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 Post subject: * speed thumbies
PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 9:01 am 
Old School Hero
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Hi,yep XT ultimate retroness wouldn`t use anything else.

Does anybody think thumbies would have been improved with indexed left hand/front shifting ?????


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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 9:03 am 
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...only if you could somehow adjust the indexed front shifter.

I could never get any of my indexed shifters to shift the front mech perfectly without getting some frontmech noise.


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 Post subject: index front thumbies
PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 5:28 pm 
Old School Hero
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shimano tried it in 88 i think with exage mountain, then dropped it til the rabidfires a couple of years later.
I hate front indexing... can never keep it quiet.
I have a sram 11-32 8 speed cassette.
trouble with 9 speed is the tolerance is too tight.
any mud in the system and the gears just jump.
i was about to convert my full susser to 8 speed with deore thumbies when it got stolen.


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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 7:55 pm 
retrobike rider
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re: jez, chain noise
that always bugged me about 3 pos' index shifters, you cant beat friction shifting your front chainrings, i've always had one even with a 'modern' shifter on the right


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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 12:37 am 
retrobike rider
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Isn't that the beauty of the left friction-only shifter? You knew what gear you were in by feel* and you could easily trim.


*Which is why I went back to thumbies ( even on my disc-braked full susser! ). Excellent night-riding capability and a " keep staring ahead " mentality of gear shifting.


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