Re: [Geared_hub_bikes] The Versa Brifter Report
No missed shifts.....when I remember to push the lever all the way. Like I said it's a long throw. I would actually pput uf with a shorter throw anIt's as smooth as the thumb shifter. I had one or two balks at changing gear but I think I just need to tweek the cable adjustment.
--- On Sun, 2/21/10, Bob Power <bobpower@...> wrote:
From: Bob Power <bobpower@...>
Subject: Re: [Geared_hub_bikes] The Versa Brifter Report
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 5:24 PMSounds nice! Any missed shifts? Is the Versa mechanism smooth or rough or ??----- Original Message -----From: Darol HintonSent: Sunday, February 21, 2010 7:05 PMSubject: [Geared_hub_ bikes] The Versa Brifter ReportIn our last episode I had built up a bike using an Alfine hub in a Gary Fisher single speed 29er (Rig) frame with a rigid carbon fork and trekking tires. Flat bars and hydraulic disc brakes. It is quite a nice bike. I ended up ditching the rigid fork and goign to a Reba air fork due to me being a wimp and disliking being rattled off pavement.
She (her name is Black Betty, after the song) has since evolved.
Last year I got (from Dynamic Cycles) a set of the Versa brake/shifters that they use and have generated discussion on this board. Betty is now a drop bar bike (and now has BB7 road cable discs) with the appropriate brake levers for a drop bar bike.
What is she like? Quite nice. I finally got to do a bit of mileage (20 yesterday) and it's pretty good. As a commuter the abiltity to shift any time is great. I ended up going through a small town and had to deal with traffic etc. so the shifter got a real workout.
The bars I used are WTB mountain drop bars which are quite wide and flair out at the drop. I had to put a shorter stem on to bring the bars back. The throw on the shifter is pretty long going up but just tiny clicks to go back down. I have smallish hands but I got used to it quickly. I miss having brakes on the cross bar so it looks like it will be getting cross brake levers which will make life easier in congested areas. I am still working on all the final adjutments to get her to fit me but I am really close.
She looks very different. Picture a a drop bar bike with a sloping top tube frame and suspension fork....all black.