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  Silver Downtube Shifter Kits - 17101


Made in: Taiwan

product code: SH11

Note: We don't recommend these for 10/11-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.

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: 5   Write a review.

  0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
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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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
not for wet weather July 16, 2012
Reviewer: Ed from Portland, OR  
They look nice and I want to like them.  They work well when they're clean and dry.

If it rains, the rain will wash the lubrication out, and they will start to slip, dumping you into the lowest gear (front) or highest gear (rear).  You can overhaul them with new oil which helps for a month or two.

I use fenders, so this is just water from riding and parking in the rain.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Best February 17, 2012
Reviewer: Andrew from Tampa, FL  
If you are thinking about friction at all, these are the best.
Action is so smooth and they look great.
Racheting action is so nice.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Best friction ever January 10, 2012
Reviewer: apfrancis from Seattle  
Being somewhat of a retrogrouch, I have used friction for many years. First thumb shifters, then suntour barcons, then shimano ultegra bar-ends, and most recently suntour cyclone gt. I liked being able to switch wheels and derailleurs at will but I didn't like ghost shifting and being in between gears and the general stiffish action of friction. And then I tried these. The action is shockingly, incredibly, unbelievably light, and no ghost shifting up even the steepest out of the saddle hills, and for some reason on a 9 sp cassette I have never once been between gears. Get some.

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  0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Plastic? January 2, 2012
Reviewer: Darin from Seattle  
This is actually a question about the shifters, are these shifters made of plastic? Something in the description made me think so but I'm not sure.

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