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I have a Stem Shimano SIS SL-S441 (2x6) shifter on my bicycle. I want to restore the bicycle, take it apart, repaint it. I'm very much a noob and I've searched for 6 hours and unable to

  1. find the answer to my question so here I am

  2. unable to find another stem indexed shifter that's metal that I could swap out

What are my options? Could I keep the clamp on mine but just buy a shimano indexed shifter with the same speeds that's used on a downtube and just replace that onto my stem clamp (I've seen the clamp sold separately).

Is there a clamp + metal shifter index combo I could purchase to make this happen?

thanks in advance!

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  • Just one tip: 6, 7, 8 and 9 speed shifters all use the same pull ratio. You could try widening your search. You’ll have some unused gear steps but that’s mostly a “cosmetic” issue. – Michael Jul 28 '19 at 9:19
  • Thanks for the tip! I figured that much. But it was mostly replacing the handles I circled in red. Shimano didn't seem to make indexed metal knob quill stem shifters. I have only found downtube ones and wanted to know if I could swap the knobs of downtube onto the clamp of the quill stem and what I should be looking out for for compatibility. – Jessie-James Jul 28 '19 at 18:56
  • If you are going to buy a component to take it apart and adapt to your shifter, why not buy a replacement SL-S441 and install that? they seem to be available to purchase – Swifty Jul 29 '19 at 19:09
  • I ended up buying a Bianchi 1985 vintage that came with Shimano 600 on it, downtube shifters. it's a 6 speed freewheel, from what I understood, I could switch the derailleur to an SIS, get a 6 speed SIS shifter and I'm golden! Can anyone confirm if it's that simple? – Jessie-James Aug 3 '19 at 18:55
  • @Jessie-James : The base or mounting poing for standard lever shifters, either for downtube or on a collar for quill-stem shifters is always a square with a threaded cylinder on top. – Carel Aug 3 '19 at 20:58

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