Modern STI-type shifters w/ Retro components?
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    Modern STI-type shifters w/ Retro components?

    Newbie question...so please forgive me if the answer is obvious. Will modern STI-type shifters work with components such as Suntour Superbe?
    These forums have been a wealth of info...thanks to all who post here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OverTheHill
    Newbie question...so please forgive me if the answer is obvious. Will modern STI-type shifters work with components such as Suntour Superbe?
    These forums have been a wealth of info...thanks to all who post here!

    Steve
    No. Best retro mix I've seen was DT shifters with Super Record derailleurs, and a 10-speed cogset and chain!

    Now, some retros here (ask on the retro-classic board) have a fix with moving the friction units to the brake levers. I can't remember the name of it. Check there for a better answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OverTheHill
    Newbie question...so please forgive me if the answer is obvious. Will modern STI-type shifters work with components such as Suntour Superbe?
    These forums have been a wealth of info...thanks to all who post here! Steve
    Nope. The spacing between the rear cogs won't be the same for sure. If you change to a Shimano cogset, I'm not sure if the cable pull ratios of the Suntour will match Shimano shifting, but I wouldn't bet on it.

    STI shifters are the biggest ticket replacement part. Once you make the decision to convert to STI the economics of replacing the whole bike start to look better.

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    Mine work fine with Paul...

    ...derailleurs, front and rear. Spacing of cogs matters, since a 9-speed shifter pulls enough to move between 2 cogs (about 4.5mm) per click. My Paul derailleurs started on Shimano thumbshifters on my mountain bike, then after many years and miles moved to my 'cross bike, and they play nicely with 2004 Ultegra shifters and a SRAM cassette.

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