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Converting friction shifters to SIS or STI shifters

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Asked by: Donald Wallace

Can you use friction shifters with any derailleur?

Any derailleur will work with a friction shifter.

Are friction shifters universal?

Friction shifters have a higher learning curve and require more conscious effort. However, they’re almost universally compatible, extremely durable, and often cheap to replace.

How do you upgrade downtube shifters?


Quote from video: I'm going to show you how to update a vintage bike from down tube style shifters to STI type shifters or brif ders where the brake lever and the shifter are all contained in one unit. Here.

Are friction shifters good?

Conclusion: – Using friction shifters will dramatically reduce the chance of shifter failure on a bike tour. It is simple and easy to change gears and also just as simple and easy to tune.

Do friction shifters click?

Friction shifters are a sliding scale of control. There’s no clicking. You simply push or pull the lever to slide your derailleur up or down. Again, you have one lever for the front and one for the rear.

Are thumb shifters any good?

5. Thumb shifters – This was the standard shifter on mountain bikes three generations ago. The stress on the thumb is greater than all the other shifters, and these would likely cause some hand issues over time. I would recommend people to stay away from these.

Can I use 11 speed derailleur with 9 speed cassette?

With Campagnolo, yes. From 9 to 11 speeds, cable pull is the same.

How do STI shifters work?

Shimano Total Integration (STI) shifters use a split-lever design to change gears. A small lever just behind the brake lever shifts the chain onto a smaller cog, while the whole brake lever can be pushed to the side to shift to a larger cog.

What are the two types of shifters?

There are two main types of MTB derailleur shifter: trigger shifters and the less common twist shifters. Trigger shifters: Also known as ‘rapidfire’ shifters, these are located below the handlebar. Riders use a thumb button to shift to larger sprockets and a small index-finger operated ‘trigger’ to downshift.

What is the meaning of STI in bike?

Shimano Total Integration

Shimano Total Integration (STI) is a gearshift system designed by Shimano for racing bicycles. It combines the braking and gear shifting controls into the same component. This allows shifting gears without having to remove a hand from the bars, unlike previous down tube shifting systems.

Can I change my bike shifters?

There are several types of shifters, but they all operate on this same principle. Although reasonably durable, shifters do eventually wear out. Replacing them is not difficult if you are comfortable with basic hand tools and mechanical concepts.

What is indexed shifting?

In indexed shifting, there are notches in the shift lever that regulate the movement, and when everything is in harmony, a skill-less person shifts perfectly. Friction shifting is shifting without the notches.

What is the point of bar end shifters?

Bar end shifters on the end of the aero bars means the rider can stay in the most aerodynamic position and also change gear. This makes the rider much more efficient, saves energy moving around, and keeps them in the low down fast position.

What does Revoshift friction do?

The Shimano Revoshift is a much smoother, easier to use alternative…but you must have the “friction” front shifter. This allows you to operate just two chainrings. It’s a simple and effective setup. This way, I don’t have to lug a heavy triple crankset and mountain derailleurs around.

What is a downtube shifter?

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What is the difference between index and friction shifting?

Friction shifting is shifting without indexing. In indexed shifting, there are notches in the shift lever that regulate the movement, and when everything is in harmony, a skill-less person shifts perfectly. Friction shifting is shifting without the notches.

What is the friction gear for?

This type of gear consists of two of more wheels. These wheels are normally covered in leather or rubber. The covering in a flat faced gear allows the gear to produce more friction as the wheels come into contact with one another. Frictional engagement can also be increased by adjusting the wheels.

What does Revoshift friction do?

The Shimano Revoshift is a much smoother, easier to use alternative…but you must have the “friction” front shifter. This allows you to operate just two chainrings. It’s a simple and effective setup. This way, I don’t have to lug a heavy triple crankset and mountain derailleurs around.

What is a downtube shifter?

Downtube shifters are shift levers mounted on the downtube of the bicycle. Not everybody will feel comfortable taking their hand completely off the handlebar in order to shift but for those of us who don’t mind doing so, downtube shifters offer the most minimalistic of gear shifting solutions.

Can I change my bike shifters?

There are several types of shifters, but they all operate on this same principle. Although reasonably durable, shifters do eventually wear out. Replacing them is not difficult if you are comfortable with basic hand tools and mechanical concepts.

How do you use old gear shifters?

Quote from video: Move the chain away from you when you move the chain away from you it becomes harder to pedal. But you go faster. The easiest way to remember with all these multiple gear.