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So I recently bought a second hand entry level trials bike and for some or other reason the shifter was converted to a SRAM X7 gripshift. It's very annoying changing gears every time you bunny hop- so i'm looking to get a normal shifter.

 

I'm having real trouble still finding a 8 spd shifter and i dont want to convert to single speed- what would be the consequence of using a 9spd shifter?

 

Thanks :)

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If you are going to fit a new shifter anywway, why couldn't you fit a 9s casette too? Then it will be 9s. Fitting a 8s to a 9sp casette will not work as the space between the cogs and "gear positions" of the shifter is different.

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So I recently bought a second hand entry level trials bike and for some or other reason the shifter was converted to a SRAM X7 gripshift. It's very annoying changing gears every time you bunny hop- so i'm looking to get a normal shifter.

 

I'm having real trouble still finding a 8 spd shifter and i dont want to convert to single speed- what would be the consequence of using a 9spd shifter?

 

Thanks :)

nothing wrong with gripshift...since its a new bike for you maybe give it a month to get used to it before splashing out some cash on it unneccesarrily.

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nothing wrong with gripshift...since its a new bike for you maybe give it a month to get used to it before splashing out some cash on it unneccesarrily.

 

It really restricts my riding- it changes gears everytime i lift the front end, cant stand the **** :thumbdown:

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If you are going to fit a new shifter anywway, why couldn't you fit a 9s casette too? Then it will be 9s. Fitting a 8s to a 9sp casette will not work as the space between the cogs and "gear positions" of the shifter is different.

 

Not looking to spend too much seeing as the casette is basically brand new... Just need to get rid of that flippen gripsh!t :thumbdown:

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Shop around. There are still a few 8spd shifter out there. I bought a new set a few months ago from Cycle Centre in the Pavillion in Westville. Check your LBS parts bin as well. What about posting a wanted add in the classifieds? I am sure there are a few guy who have upgraded and have the old parts lying around...

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8 speed shifters must still be around. Try an old bike shop , not a fancy modern one. Or 2nd hand. But i agree , gripshift is rubbish for technical riding.

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I have a set of 8sp shifters/brake levers that I'll sell you for R200. Let me know if you're interested.

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If you're looking at old stuff and don't mind a retro look, consider an old 7 speed XT top mount thumb shifter which had a "secret" 8th click built in to handle the subsequent introduction of 8 speed cassettes in the early 90's.

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Shop around. There are still a few 8spd shifter out there. I bought a new set a few months ago from Cycle Centre in the Pavillion in Westville. Check your LBS parts bin as well. What about posting a wanted add in the classifieds? I am sure there are a few guy who have upgraded and have the old parts lying around...

 

Did post an add, Drongo has got a shifter/brake combo, but I'll be visiting my LBS later on, thanks!

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I have a set of 8sp shifters/brake levers that I'll sell you for R200. Let me know if you're interested.

 

Thanks divernick,

 

Did get a shifter/brake combo offer, just holding out for a stand-alone shifter, otherwise will get back to you! :thumbup:

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