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    that's some funny shift, right there, ....

    local harassment has waned, so i figured i'd ask for some teasing here.

    i've been running it this way on all my bikes, for fifteen years, now.

    i prefer the xt friction shifter for the front derailleur.
    i only have 2 of the push-push xt rear shifters left, that still work correctly. not sure what i'll do when they're toast. i don't like the push-trigger style

    ok. there's my eccentricity. who else is running some funny shift? post up, wierdos.

    boki rides a clark kent from 1994
    and a vw R32 from 2004

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    Dont have any pics, but I'll never give up my thumbies.

    I run a set of 20+ year old Deore thumbshifters that i found in my parents garage.... in fact even retired my XT rapidfires in favor of them. They're technically 5 speed, but i can run 8 or 9 because they don't index. Practically no adjustments and they never wear out!

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    I would kill for a set of decent friction thumb shifters. I hate indexed shifting. I scan E-bay everyday for Deore Xt or Suntour expert XC 7/8 friction thumbies. But lately they have been auctioning out at over a $100 a pair. I'll keep waiting I guess.

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    I recall my Grandfather's Canadian made Raleigh having the coolest shifters I've ever seen.

    They were very early Shimano Indexed Shifting shifters, but they had a little switch on the side that had two options, "SIS" and "F" If you're sick of the Indexed shifting, you just flipped the switch, and it was a beautiful friction shift. Wouldn't work for a newer bike, as it was a 10 speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingCrimson
    ... early Shimano Indexed Shifting shifters, but they had a little switch on the side that had two options, "SIS" and "F" If you're sick of the Indexed shifting, you just flipped the switch, and it was a beautiful friction shift. Wouldn't work for a newer bike, as it was a 10 speed.
    that was so you could retrofit them on five and six cog rear derailleurs, so the indexing wouldn't leave you between cogs

    i still have a few of them in the bin
    boki rides a clark kent from 1994
    and a vw R32 from 2004

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    Still using some old Suntour thumbies for the front shifting duties on both my rides. And SRAM 9.0 SL for the rear. Love the combo.

    I'd buy a kick ass 9spd thumby setup.

    Yes, I know you can cludge up something with Paul mounts and drop bar bar end shifters; don't like it.
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    I found some, I landed a pair of suntour friction shifter break lever combos. The friction shifter is 100% friction non indexed ratcheted in one direction and is mounted on xc break levers. They were unopened still sealed NOS. The guy I bought them from said he thought they were from around 1984 or 1985. When I cut the package open it kind of smelled like 1985. I got them on late last night and they work perfect. I will try to post some pics tonight

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    here they are cell phone pics arent the greatest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisrennau
    I would kill for a set of decent friction thumb shifters. I hate indexed shifting. I scan E-bay everyday for Deore Xt or Suntour expert XC 7/8 friction thumbies. But lately they have been auctioning out at over a $100 a pair. I'll keep waiting I guess.
    Saw ya already found a pair - congrats!

    If you ever need a different pair - try the Paul's thumbies route. Still about $100 ($50 for the mounts, $50 for the shifters), but as good (if not better) than the old thumbies I used to use.

    Friction (where mine are set) or pick your poison for 7/8/9/10 speeds.

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