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building bike . .. how about right STI only?(4 posts)

building bike . .. how about right STI only?bm
May 27, 2003 11:37 PM
got a great deal on a '99 Caad3. was orginally going to set it up as a touring bike, but i think now i might make it a 2nd race frame.
anyhow, saw a deal for a $59 right-only ultegra STI shifting lever. so i was thinking i'd use a downtube for the front derail and the ultegra STI for the rear. i know it's possible, but i was wondering if anyone else uses this setup up. i couldn't tell myself, but someone told me Lance A rides like this. (i thought I could save some $money$ and weight)

lastly, if anyone has any suggestions for building on the '99 CAAD3, please post.

thanks
re: building bike . .. how about right STI only?Rusty Coggs
May 28, 2003 4:40 AM
Lance uses a downtube shifter on his mountain stage ride.
re: building bike . .. how about right STI only?desmo
May 28, 2003 9:52 PM
I set up my bike with a right hand Ergo and left side friction downtube. Saves a bit of weight, looks cool (at least to me), and works fine. I see no sacrifice, and actually think you get a more postive, fast shift for the front der with a friction downtube. Plus crits are big ring only so no problems there.
re: building bike . .. how about right STI only?Chris3212
May 31, 2003 2:32 PM
Building a bike with a right STI only is a great idea. Unfortunately, I think Shimano and Campy discourages it. I wanted to do that with a Campy Ergo right-only lever and the bike shops say that they can't even get them like that (pairs only, please). I think that it makes Campy and Shimano look bad (to them, anyway) like thier brake/shift levers don't work right or something, especially when racing fans see bikes set up like this on TV (Olympics, TdF, etc) and VeloNews.