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    Shimano Sora STI shifter

    Any have comments on the 9-speed Shimano Sora STI shifter?

    I am converting my 9-speed flat bar bike to drop down bars. Sora seems like a great shifter, but I am concerned about the shift cables exiting from the side of the shifter. Being out in the open they may clutter the front of the bike. Cables buried under the handlebar tape would be nice, but I don't think I have that option with a 9-speed cassette.

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    Cables did that for decades. It'll be fine. Most people with some experience, including myself, say that it actually make things work smoother then modern hidden cables.

    Also keep in mind that when switching to drops your bike will need a stem that is ~40mm shorter to make it fit correctly, depending on bar reach. You will also have compatibility issues with your front derailer and brakes. And in some cases the functional range of adjustment for the rear derailer becomes very small, requiring frequent fine tuning.

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    It's only the last generation or so of road brifters that have hidden shift cables - you don't even notice the cables while riding. It does make the front end a bit busy looking but it's no different than MTB bikes.

    I just bought a Salsa Vaya with Sora components and it seems to work well. I've got no complaints.

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