I haven't ridden in anger since around 2003. I have two bikes which I am trying to return to a roadworthy state. Each has a non-functioning right hand shimano shifter.
- Racing bike: Ultegra 6500 (9-speed), double chainring
- Training/winter/touring bike: 1055 (8-speed), triple chainring
I'm thinking that it would be cost-effective to convert both to shimano 9-speed, as parts (shifters) are likely available second hand, and I have a spare Ultegra 9-speed rear mech that I could stick on my training bike.
Is there a good history of shimano groupsets, so I can work out which 105/Ultegra/Dura-Ace groups were 9-speed?
I see that modern shimano groupsets have handlebar-routed gear cables. Are there any 9-speed compatible shifters which have this? (I remember that there used to be a method for converting campagnolo 10-speed to shimano 9-speed in order to gain this advantage, which I'd be willing to consider if I knew the relevant components.)
In summary, two questions:
- which shimano groupsets were 9-speed?
- do any shimano 9-speed groupsets have handlebar-routed gear cables?
...or please direct me to somewhere that will tell me this information.