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Ultegra Short-Reach Shifters(5 posts)

Ultegra Short-Reach Shifterswilly2351
Dec 14, 2003 10:53 AM
I am buying some Ultegra components for my wife and am considering getting the short-reach shifters (ST-R600) because she has small hands. She is currently using standard Shimano shifters without too much trouble, but thinks that she might like the short-reach version better. Hardly anyone sells the short-reach model, which makes me think that hardly anyone uses them. If anyone has experience with the Ultegra short-reach shifters or otherwise has an opinion about whether it makes sense to put them on a good bike, I would appreciate your input.

Thanks much!
Have not used the R600s, but...TFerguson
Dec 14, 2003 4:17 PM
I have modified Ultegras in the same way. The only downsides I have are:

- Since the levers are part way open, they act like little air scoops sucking dirt into the insides of the shifters. I beleive the R600s have a shim that fills this opening so that this would not be a problem.

- Since you are using up part of the cable pull, you have much less cable pull to adjust the brakes. Makes the adjustment kind of touchy. If you like them close to begin with, it won't be any different.

Keep us informed.

My wife uses them.Al1943
Dec 14, 2003 4:37 PM
She likes them better than her old Ultegras. Actually all of the OCLV Trek WSD bikes come equiped with the R600's, so they should be pretty common now. I expect some of the other WSD's have them too.
re: Ultegra Short-Reach Shiftersrwsh
Dec 14, 2003 4:59 PM
My wife has just got a Trek 5200 "Woman specific" and really likes the Ultegra short reach levers. I think Dura Ace also comes that way. Sadly, Campy does not. William
"Ultegra short reach levers...", you mean the R600, right? (nm)TFerguson
Dec 14, 2003 6:19 PM