As for durability of the shifters, if they are as good as the original they
should be great. I still use the original ST thumbies that came with my '83
Stumpjumper on one bike and another pair on the Bombadil, they both work as
great as great can be. I agree with Grant that you gotta wonder why any
other kind of shifter was ever made, other than to be "other than".
Sure, you can take them apart but there is nothing to do in there anyways.
So I don't see how not being user dismantled is an issue. I hope the new
ones still have the on-the-fly-no-screwdriver-needed adjustment screw on
The band on the original was one "weak" spot though, as with age and many
times being adjusted and all, I have had 2 clamps break(the ends).
Fortunately, I found some replacements on ebay .... yeh, you didn't know
they existed until there they are, staring you in the face, Sweeeet .
I look forward to the Riv ones because well, I can never have enough bikes
to put them on :)
FWIW, I have shifted the same way since I first had a bike the could be
shifted manually, it was a Fuji-something 10 speed that I bought from a
doctor in the late 70's. Later on, I worked in a bike shop assembling and
repairing bikes when the whole indexed thing was becoming big. As I test
rode the new bikes, I thought "indexed shifting, hmmm, okay, but I already
know how to shift". So that was the end of that ..... hey, the feel, sound
and motion of shifting is as beautiful as any other art .
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