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Coolwall - Thumbshifters
cool 90%  90%  [ 115 ]
uncool 10%  10%  [ 13 ]
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 3:58 pm 
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mechagouki wrote:
This might not take long to decide.



:lol: :lol:

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Paul & D-A/Ultegra combo - cool in function, but always seem like an (expensive) bodge to me - obviously your only choice for 9/10 speed drivetrains (not retro anyhow) - unless you are happy running friction.


D-A/Ultegras have a friction mode, as I recall... :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:00 pm 
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utahdog2003 wrote:
mechagouki wrote:
This might not take long to decide.



:lol: :lol:

mechagouki wrote:
Paul & D-A/Ultegra combo - cool in function, but always seem like an (expensive) bodge to me - obviously your only choice for 9/10 speed drivetrains (not retro anyhow) - unless you are happy running friction.


D-A/Ultegras have a friction mode, as I recall... :wink:


and the mounts are compatable with 7/8/9/10 spd levers


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:03 pm 
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Agree, very cool.
I see however that 4 people have votes uncool, but none of them has dared to leave an explanation why. Come on, fill us in guys.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:07 pm 
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These transcend cool. They are iconic. Is a mini cool? What other component could grace a boutique Ti steed equally as well as a mass-produced Taiwanese ride? Heck, they even appear on Retrobike mugs and stickers! This is not even a valid question in my mind!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:18 pm 
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Cooler than an ice cream at the north pole


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:40 pm 
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mechagouki wrote:
This might not take long to decide.

I think some qualification is necessary:

Deore XT 7/8s - coolest thumbies made - perfect combination of form function.

XC-Pro - XT's skinny slightly flaky younger brother - cool, but you wouldn't leave them alone with your wife.

Deore (often erroneously called 'DX') thumbies - cool in function, held back from total coolness by cheap rust-prone pressed steel mounts.

All cheap, mainly plastic, Shimano or no-name thumbies - slightly cool because they actually work better than all cheap plastic gripshift/rapidfire clones.

Paul & D-A/Ultegra combo - cool in function, but always seem like an (expensive) bodge to me - obviously your only choice for 9/10 speed drivetrains (not retro anyhow) - unless you are happy running friction.


Spot on: XTs!


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Well,if you have to use shifters thumbies are the best,preferably XT's :D
Mostly ride without shifters nowadays though!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:42 pm 
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XT or Deore.....V,v,v,v,v,v,v,v,v cool, sub zero infact. 8) 8)

IMO improve the look of any bike they grace. Retro Orange with RC35's and thumbies... Yum yum yum. :D


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:50 pm 
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Corduroyboy wrote:
They are iconic.


Iconic indeed!

Even making my 7 year old daughter run them on the C'dale MC400 we built for her!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:22 pm 
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Cool as a polar bears privates :D


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