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 Post subject: Simplex 'Y' shifters
PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 7:56 am 
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I'm trying to work out if these simplex shifters are worth keeping or landfill? The right hand one is 7-spd index and the left is friction. They sit under the bars and are basically upside down thumbshifters with a funny shaped lever.


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 Post subject: Re: Simplex 'Y' shifters
PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 8:50 am 
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Worth saving if not just for the novelty factor.


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 Post subject: Re: Simplex 'Y' shifters
PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 9:16 am 
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Look like a similar set-up to the Mavic wishbone shifters, I would keep them as the previous poster said as much for novelty as anything else :D


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 Post subject: Re: Simplex 'Y' shifters
PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 1:47 pm 
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Also similar to Suntour wishbone shifters, again similar operation. keep dont chuck and even try them out, you might like them :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Simplex 'Y' shifters
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 7:09 am 
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Desirable mate, sell them, worth a bit of money to any Mavic nut


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 Post subject: Re: Simplex 'Y' shifters
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 8:05 am 
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There are Mavic nuts out there?


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 Post subject: Re: Simplex 'Y' shifters
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 8:10 am 
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Might stick them on the bay, see what happens.

They're a good idea, just poorly executed. I'm surprised Shimano never went down this route - just turn a thumbie upside down and change the shape of the lever.


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 Post subject: Re: Simplex 'Y' shifters
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 9:11 am 
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Shimano never went that route because others did and sank into obscurity. Shimano didn't and now rule the world.


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 Post subject: Re: Simplex 'Y' shifters
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 11:54 am 
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Funny thing is Shimano did go down that route, as did Suntour and Mavic and a number of others. Shimano only used the design on low end groups and they disappeared as quietly as they appeared.
The really nice ones were the Simplex alloy ones. Simplex were also responsible for making Mavic's high end alloy wishbones but made thier own version which was better than Mavics as it used standard cable outer size and the ability to hand tighten the shifter action rather tha using a large adjusteable spanner a la Mavic.

On a side note I am now using a set of the Simplex 8 speed alloy wishbones along with a Shimano 10 speed cassette and a Campagnolo 10 speed rear derailleur on my flat handlebar commuter. The shifter actually has 15 shift positions and works perfectly in a 'Shimpagnolo' set up.


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 Post subject: Re: Simplex 'Y' shifters
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 12:03 pm 
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Knew I would find it eventually:

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Shimano Altus ST-CT15 shifters with their one piece plastic wishbone. Look on and dream.


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