Anyone using a dropper post with gear shifter remote?
I quite liked the idea of using a gear shifter for a remote dropper post – like this:
With 1x drivetrains there’s plenty of room for it and I think that the ergonomics of a thumb shift lever on a rapid fire or similar would be better than the levers that are out there.
Anyone doing it?
(and if anyone has a spare, cheap LH shifter I’d be interested)Posted 4 years ago
Wanted to add to this.
I got an SLX shifter today for this purpose, seems a shame to butcher a brand new shifter but hey ho.
I took out the ratchet, the 2/3 ring selector and knocked out the rivet for the downshift lever. It was bloody fiddly but I am pretty sure I have done it successfully. It feels nice and smooth with a good strong return spring so should do a much better job than the original specialized remote and as a bonus wont get in the way.
Mid way through disassembly.
All ready to fit.Posted 4 years ago
I wanted an i-spec shifter to match my other one and it was reduced so I thought I may as well.
I did feel a bit guilty tearing it apart but I like bodging and this seems to have worked quite well so far. Just got to fit it tonight and try it out. I hope it works, I can’t see why it wouldnt.Posted 4 years agobmuller18Member
I Ache, How did the SLX shifter work out? What dropper post are you using it with? I ordered the same one, with plans to convert it for a Gravity Dropper Turbo SL. The GD connects the cable end to the post, so I would need to figure out how to connect an open end of the cable to the shifter. Any thoughts?
Have you had any issues with the lever function after removing all of those parts?
ThanksPosted 3 years agojamesftsMember
I’ve been using an x9 shifter for this on my LEV, 10 mins with the Dremel and worked really, really well. Much better ergonomically than the standard KS remote and the Reverb prodder on my other bike. Combined with Avid brakes plus matchmakers it was about as tidy as you could get. Only downside is that the shifter unit feels a bit bulky for what it’s actually doing.
Have since binned the Avoids so splashed out on a Southpaw which is, if in honest, a better solution if you don’t have a shifter to cannibalise already. It’s smaller, lighter and just as neat a solution.
If anyone wants an x9 shifter ready modded give me a shout.Posted 3 years agotwicewithchipsMember
Yeah, i did the same sort of thing recently with an SLX lever (generously donated by Vorlich, of this parish, to whom I still owe a bottle of wine). I dodn’t take photos, but it works really well. Ergonomics are spot on!
Basically, you (carefully) take the shifter to bits, and when the springs all come pinging out you’re done cos you don’t want them anyway. vtje – I think the other side of the lever might have some allen screws that will be the next stage, there might be a cap to prise off the central one, at the other end of where that flat spring is held.
I took out the downshift lever, to leave just the cable pull mechanism and return springs (which are a pig to get back in). The central bolt through the mechanism seemed to have a tapered thread to hold it all together – a bit of aggro and a vice solved that, but I threadlocked it when it went back together.
In short, if you’ve got or can get an old shifter, there’s nothing to lose by trying!Posted 3 years agosam_underhillSubscriber
I worked out how to take my spare slx shifter apart a couple of months ago. Normally I’m really good at taking photos of complicated stuff to work out how to put it back together, but this time I’ve got a box of shifter parts and no idea how to put it back together. 🙁
Anyone got any photos or an exploded diagram?Posted 3 years ago
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