Swap down-tube shifters for combined brake ones?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by lemmy, 18 Apr 2010.

  1. palinurus

    palinurus Legendary Member

    At that price why not?

    Surprising what downtube shifters can fetch too.
  2. Hacienda71

    Hacienda71 Mancunian in self imposed exile in leafy Cheshire

    Wilmslow, Cheshire
    I like friction/down tube shifters as you can trim them while riding.
  3. RecordAceFromNew

    RecordAceFromNew Swinging Member

    West London
    Actually I think most Campag components that are 20+ years old are now appreciating in price over time, many doubled over the past 3 years, IME.
  4. nuovo_record

    nuovo_record Well-Known Member

    i was surprised too!
    i like the fact that i don't have to take my hands off the bars especially on a fast downhill, where i'd like to change gear
  5. g00se

    g00se Über Member

    i think you can get replacement indexed downtube shifters too.
  6. jimboalee

    jimboalee New Member

    I costed an upgrade to an old 531 steel framed bike.

    I wanted Shimano Tiagra 9 speed and a triple chainset.

    Bought a brand new Dawes Giro 500 instead.
  7. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    I'd say get the Holdsworth and see how it goes with the downtube shifters. That would be a seriously good £100 worth and a properly nice ride. And you'll be surprised how quickly the shifters become absolutely second nature. Basically, going STI is going to involve a lot of cost and hassle. Is it really worth it? I'd say no.
  8. nuovo_record

    nuovo_record Well-Known Member

    what model holdsworth out of interest?
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