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question re: downtube shifters conversion(5 posts)

question re: downtube shifters conversionWagnerite
Jan 6, 2002 11:05 PM
I was wondering if the downtube shifters will fit on recent bikes...
I have a KG281, and getting sick of STI's shifter cables. I don't like the rear shifter cable making contact with the front brake cable, and i like the cleaner look of downtube shifters... any way to make this conversion or am i stuck wit STI's forever?

If the conversion is impossible, i have a Trek 2200 (1999) alu frame that needs one of the seat stays replaced... I know of a local frame builder that can do the repair job for a good price... can he weld on some DT shifter bosses on while he is repairing my frame?
re: question re: downtube shifters conversionHigh Gear
Jan 7, 2002 2:20 AM
I think your stuck. The KG281, not only the fact it being carbon but the down tube is box shaped. Have you looked into Campagnolo? Campy looks a lot cleaner, all the cables run under the bar tape.
re: Use barends...nmRusty Coggs
Jan 7, 2002 7:03 AM
Bar-ends work for me, toocory
Jan 7, 2002 8:23 AM
I have 'em on two bikes, and I like them enough that I've never gotten around to converting to STI.
re: question re: downtube shifters conversiongtx
Jan 7, 2002 9:09 AM
don't know much about that frame, but if the cable stops are on or near the headtube, you can often cross the cables--ie the rear der cable goes to the left side and then crosses back under the downtube. This often makes for a cleaner setup. I do this on my Ibis mtb.