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Are 10 speed down tube shifters available?(17 posts)

Are 10 speed down tube shifters available?High Gear
Aug 16, 2003 8:12 PM
I've been giving some thought to building a vintage frame (Merckx, De Rosa etc.) up with new 10 speed Record but with down tube shifters and Record carbon brake levers (link below). It would look like a retro bike from a distance but funky new up close.
Yes!the bull
Aug 17, 2003 3:55 AM
They are for aero bars or bar ends.
Not sure if they come apart and install on the frame's downtube but I think they would.
Do you have the frame yet?
I was going to build up my frame Like that but I found a much ceaper build.
For 475 bucks I got a complete Veloce group and wheelset.
In 10 speed dollars that will get you the levers, shifters,brakes and a cassette.
Yes!High Gear
Aug 17, 2003 5:19 AM
I don't have the frame yet. I saw a early 89'Merckx in my size 62 c to c on eBay but he wanted too much for the starting bid $390. No one bid on it. I'm looking every day. I'm getting the components from a friend that is upgrading to the new 10 speed Ultra in about a month. I know the shifters your talking about, I think they call them barcon shifters or something like that. I don't think they would work. My other option would be to put the 10 on one of my other bikes and put the 9 on the new retro frame. I know I can get 9sp. down tube shifters from You got a great deal on the Veloce + wheels. What frame did you put them on?
also think abouttoomanybikes
Aug 17, 2003 7:56 AM
the fact that the frame for a bike that was not built for 10 speed may have to be spread.

a mid to late 80's frame is likely built for 7 or 8 speed and will have to be spread for 10 speed.

Since d/tube shifters will only work in friction mode why not really make a "retro" bike and build it 8 speed.

I just finished rebuilding an old bike of mine as a 7 speed - did it all off ebay and it is a beautiful ride now.
My newest toy!the bull
Aug 17, 2003 9:06 AM
You can get the group for 475$ from
go through this site here in hot deals and get a coupon for free shipping.
Here is the frame it a old specalized I got for free after I took all the Dura-Ace off and put on a new frame for the owner.
Not toothe bull
Aug 17, 2003 9:13 AM
shabbythe bull
Aug 17, 2003 9:14 AM
for athe bull
Aug 17, 2003 9:16 AM
specializedthe bull
Aug 17, 2003 9:17 AM
No!Mike Prince
Aug 17, 2003 5:33 AM
Bar-cons cannot be mounted on a downtube shifter boss.

Campy does not make 10-speed downtube levers.

No???Rusty Coggs
Aug 17, 2003 6:12 AM
I haven't tried mine on a downtube,but the boss on the shifter pod the levers mount to looks like the standard downtube boss.
No???Rusty Coggs
Aug 17, 2003 6:36 AM
I just mounted the rear one on a spare Colnaglo frame.They mount ok and go click,click,but there are no stops to prevent going beyond 10 clicks in either direction,but the limit screws would handle that.
Shifting with downtube shifters?aerox
Aug 17, 2003 7:38 AM
Are the downtube shifters INDEXING(Sycro) or FRICTION?
I've seen some 9spd Campy Sycro2 shifters on eBay and I wasn't sure if they have the FRICTION mode on them.
I would like to build a 2004 Campy Chorus (10spd) with Record carbon lever & downtube shifters...just to be different!
Here's a Giant TT bike with downtube shifters on the aero bars (not barcons)!
I'm not sure if its a 9 or 10 spd?
Did you see the brake calipers on that TT bike!???High Gear
Aug 17, 2003 8:17 AM
What are they? Is this something from Campy that was not intended for our eyes?
Shifting with downtube shifters?Rusty Coggs
Aug 17, 2003 8:27 AM
Current Campy stuff is index only. Shimanos have an index and friction mode. Because of the close cog spacing with 10 speed,shifting with friction would be sketchy and would work better with a shifter with a small barel diameter that would pull less cable for incremental movemnt,giving better 'feel'.
You can save a little cash...Andy M-S
Aug 17, 2003 7:28 AM
The Record brake levers are nice, but I didn't have the money, so I gutted a pair of cheap Mirage Ergos--and now, I have brake levers that are almost as light as Record. Saved about $50...
use just one..desmo
Aug 17, 2003 8:29 AM
vintage Campy downtube for the front der. and the Ergo shifter for the rear. This gives one foot in the classic relm and still retains the performance of the Ergo's where it matters. looks, neat, and is light. only dud, is you can't buy singles of the Record carbon brake levers. I bought a pair and used the extra on my fixie. also, if you must have two downtubes, you can shift the 10 speed with a vintage friction d/t. I have my 9 speed rain bike set up that way. works well but the tight spacing makes it pretty hard to shift just one cog at a time, especially in "race" type situations. but it is nice being able to shift the whole cassette with just one long pull on the lever!