Have used these shifters for a little over three years and 17,000 miles in all weathers. Never failed me a single time. Excellent product. Well made and durable. Be aware when ordering them the box includes down tube cable stops and cabling.
I'm a big fan of simple components that work well and last a long time. Keeping that in mind these are some of the nicest shifters I've used. There are not a lot of moving parts on these and almost nothing that can break. I really like the friction shifting for the front derailleur. It makes it a lot easier to find chainrings and try odd ring setups. The rear works great in the index setting and fairly well in the friction setting (about as well as a 9-speed rear friction shifter could work.) I was so impressed with these that I ended up putting them on both of my road bikes.
Works for: Road, Commuting, Mountain, Touring, Cyclocross
January 18, 2011
reviewed by: schisham
With the Paul Components thumbies mount for mountain bikes I used these to gear up my singlespeed frame. I was surprised how precise they are for mountain biking. The restance feel is perfect.
But you have to use a Shimano rear derailleur with them. So I ordered a Jtek Shiftmate so I can pair them with my SRAM X9 rear instead.
These are great. Popped the rear shifter into a retroshift hood mount. The index is crisp and pops and the friction setting is butter. My only gripe is it would be nice if the shifters were offered separately from the package to cut costs.
I have these on my Touring/MonsterCross Commuter. They work great, though it took me a few shifts to get used to their location (I'm used to DT SHifters). Not the shifter's fault, though. The Friction front is wonderful, never botched a shift. The rear shifts like it's supposed to, light and crisp. I'm running it with a rapid rise LX rear der, and it works well, but shifts "backwards", not an issue...