RetroShift – Something to think about

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I caught up with Jim the other night on the way home (he was stopped at a light…that’s the only way I can ever catch him).  It didn’t take but a second to notice something odd about his bike.  I’m observant that way.   Can you see it?  What are those shifters he’s running?  They look like a set of good old bar-end shifters mounted sideways on the front of his brakes.

Yep, that’s what they are.  They’re called RetroShift CX.  They’re actually bar-end shifters integrated with a brake lever.  Designed as an alternative to Shimano’s STI shifters, primarily for cyclocross racing where mud and gunk wreak havoc on shifting performance, they work in both indexed and friction mode.  It makes sense to me that they might also be just the ticket for a commuter bike like my Surly that is continually getting all mucked up.  They’ve got me kind of intrigued…

God bless…




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6 Comments on “RetroShift – Something to think about”

  1. Bill Lambert Says:

    Those are cool – thanks for sharing!

  2. bgddyjim Says:

    Those are going to be perfect for the Cannondale! Thanks.

  3. Steve A Says:

    For commuting, what is wrong with regular bar end shifters?

  4. Nothin’, but some of us young guys are spoiled by technology!

  5. Pondero Says:

    There was at least one pair of these in my last December Ramble. The guy to be fairly happy with them. I just switched from downtube shifters to trying bar ends for the first time. If these don’t prove better, I might consider the RetroShift approach.

  6. Jim Phillips Says:

    I can’t say enough about how happy I am with them but I had been looking for a long time to upgrade from a poorly set up, jimmy rigged, semi-functioning, stem mounted friction set up for quite a while so anything modern was going to make me happy. I liked that they were cheaper than most integrated options and way easier to maintain or fix on the fly somewhere remote. I’m also a cheapskate and like that they will work with any cheap old cable and housing on any kind of derailleur I have on hand.

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