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    Replacing Shimano Alivio 7 spd shifter

    Bear with me guys. I'm a newb on working on bikes. I need an economical replacement for this shifter on my Trek 850. I see Shimano EF-51's are available on Amazon for a decent price. What is the best way to go? Thanks in advance!

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    Sure, that's a good item but do you need a shifter or combination shift/brake lever? You can buy shifters separately if that's all you need.

    If you buy new combo levers, make sure you get the right brake pull type for your current brakes. If you plan on upgrading to V-brakes, you'll need V-brake levers, so there are few other considerations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinchi View Post
    Sure, that's a good item but do you need a shifter or combination shift/brake lever? You can buy shifters separately if that's all you need.

    If you buy new combo levers, make sure you get the right brake pull type for your current brakes. If you plan on upgrading to V-brakes, you'll need V-brake levers, so there are few other considerations.
    A combo is the original equipment. From what I've seen, it's cheaper to get another combo than a brake lever and shifter. In fact, I can buy a pair of combos for the price of one shifter and lever.

    If the shifter actually separated from the brake lever then I would just replace the lever but no such luck from what I can see. Most of the combos I've looked are configured for v brakes already but can be converted to cantilever.

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    Sounds like a good option.
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