Downtube Shifters in 2023?!

1 comment by Igor Shteynbuk

In our newest WrenchFest video, we're building up a Rando Frameset with downtube shifters, drop bars, and plush 700x33.333 tires!

You might wonder, "Downtube shifters in 2023?!" Yes, you read that right! Downtube shifters are making a triumphant return, and you're about to discover why.

Downtube shifters are the epitome of simplicity in gear shifting. They offer a pure, tactile connection to your bike and are the unsung heroes of shifting mechanisms. They're simpler than brifters, electronic systems, and even bar ends. These classic shifters pull cable with grace and are compatible with nearly every mechanical drivetrain under the sun.

So, grab your popcorn, your favorite beverage, and get ready to relax with another long-form WrenchFest video!

1 comment

  • Kevin Havener

    I am using the same down tube shifters (10-speed though) and my right side lever won’t tighten down. It holds cable tension just fine but it wobbles left and right. I can’t figure out how to get the play out of it. I removed the brass spacer and was able to take the play out of the lever, but lost the ratcheting feature. That leads me to believe the mechanism is not far enough onto the down tube boss. examining the left lever, the square part of the boss seems to stand prouder of the frame perhaps allowing the lever stop washer to sit flush(er) with the square part of the boss, thus allowing the spacer and lever mechanism to slide inboard. It’s a theory. Any ideas on how to make the lever stop washer fit closer to the frame or find a slightly thinner brass spacer?

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