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Upgrading shifters on road bike

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by dougie, 27 Nov 2007.

  1. dougie

    dougie New Member

    Hi,
    I'd like to upgrade the shifters on my Claud Butler Levante as the current Shimano Acera ST-EF35 8-speed STI ones are crap. I have seen shimano R440 8 speed shifters that are rapid fire and I'd like to urgrade to these. Is it a straight forward swap? Would I have to buy new brake levers as
    well?
     
  2. The R440s are perfectly acceptable, however now might be the time to upgrade to nine speed if your cassette and chain are due for replacement. A 9 speed cassette fits on an eight speed freehub and all of your other components willl work acceptably well. A new set of jockey wheels will convert an 8spd mech to 9spd to sharpen up the shifting when they next need replacing.