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8 Speed Owners(12 posts)

8 Speed OwnersRoofgoat
Feb 24, 2002 4:38 PM
Anyone own an 8 speed road bike? Reason I ask is that my right shifter needs replacing (STI). There are NO 8 speed shifters anywhere except a Saro(sp?) brand and it is not the original design shifter-in-brake. There is a small switch-like piece.

I checked local and net shops, nothing. So what do 8 speeders do, all change drivetrain to 9spd?. Pretty lousy.
re: 8 Speed OwnersRusty Coggs
Feb 24, 2002 5:15 PM
Did you try www.branfordbike.com or www.harriscyclery.com
re: 8 Speed OwnersDuke249
Feb 25, 2002 3:06 AM
Watch Ebay. I see 8 speed stuff all the time.
My solutionvitusdude
Feb 25, 2002 4:44 AM
I use downtube shifters.
Or barconsRay
Feb 25, 2002 5:45 AM
which put the shifter closer to your hands. I have barcons on all but one bike and the ONLY disadvantage I can find is shifting while standing on the pedals, which STI/Ergo make much easier. Otherwise, the barcons are just as easy and quick to use, cheaper, simpler, more durable, and they have a friction mode that can save your bacon if something goes south somewhere else in the drivetrain.

-Ray
Second the barcons--also, check Riv or Loose Screws...cory
Feb 25, 2002 7:55 AM
I have barcons on two bikes (shoot, one's a SEVEN speed), and they work fine. If you want to stick with what you have, though, check www.loosescrews.com or www.rivendellbicycles.com. I think I saw some old stuff there.
Now Cory...Ray
Feb 25, 2002 12:04 PM
You DON'T send someone to Rivendell in search of STI levers, even the "retro" 8-speed models - they'll come out of there with friction shifters and will ditch the 8-speed setup for a 5-speed freewheel with a half-step setup :) :)

-Ray
get a nine speed shifter.....battaglin
Feb 25, 2002 4:47 AM
with a little tweaking you can get them to work on a 8spd drivetrain, the rear der. limit stops will stop at eight. later on you could piecemeal upgrade to a complete nine speed set-up. I have done this before, with my road bike and my mtb.
re: 8 Speed OwnersLC
Feb 25, 2002 10:45 AM
I have 2 old bikes with 8 speed. One has Ultegra/600 STI shifters and another uses RSX 7 speed STI shifters so technically it is 7 speed with 8 speed cassette. I just use a 11 tooth cog as a spacer/decoration and don't really miss it. The RSX shifters just will not die! I like the way both of the 8 speed STI shift better than my new Dura Ace and Ultegra 6510 shifters on my newer bikes. I would not choose to race with the 8 speed, because I do like the extra cog and the lighter weight of the entire 9 speed system, but when I am not racing I prefer the 8 speed. Good old steel just out lasts the newer plasic stuff by far, with the only downside of a little weight, but the parts in a STI shifter are so small that it is not that big a difference. The levers and entire assemble is much more solid feeling, unlike the flimsy plastic feeling of the newer stuff.

The RSX line moved to RSX-100 which I think is 8 speed, so look for one of those as a good and cheap replacement. The 8 speed 105 and 600 is not bad either though. I agree that the newer Sora stuff is not up to the quality of the older 8 speed shifters, and the Campy-like switch does not cut it either. I would look around for a used shifter...it will be worth the effort. I would not try to use a 9 speed STI shifter on a 8 speed cassette as the cable pull is different and just "adjusting the limit screws" will not make it shift properly.
you mean Sora?cyclopathic
Feb 25, 2002 4:57 PM
if you don't like Sora then check eBay, licton or Sheldon Brown

If you deside to upgrade to 9sp all you'd need is cass, shifter and 9sp chain. Rest should work fine
re: 8 Speed Ownersfuzzybunnies
Feb 25, 2002 7:50 PM
I have a 105 right lever that is never used that I would let go for 75.00. Email me if you're interested. Russ
re: 8 Speed Ownersfuzzybunnies
Feb 25, 2002 7:54 PM
forgot to add, my email is fuzzybunnies@pot.com russ