Questions tagged [downtube-shifter]

Shifter levers on the downtube of your bike frame.

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Ross 294S Shifting Overhaul, Help

first post here. Getting in to road cycling, bought an old Ross 294S steelie with downtube friction shifters. Want to switch to a brifter system. I’ve watched a bunch of vids and googled but can’t ...
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Help me identify downtube shifter boss type

I think I received this frame with standard Shimano cable stops, but they don't seem to fit. Also, I couldn't found this shape of downtube bosses anywhere. The problem seems to be with the non-...
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Which shifters are compatible with dura ace 740x?

I've read that Shimano updated the cable pull ratio on their other series early on but not for Dura-Ace until 1997 with the 7700. Which downtube shifting levers are compatible with their 7400/7401/...
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Can't get lowest gear and derailleur shifts on its own

I have a bike with downtube friction shifters and a 5 speed freewheel. When I bought the bike a while ago the shifters weren't connected so I did it myself. At this point it all worked fine. I took it ...
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Shimano 105 front derailleur, Sugino crank and large chain ring, chain touches the derailleur cage

Why does the chain on Shimano 105 front derailleur with Dura-Ace downtube front shifter touch the derailleur cage with the Sugino large chain ring? The outer limit screw does not move it far enough. ...
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Shimano SL-7700 (nine speed) down tube shifters. Index only?

I'm considering buying these. There is confusion about whether the RH (RD) shifter can be switched between index and friction. Dealers and users give conflicting or unclear information. They WERE ...
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How to replace downtube shifters with stem shifters?

My bicycle has clamped downtube shifters that I would like to replace with stem shifters. Is it as straightforward as replacing the downtube shifters with cable stops, then running cable to the stem ...
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Bought a Vintage Bianchi 1985 road racer, came with Shimano 600, can I easily turn it into index shifting?

As my title says bought a: Bianchi 1985 vintage in almost mint condition Shimano 600, 12 speed (2x6) with freewheel, friction shifters I'd like to turn it into an index shifter. Do I just swap out ...
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Problems with cheap housings

So, I converted my road bike from downtube shifters to STI brifters, and I noticed that the cable housings don't sit properly in the downtube cable stops, do you think that would be a problem ? EDIT:...
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Shimano downtube shifters 3x7 speed

I have an old road bike with 3x7 speed and STI levers. I need to downgrade it because I can't reach the levers due to my small hands. What downtube shifters can I buy to that will work with my ...
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Downtube shifters won't stay in low gear on rear derailleur

I've finished a bike restoration today and it's my first time using downtube shifters. They work and will span the full range of gears but won't stay in the big cog on the back for long, the shifter ...
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Question about Shifters

I have a bike with lever/downtube shifters. I hate them, feel like they don't stay in gear for more than 10 minutes at a time, and would prefer a bike that has preset gears. Is there a way to get the ...
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What are the steps required to revert from STI shifters to friction shifters?

I'm curious about trying friction shifters out for my commutes – especially since I had a shifter cable mishap recently that cost me a lot more time than it should have. My commuter is a '70s road ...
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Installing downtube shifters with no clamp

I am trying to convert my Schwinn Mountain bike into a road bike. I bought a set of Shimano SL-SY20A 3 (2) x 7 Speed Down-Tube Shifters. they have a clamp attached but my downtube is very wide and the ...
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Changing Campy index downtube shifters to 'only' do friction shifting

How do you change Campy down tube C-Record indexed shifters to be friction shifters? I don't like index shifters as they limit your options with the cassette you can use. Mine are Campagnolo Veloce.
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Different types of down tube shifter mounts

I wish to adapt down tube friction shifters to my frame. As shown in image 1, the frame is equipped with eyelets for this purpose. Image 1 My down tube Image 2 shows the shifter in question (I ...
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Preventing downtube cable stops from sliding out of place

I've got a vintage road bike with no braze-ons for shift cables: Instead, it's got a cable stop holding the cables against the downtube and parallel to the chainstays. Unfortunately, it seems to slide ...
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Friction-shift (rear) always changing up the gears

I have an old french touring bike (from the 70s or 80s) with downtube friction shifters. I recently had it serviced, and ever since there's been a constant pressure on the rear gears which means they ...
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shifting (hah!) from downtube to integrated shifters

My old racing bike has 1991-era Ultegra, but I have gradually accumulated a nearly complete set of Dura Ace 7402 (mostly new in box) and plan to upgrade the bike. 7402 was a transitional release and ...
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What's the strongest way to bond a cable stop to an aluminum frame?

I recently picked up another well loved GT road bike frame- it's in great shape aside from a missing downtube cable stop. The model is a ZR 4000 probably from 1999, it's 7005 heat treated aluminum. My ...
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I'm evaluating how to best match a new handset and rear wheel to a vintage rebuild [closed]

My first bike after move to Japan. Picked up an old 520 Cro-MO frame by Tsunoda - Grand Prix , minimal rust and decent paint. It had some old Suntour VX derailleurs, aluminum-far-too-narrow drop bar ...
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Ambidextrous backup downtube shifter for touring?

I'm heading out on a long tour soon on a bike with Shimano STI shifters. That choice was intentional as I don't like bar-ends. However, I notice the gear cables run through stops at downtube shifters ...
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Converting 80s bike to indexed shifters

I've just bought an early 80s steel framed bike with unindexed stem mounted shifters. As I plan to use the bike for commuting, I'd like to change the rear mech to use trigger shifters. I'm not so ...
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Unknown shifter mount

This screw goes thru the frame (downtube) to hold two shimano 7speed (indexed) shifters. Apparently, one of the bolts is screwed and needs to be replaced. Problem is that the guy who owns the bike ...
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Shift lever and boss (mount point) compatibility matrix

I've looked online, but haven't found one. Is there any sort of "matrix" available that puts shift lever boss type on one axis and shift lever on the other, and remarks on each pair's compatibility? ...
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How can I stop my shifters slipping when climbing?

I'm having trouble with my rear mech and/or shifters. Under heavy load (say, when climbing) the rear mech is slipping. The two photos below show my shifters before and after a climb. I've not touched ...
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Downtube friction shifters for 11 speed

I'm planning to build a steel lugged frame and equip it with downtube friction shifting. My question is: Do Dura Ace 7900 downtube shifters come with friction mode? The left lever does not have a D-...
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Can I use friction shifters with a clutch style rear derailleur?

Can I use friction shifters with a clutch style rear derailleur like the 2014 Shimano Deore M615 Shadow Plus? Or does this put extra tension on the shift cable that will cause slips with a friction ...
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Change the angle of the arc of downtube / stem shifter lever to make it an alternative thumb shifter?

I want to mount the following SunRace clamp-on shifter set horizontally as a "thumb" shifter on a straight MTB handlebar (22.2mm). I will remove the left lever and only use the right with the clamp. ...
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Can I run a SRAM road rear derailleur with downtube shifters?

Can I run a SRAM road (apex/rival/force/red) rear derailleur with downtube shifters? I though you might be able to mount the bar-end shifters on downtube, but it seems like they are a ratcheting ...
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Installing downtube shifters on a bike with no bosses or cable stops

Following up on the same bike as my previous question, we were able to get it cleaned up an running very well at the end of last summer. My brother has been riding it for a few months now and the ...
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Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?

My grandpa gave me his old 1974 Raleigh International (all original Campy) as a graduation present. Since the stock wheels are for tubular tires, and I do want to ride it around town, I want to get ...
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New stem, bars & shifters on old Bridgestone 700

I recently bought a 1980's Bridgestone 700. I have trouble feeling confident on this bike between the narrow drop bars and the downtube shifter. This is my all-steel commuter and I'd like to put ...
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How do I efficiently shift gears on a road bike with downtube shifters?

I have bought a vintage Campagnolo road bike, so the shifters are on the down tube. I own a mountain bike and i am used to changing gears on that one, but don't know the proper technique to change on ...