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I have an NOS XT friction shifter. Can it be made to work with an Alfine hub? Will any bar top friction shifter work? Paul thumbies?? Any ideas?
 

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The shifting on Shimano IGH has to be very percise in order to work fine.
I don't know if the cable "course" is constant , or "logaritmical" (if I can it so)

The adjustments on the barrel are crutial with shimano shifters , a little too loose /too tight , and it's skipping like hell. I can only see nightmare rides with a friction shifter....... IMHO
 

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Thumbie,

Prior to this development would a JTEK barcon and a PAUL's thumbie work.

I've thought it would be more comfortable with the shifter above the handle bar and allow multiple gear shifts.
 

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The JTEK barend shifters don't come apart and therefore can't be used with Paul's thumbies. I was thinking about trying a Travel Agent to get my 8-speed barends to work, but now I'm afraid I may damage the hub.

JTEK assures me they are working on thumb-mount shifters, but no ETA.
 

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mrbubbles said:
Could be done.

That is a gorgeous bike! You'd be doing some standing on the big climbs though with that big ring.

You'd also be going really fast down hill!

Drew
 
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