This is just a poll to gauge interest. Would anyone put 3d printed friction shifters on their bike?
Pic for ref. This is an indexed shifter prototype – A friction-only version would be more compact.
Mech would be a functional clone of the Simplex retrofriction one-way clutch, a.k.a. the best friction lever experience bar none – but every internal part is straight out of McMaster-Carr.
“Angled barcon” would be a bar end shifter with the mech / level angled 25 degrees or so from the bar clamp, the better to work with townie bars.
Each style should be individually customizable for
- amount of cable pull (should work fine with 11sp systems)
- handlebar / downtube clamp diameter
- color of lever and body (within Shapeways color options)
Pricing TBD but should be less than what a pair of Simplex SLJ with worn out bushings lists for on ebay
- Yes, Thumbies
- Yes, Barcons
- Yes, Angled Barcons
- Yes, Downtubes