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More specifically, what alternatives are there to brifters other than downtube shifters and barcons?

I'm in the process of building a drop bar bike and I had planned on mounting DT shifters next to the hoods via Kelly Take Offs. I've found that Kelly has gone out of business for a second time and that kind of screws me over. I don't want brifters because of the expense and complexity. I don't want DT or barcons because I want the controls next to my hands.

Is there any other option?
 

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These are designed to be mounted on your bars. I don't know if they'll go where you want, but I have something like these on my commuter


Sturmey Archer says they're for 3 speeds, but I have no idea if they're indexed or not.
 

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These are designed to be mounted on your bars. I don't know if they'll go where you want, but I have these on my commuter
Can you tell me what those are? I mean like a make and model so I can research them.

I'm familiar with Paul Thumbies, but they don't really get the shifter near the hoods.
 

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These are Sturmey Archer levers (model SLS3X-T, appropriately enough). Again, they say they are for 3 speed hubs, so they likely don't possess the correct travel. I just used the picture to try and demonstrate what I was thinking of (i.e. thumb shifters). I have Shimano exage motion thumbies, but they're mounted near the stem.
 

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Seeing as you don't like anything mentioned so far, I'd say you're out of luck. Maybe someone else knows of another option.

Thumb shifters are great. But Paul thumbies with barcons are going to set you back between $125 and $150 once you buy all the parts.

OTH, If price is your problem try some Microshift brifters. They're less than half the cost of Shimano and completely compatible.

http://www.microshift.biz/ppdtlist.asp?area=51

They range anywhere from $140 to $300. The Nashbar versions work well. I'd do a Google search and read the reviews.
 

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Telepathically-controlled CVT drivetrains will be announced at Interbike. :D


/ hey, I didn't say what year
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