Best friction Shifter (Non indexed)

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by GuyBoden, 16 Apr 2018.

  1. GuyBoden

    GuyBoden Fat, old bloke, on an old bike, pedalling slowly.

    Location:
    Warrington
    I'm wondering what you think has been your best Friction shifter.......

    I like the Suntour Power Shifters.:okay:

    But, the Simplex Retro Friction are supposed to be very good, has anyone used them.
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  2. I like Skol

    I like Skol I'm adamant I haven't got any PPI....

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    XT thumbies :becool:
     
  3. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Shimano Arabesque. They work OK but they're just so lovely to look at.
     
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  4. Saluki

    Saluki I've run away with my friends to..

    Location:
    ...New Tealandia
    I have those on my steel roadie. I like them and they polish up well.
     
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  5. Spiderweb

    Spiderweb Veteran

    Location:
    North Yorkshire
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    I have some Shimano 600 friction shifters on an old 80’s Orbit Thompson, they have been excellent.
     
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  6. STOP LIVING IN THE PAST!!


    ^_^
     
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  7. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Guru

    Location:
    Mars
    Dura Ace bar end shifters rock in friction mode
     
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  8. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    What make were those ratcheting shifters fitted to some higher end Raleighs in the 80's?
     
  9. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    Suntour Powershift ?
     
  10. OP
    OP
    GuyBoden

    GuyBoden Fat, old bloke, on an old bike, pedalling slowly.

    Location:
    Warrington
    The only trouble I've had with Suntour Power shifters is that the small curved piece of hardened steel that holds the ratchet wheel from turning can snap internally.
     
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  11. fr188

    fr188 Active Member

    Location:
    Aberdeenshire
    I wouldn’t go back to down tube shifters, after using bar end shifters, I have the Dura Ace 9 speed ones , & they work brilliantly in friction mode on a 10 speed cassette.
     
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