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Converting to STI ???(4 posts)

Converting to STI ???Pricey
May 6, 2002 12:42 PM
I have an old road bike that I have sprayed up and started using. It all feels ok but having 10 gears and down tube shifters is a real pain after my MTB. Is it a viable option to convert to STI (I know I can buy all the bits but will it work ??)
Any past experiences, thoughts or any other comments would be greatly appreciated.
PS I am based in the UK
Maybeboneman
May 6, 2002 1:09 PM
If you're running a 5 speed/6speed narrow freewheel in the back, your rear triangle spread is 120mm. For the newer 8/9 (Shimano/Campy) or 10 (Campy), you'll need to have someone spread the frame to 130mm. If you're running a 6 speed/7 speed narrow freewheel, you've got a 126mm and can probably get away with not spreading the frame although it's worth the trouble.

The 8 speed stuff has been discontinued although you might be able to still find some. The answer is that the currently available STI stuff will work provided you deal with the spacing of the rear axle.

I live in London and would recommend Condor in town, or Chas Roberts, a framebuilder, or Geoffrey Butler, both in Croydon, to spread the rear triangle. Out west, there's Argos in Bristol and up North, there are a load of builders who can help. Where are you located?
re: Converting to STI ???Pricey
May 6, 2002 3:18 PM
Thanks for the info. I am based in Birmingham.
Try Bar-End (Friction) Shifters (nm)timfire
May 7, 2002 4:26 AM
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