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    SPAM: Shimano thumb shifters, 4 sets for sale!


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    Drop me a PM. I will likely take both of the XT sets if you want to create me a package price. PM me with what you think is reasonable.

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    I often wonder, if Shimano still made thumbshifters for their current groups how well would they sell as compared to all of the shifting contraptions they now sell.

    I suppose the sales numbers for Paul Thumbies and IRD shift adapters might tell us a partial answer.

    Anyway, good for you for the ad. I'm good for shifters, just couldn't resist the chance to ramble on a bit about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jak0zilla View Post
    I often wonder, if Shimano still made thumbshifters for their current groups how well would they sell as compared to all of the shifting contraptions they now sell.

    I suppose the sales numbers for Paul Thumbies and IRD shift adapters might tell us a partial answer.

    Anyway, good for you for the ad. I'm good for shifters, just couldn't resist the chance to ramble on a bit about them.
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    JakOzilla: I have often wondered the same thing myself. I have converted all my mountain bikes that have shifters over to Pauls thumbies with Shimano barend shifters, thus the sale of all of these. This is a VERY popular setup with the bikepacking crowd because of the simplicity and reliability. Some of the Surly and I think Salsa bikes actually come standard with this setup, but with Microshift shifters instead of Shimano ones. I prefer the Shimano, as they have the friction option for when thinks go wonky!

    Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled program...

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    E-mail sent back too.

    And totally agree about when things go wonky. I always laughed at my buddies back in the day who moved over to index shifting and then either tweaked a derailleur cage, hanger, or we were in the mud. They would be clacking away skipping like crazy and I would trim my shifter a tiny bit and tool on by. Still is all any of my bikes have on them.

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    Paul set ups are lighter by 60grs.. but the old xt thumbies feel solid and ergonomic in a better way.
    If i run friction then the suntours are the best of both worlds: light and ergonomic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeny View Post
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    JakOzilla: I have converted all my mountain bikes that have shifters over to Pauls thumbies with Shimano barend shifters, thus the sale of all of these. This is a VERY popular setup with the bikepacking crowd because of the simplicity and reliability.
    Just a data point, I used to run Pauls thumbies with Shimano barend 9-speed shifters until the rear Shimano shifter just flat out quit working. There is no way to take the shifter apart to figure out what went wrong either.
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    That is the beauty of the XTs (of DX for that matter) is that you can actually take them apart and service them, not that you ever need to. I still have a set from 92 that work perfect and they have never been apart. They may have even been used when I got them in '92. I love that they still will work with any drivetrain setup you can imagine. All of my current setups except 1 are running 9 speeds and the thumbies still work like they were made for it.

    I did see over on Retrobike a posting about someone drilling out the plate in them as well to make them have a 9 speed index setup which is cool too. I never run anything but friction mode but for someone that was a indexing die hard might be nice.

    For some reason I have just never liked the feel of the XC Pros though. Just something about them that is not as "natural" of a feel to me.

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