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    Modified Shimano shifters?..

    While I am still figuring out the specs for my first lightweight project, I am debating going SRAM or Dura-Ace (9 spd, with Xt or old xtr shifters).

    Anywas I was curious as to how to go about taking off the shift indercaters, and putting a carbon plate over them, on the Shimano trigers? I have seen pictures of this set up, but only distance pics, no closeups :-( Does it save much weight? and Does anyone have any close up pictures of the shifters?

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    Ohhh! You can see (or read about atm) the project at PorjectX-Cul.com ... No pictures at the moment though (should be up Saturday, US time)
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    When I took the shift indicators off of my shimano shifters, I covered the holes with decals. I just found one with a large grey section and cut out a circle large enough to cover up the hole and screw holes. It's been on for quite a while and they are still A-OK.. Maybe in wetter climates they wouldn't hold up as well but I've washed the bike a few times with the garden hose and they are still there.

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    Any updates here? I want to do this as well.
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    i think it saves about 20-something grams per shifter. and if memory serves, Duckman has a picture of that setup (indicator removed with a carbon patch on top).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CulBaire
    While I am still figuring out the specs for my first lightweight project, I am debating going SRAM or Dura-Ace (9 spd, with Xt or old xtr shifters).

    Anywas I was curious as to how to go about taking off the shift indercaters, and putting a carbon plate over them, on the Shimano trigers? I have seen pictures of this set up, but only distance pics, no closeups :-( Does it save much weight? and Does anyone have any close up pictures of the shifters?

    Thanx
    -Cul

    Ohhh! You can see (or read about atm) the project at PorjectX-Cul.com ... No pictures at the moment though (should be up Saturday, US time)

    Just out of curiosity, have you considered LX? I believe they weigh the same as XT, but are less expensive and shift just as good IMHO. I just picked up a set for my HT project. Mine weigh 244 g 's stock, 238 g's with Al bolts.
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    I never cover the top holes. leave it. ive been riding through muddy and wet for 15 months .Rain water went in my shifter but it still went out smooth.

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    Me thinks I have way too many gear pics. Oh well. Comes in handy sometimes.

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    Duckman, could you give us some information on how you made those covers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by j-dub
    Duckman, could you give us some information on how you made those covers?
    he used lizard_skins carbon fiber patch kits, cut to size. the white lizard_skins logo was removed.

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    hello,
    you should may be consider that set up: thumbies.
    weight all up 133 gr for left&right shifters that include:
    shifters carrier made by Paul Components for $50
    Durace 9 speed tri shifters witch retails for about $70.
    cheap, light, special, and the most reliable system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CulBaire
    While I am still figuring out the specs for my first lightweight project, I am debating going SRAM or Dura-Ace (9 spd, with Xt or old xtr shifters).

    Ohhh! You can see (or read about atm) the project at PorjectX-Cul.com ... No pictures at the moment though (should be up Saturday, US time)
    If I were you, I wouldn't hesitate about using SRAM on your new (And very nice) bike. If you are worried about chain slap or whatever, why not look at getting medium cage XO rear mech and then use either a road or 11-32/34 cassette too. I don't know if a road cassette and rear mech. are suited to Australian riding conditions, you'll find yourself shifting too much.
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    Sram :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor!
    If I were you, I wouldn't hesitate about using SRAM on your new (And very nice) bike. If you are worried about chain slap or whatever, why not look at getting medium cage XO rear mech and then use either a road or 11-32/34 cassette too. I don't know if a road cassette and rear mech. are suited to Australian riding conditions, you'll find yourself shifting too much.
    Jeeeez This thread is old I am actually using SRAM Rocket(?) twist shifters, with a shorrt cage XT rear mech at the moment with good results... I plan on changing to full SRAM X.0 sometime before the Mont 24hr

    As for the gear ratio's, whilest riding off road, especially enduro races I find I cant find the right gear using a 12/34 cassette which is why I went the roadie cassette, the closer gearing seems to suit me better... Riding the bike on the road though I would go 12/34 which the spacing seems to suit me more ( I tend to spin on dirt and crank on road). I'm just a fussy prick you see

    Having said all that, I am pretty sure you can just un-screw the XT/XTR shift indercators. I cant remember where I saw that though.

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    Me thinks I have way too many gear pics. Oh well. Comes in handy sometimes.
    You know we all love seeing your bikes

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