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    • CommentAuthorMtbfixed
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2014
     
    Hello,I've just installed these on my Bridgestone 300 with Origin 8 Gary 2 bars.I don't ride cyclocross but really like the idea of a beefed up brake shifter combo that can be used in full friction mode.I mainly ride on the hoods and find these really comfortable.They seem to work really well although I have only test ridden them up and down the street as I am waiting on a new wheelset.My set up is a double chainring with a 7 speed freewheel,this keeps the old at 126mm for a drop in fit to my old frame.I don't need any more gears than that anyway.Have any of you used any of Retroshift's components?I like their ideas.
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    Have not, but I'd like to test them out.
    • CommentAuthorchku
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2014
     
    My friend James had them on his Serotta, before realising they would be perfect for CX (he is racing A-grade/Nationals etc). He liked them so much that he ended up buying a few sets and selling them to other 'cross racers. One set went on a mad Salsa titanium adventure bike. Being able to sweep/dump the cassette is really good, and they are surprisingly ergonomic, although I think bar-cons are fine for a tourer.
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    To be honest, they seem to be nothing more than the classic barend shifters, here mounted onto aero brake levers. In fact, I used to have Suntour barend shifters in friction mode with Shimano 600 'Tricolor' aero levers and a set of old campy SR derailleurs, also with 126mm rearwidth and a 7sp freewheel. It came like that from a former CX professional, and shifting worked like a charm. Unfortunately, the frame -tiny glued together aluminum tubes- was wobbly by the time it had reached me. The cool thing: All cables ran in 'aero-mode', completely underneath the tape.

    P.S.: For another bike, btw, I am about to figure out if another set of friction shifters is capable of a Shimano 10sp. In the long run I had been aiming at 10sp 'brifters', but now they are disturbingly making even the '105' groupset ELEVEN-speed ! ...Well, some might call that 'progress', but I doubt it is.
    • CommentAuthorMtbfixed
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2014
     
    Yes they are and thats what they claim to be.A beefed up Tektro aero lever with a bar end or down tube shifter mounted to a custom machined mount.You can buy just the levers and use your existing shifters if you already have them.Retroshift also has applications for V brakes as well as mechanical disc.Their AUDAX model is for retro bikes with a pewter plated lever.I like their stuff.
 
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