STI v Downtube shifters

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  • Not common, I probably let it happen more than it should. More frequent when the front rack is loaded and I'm not paying attention.

  • I use friction DT levers on 9-speed without any problems; if you're not racing, I don't think it's an issue if you have to fiddle with the lever slightly to get the trim right.

  • Anyone had any experience with the Dia Compe ENE DT shifters... friction but
    able to work with 10 speed cassettes according to the manufacturer. Any good? Look to work on a similar mo as the Simplex Retrofriction levers but not quite as nice.

  • Hi,
    I have used Shimano D/T levers in friction mode in the past widely.
    Specifically, a pair of ultegra 6 speed index which I used on a 9 speed cassette.
    It all worked perfectly well. I like this setup for touring as there is nothing to sort out - any problems are usually cable related and therefore easily replaceable.
    So you if your a bit brassic just look for an older pair of shifters.

  • Due to circumstances, I am not brassic but thanks for the tip.

  • I got the DA SL7900 10 speed DT shifters in the end...thank you one and all for your advice and friendly suggestions.

  • I have used a variety of friction levers and much prefer them to indexed downtube shifters. This thread makes me want to use them again.

    I did have my old trek running 10 speed with friction shifters. Indexing was not needed as getting into the right gear was easy.

    Simplex retro friction is perfection. I ride the bike with these tomorrow.

  • Campagnolo also made retrofriction downtube shifters.
    They made a few Nuovo Record style that are extremely rare, and some in the C-Record style that show up on EBay now and then. I have a pair of the C-Record version and they are very nice.

    I tried Portacatena in 1979 or so.... It takes up space betweem the dropout and freewheel so it might be difficult to install on a new build.

  • Simplex retrofriction are excellent....until the 'friction' went. The trick was to run an elastic band (through the loop in the lever) to the bottle cage on the downtube!

  • DT shifters a pita.

    They will affect the frequency with which you’ll change gears and you’ll end up “making do” at times you would otherwise have shifted IMO.

    They do look nice, very instagrammable.

  • Sometimes, I over shift.

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STI v Downtube shifters

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