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  Silver Downtube Shifter Kits - 17101


Made in: Taiwan

Availability: back in stock
product code: SH11

Note: We don't recommend these for 11-speed rigs or with modern SRAM derailers, which have an "actuation" ratio that's different. We haven't tested them with those, and have no interest in those. It's kind of a matter of: Pick your solar system and stick with it, do things that others in that solar system do.

These are the best shifters you'll ever set a hand on. There's nothing like them, and if you think your old SunTour barcons are the bee's knees, bless you, but you're living in dreamland.

Their magic is the Power Ratchet inside. The old SunTours had that, too, but this Power Ratchet is a big improvement over that one (and since that one was already fine, this one...must be superfine.) The shifting is smooth, light, simple, fast, and precise. Indexing, in comparison, seems raucous and archaic. They work with any derailleur, and freewheel, cassette, chain, etc., so you have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you'll never be midway between gears and powerless to do anything about it.

There's a short learning curve, but don't let that scare you. Everybody learns fast with these.

The downtubers come just the shifters, because you don't need all the other monkey business. You'll still need cables and a little piece of housing, though. You may already have them, your LBS definitely does, and we definitely do, too.

Silver shifters now include new and improved washers that are thicker and made out of UV resistant Black or Dark Grey plastic.

Silver shifters are all aluminum, guts various metals, 'cept for the two plastic washers.

NOTE: May not shift properly with SRAM's 9, 10, 11sp mountain, Sram 10 and 11sp road; Shimano mountain 10sp Dynasys, Shimano 11sp road; Campy 10/11sp rear derailers. The movement of the derailer changes dramatically from the 8th to the 9th position. Why'd they do that? Anyway -- just don't use these with those derailers. Some folks will inevitably report that they got some or one of the above to shift with Silvers; the point is we can't recommend it. That said, if you've friction chops dialed, they may work for you.

Here is an instructional video showing you how to mount them to the down-tube boss. Click here to watch.

Rider review:

The ratchet mechanism in my (shimano?) bar ends failed. First I couldn't reach the bottom two gears. Then I couldn't reach the bottom four gears. Then my thighs said "enough!"

Went to fix it by going friction only. No go. Thought I'd work around it by adjusting the cable to give me gears 2 - 5, better to have a limited range of low gears. But wait, all the standard shift cables I have on hand are too short for the 60cm frame I ride. Digging through the parts boxes looking for longer cable I find a set of Silver Downtube shifters intended for another bike.

Parts on hand to create a fully functional bike I go to town on installation. Then I ride and . . . wow. These are great. The shifting is so smooth and the touch to make the shift is so light. Wish I'd done it years ago.

Yay! for a great product.

MR, Portland

Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 9   Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A suggestion... January 16, 2016
Reviewer: Michael Leven from United States  
Would be great if RBW offered a S!LVER down tube shifter boss clamp for 31.8 down tubes to go with these for their bike models that don't have DT shifter bosses brazed on.

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Work fine with SRAM 10 speed MTB for me January 12, 2016
Reviewer: Michael from Bethesda, MD United States  
Since Rivendell has always emphasized the utility of friction shifters for intercompatibility, I was surprised to see the disclaimer about 10/11 speed and modern SRAM at the top of the Silver shifter product page. Seemed worth a shot to me, and indeed they work perfectly on my fat bike with Paul thumbie mounts (plus the Paul Silver adapters), 11-36 10 speed cassette, & SRAM X9 10 speed rear derailleur with clutch. Light action, no slipping, easy to trim, and they pull more than enough cable to shift across the whole gear range.

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Inter-solar system voyage report October 16, 2015
Reviewer: Joseph Morris from Oakland, CA, United States  
These are, of course, the best friction shifters money can buy.  

I willfully defied the guidance in the product description and hooked one of these up to an SRAM X7 mountain derailleur on a 10-speed Shimano casette, 11-42T. The cable actuation is *exactly* what you need and not a tenth of a millimeter more -- I had to fiddle to get the cable at just the right tension, and I have to pull up on the shifter's stop point to get into the lowest gear, but then it stays there without noise or slippage.

While the Rivendell mounting are good for road bars, if you want to put these on 22..2 mm (mountain) bars get some Jagwire BarCon shifter mounts (along with the shim for 22.mm that comes with them); they go together well with these.

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Never let me down September 23, 2015
Reviewer: IndyFabDad from Conway, SC United States  
To remove some of the clutter around the Nitto Noodle handlebar of my AHH, I installed the Silver downtube friction shifter for front derailer only. Do I still go for the bar-end shift and find nothing but air? Yes, because I had become so conditioned to that shift. But the right bar-end shifter is still there.... The problem is, I love both methods. I love the convenience and safety of the bar-end shifter, but I also love using the friction shifter on the downtube: the short cable, the absence of housing, the easy maintenance, the quicker reaction to the fingers, and the elimination of weight. One main reason I bought the AHH rather than the Sam was to have this option. I like the look, I like the smoothness of the shifting, I like the product, the bike, the whole shebang. Friction shifting: nothing like it, and the Silver downtube shifters, like their bar-end counterparts, have never let me down.

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Wanted to love them, but ... April 8, 2014
Reviewer: Fritz Hocking from Chicago, IL United States  
Bottom Line: I need to be securely in gear, quickly.  A reliable solution exists: SIS (Riv sells the excellent Shimano barend shifters.)

The Blah, Blah:  I fondly remember installing a set of Sun Tour Power Ratchet downtube shifters on my bike in the mid-'70s, so I have sentimental attachment to this kind of shifter.

Most of my riding these days is inner-city: insanely crowded bike path 20-to-100 yards from a loud 6-lane road (Chicago/LSD); or in traffic with buses and lots of cars. Also, I'm in my mid-50s and -- I hate to admit it -- probably have some hearing loss.

Basically, I can't HEAR whether I'm in gear a lot of the time, and find myself fishing for the correct "trim" with friction shifters.  That second or two it takes to trim the rear derailleur makes a big difference in my riding comfort / sense of security.

So, I reinstalled my beautifully scuffed-up Shimano rear bar end, and kept the new Silver for the front rings.  A nice, functional (and funky) set up!

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