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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:42 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Hoping someone can shed some light on drive train issue.

I have a 1994 Carrera which I have been riding for the last 19 years. Last summer it underwent a very long overdue refresh with a new powdercoat and pretty much all components replaced, all that is except the drivetrain including shifters, chainset, rear mech and front mech.

With new cables installed everything was going swimmingly until the grip shift for the front mech bit the dust with the plastic internals finally giving up the ghost.

My question really is, what is the modern replacement/equivalent of the original GripShifts I had fitted, I know that GripShift of that era was SRAM and Shimano compatible, my drivetrain is 7 speed Shimano but modern Gripshift is SRAM produced and I know that only some models will now be compatible.

Can anyone shed some light on what my options are. I know grip shift is not everyones cup of tea but I do want to stick with it as I'm used to it, so no trigger or thumb shifting suggestions please :) ...also this bike is my winter commuting hack so it's not required to be the most cutting edge of machines :)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:57 pm 
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Buy some old SRTs or Sachs. What model do you have now?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:13 pm 
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According to the very worn marks they are SRT3001-32

I've seen a few Sachs sets on ebay, are they pretty much compatible then?

I'm tempted to buy new though, would these be the ones if so:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/sram-mrx-comp-t ... 5360097955


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:50 pm 
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Used Sachs Wavey's turn up from time to time, new those MRX shifters will do it and are a nicer action than the older Gripshifts which could be a bit clicky / stiff, especially on upward changes, when you are puling the cable / mech. Also Gripshift Attacks are nice, but very expensive unless you can find some s/h bargains.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:49 pm 
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Cheers guys, have found some bargain Sachs Waveys brand new on ebay so I think I'll go for those.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:11 pm 
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Rawcas wrote:
Cheers guys, have found some bargain Sachs Waveys brand new on ebay so I think I'll go for those.


They will do nicely as I know the ones you mean.
they are certainly better than your SRT300's which was the original 'that style' Gripshift. the SRT500 being the top of the range (and quite a bit nicer) at that time.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:14 pm 
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Cheers again guys.

Went for the Sachs, they are leagues better than the originals, but to be fair, almost 20 years use out of the originals means they cant have been all bad :)

Thanks again for all the help, bike has just been serviced as well so new shifters will get their first commute of the season tomorrow.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:22 pm 
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Sachs Waveys are great VFM, good choice.


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