chain is long enough to cover the big/big combination, you won't have that problem. What will happen is, if you try to use a too small rear cog with the granny, you won't have adequate slack take up which will probably make funny noises and remind you to shift up to the middle ring.
Actually,Rusty Coggs
Oct 26, 2002 3:38 PM
Right on.I use short cage on all my road triples.No problems.Granny is just a bailout.
Oh, Never Mind!grzy
Oct 28, 2002 11:04 AM
I was under the assumption that you'd set your drive train up such that when in the small/small combo there would be *no* slack in the chain as is the norm. When you then accidentially shift into the big/big combo you'll lock up your drive train and bend your rear deraileur.

I guess I can't figure out what you gain by not using the rear derailuer designed for the tripple drive train when one considers the compromises that must be made, but hey, that's just me. ;-) I tend to brain fart a bunch on long rides that feature lots of vertical where a triple would actually be required.
Oh, Never Mind!Rusty Coggs
Oct 28, 2002 5:12 PM
I never considered setting the chain length on the small/small the norm. No comprimises from where I sit. The granny is a bailout and no need to use the small cogs when there.Besides I save a few grams and can use a nifty DA 8 speed rear deralier on my 8 speed setups with 9 speed bar end shifters.Freaks people out.Just different strokes.
Should work fine! n/mcurlybike
Oct 25, 2002 5:53 AM