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Project Any Road: Retroshift CX2 Shifters Long Term Review

Retroshift Front Side View

Catch up on the Project Any Road build here.

When the Project Any Road bike started to take shape on paper, I knew immediately that the shifters were going to be Retroshift.  At BikeRumor we often get spoiled with SRAM Red, Dura-Ace, and Campy SuperRecord, so why would I want to run this clunky antiquated technology after riding the best?  Well, in short, because it’s simple, reliable, and cheap enough for anyone to obtain.  Adam Clement and crew have to put together a well thought out product that, while intended for cyclocross, has many enticing applications across the cycling spectrum.  Personally, I wanted to find out how these levers would do day in and day out on my go anywhere rig.

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Hack! Retroshift x TRP = Drop Bar Hydraulic Disc Brakes w/ Friction Shifters

Retroshift friction shifters on TRP Hylex hydraulic drop bar road bike disc brakesClick that pic to see it full size you’ll notice something a bit off. It took us a few seconds to fully appreciate the hack.

See it? Yep, that’s the new TRP Hylex hydraulic disc brakes that are intended for singlespeed bikes mated to a Retroshift friction shifter, providing a geared setup and modern brakes for a fraction of what a dedicated SRAM or Shimano system would cost. Especially if you mate it to their BURD rear derailleur.

Nick’s been reviewing the Retroshift and likes it. And those brakes felt really good at Interbike’s outdoor demo.

Retroshift’s founder Adam Clement told us he’s been talking to TRP about it for a while, just been too busy to make it happen. He says it “requires brake lever disassembly, fixturing, drilling, etc.” This prototype’s been a work in progress for a while, with this bike being built up by Sellwood Cycles, and will be raced this weekend. Plans are to make it a stock offering for 2014.

Give Broken Derailleurs the BURD, with Retroshift’s New Affordable CX Rear Derailleur

Retroshift Burd Shimano

Cyclocross is hard on parts. Specifically, shifters and rear derailleurs. Retroshift already has you covered in the shifting department with their super durable Retroshift CX levers. Now, after a bit of teasing, Retroshift is taking the wraps off their entry into the rear derailleur market – the BURD.

Designed to address the specific needs of a cyclocross rear derailleur, without added fluff, the new derailleur promises to be precise, durable, rebuildable, and most importantly – cheap to replace.

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Retroshift Teases ‘Cross Friendly Rear Dérailleur

retroshift cyclocross rear dérailleur

Retroshift just Instagrammed (that’s a verb now, right?) this heavily filtered photo of a rear derailleur, and we confirmed with Adam it’s coming up soon. All he’d really say so far is that it follows the footsteps of his shifters in that it’s designed for making cyclocross bikes work better without breaking the bank.

His inspiration? This photo gallery of destroyed rear mechs. Word is it’ll be available by end of July and there are a few other goodies in the pipeline.

Details and an exclusive first look should be here in a few weeks!

NAHBS 2013: Retroshift Shows off Sturmy Archer 3 Speed, Campy Shifters, and New Colors

Retroshift Sturmy Archer 3 Speed

The card reads "Hipsters Rejoice!"

Adam from Retroshift is here at NAHBS displaying his wears along with a few new additions.  Up first is the new Sturmy Archer three speed shifter.  The shifter mounts up, but does require 2mm to be ground off the bolt.  The plan is to source a new, shorter bolt.  But for now, if you want it, it works with an easy modification.

Personally, I am running a Retroshift set up on my gravel racer and love them.  Expect a full review soon.

Past the break you get Campy and colors.

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RetroShift Adds Colors, V-Brake Compatible Friction Shifter Mounts

RetroShift CX1 CX2 and CXV friction shifter lever mounts for drop bar brakes

RetroShift has added colors and other options to their friction shifter adapters for Tektro drop bar brake levers. Gray and red and standard, blue, green and gold (not shown) are new, but they’re only available on the CX1…and here are the three models available now:

CX1 -Made for 1×9 or 1×10, these mount to included Tektro brake levers. They’re $99 for a pair, and they’re now offered with their own custom shifter levers made for RetroShift for $139.

CX2 – Made for 2×9 or 2×10 groups, these also mount to standard Tektro brake levers. $129 for the levers with adapters to use with your own shifters, or $189 with Retroshift shifters included.

CXV – These new ones are redesigned to work with Tektro’s RC250 v-brake compatible levers (included) and brakes. Founder Adam Clement said it took a bit of work to get the angles on these right, but they’re here. Same pricing as CX2.

All parts will be in stock (good news for anyone that’s had some back ordered!) this Friday…we’d suggest ordering now as they tend to sell out pretty quick. Never heard of this before? Check our prior coverage here.

Retroshift Integrated Brake Lever Friction Shifters Now Available

Since we first posted about Retroshift, they’ve worked through production and have been selling the units all over the world. According to founder Adam Clement the response has been pretty incredible.

The Retroshift is a modified Tektro brake lever for drop bars that fits a Shimano friction shifter on the top front. Clement says this gives the rider quick, precise shifting even in foul conditions, making it perfect for cyclocross and touring bikes where more expensive integrated brake/shift levers might get gunked up too easily.

The video above shows how quickly you can whip through the gears. The levers are actually a discontinued Tektro model that the company has revived production just for Retroshift. It’s available in two versions: Version 1 has only a right-hand shifter for single chainring setups and retails for $89. Version 2 sells for $119 and is ready for both front and rear shifters. They include only the shifters, you’ll need to source your own bar-end or downtube shifters to mount on them. For now…

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First Look! Retroshift Brake & Shift Levers for Cyclocross

Retroshift indexed thumb shifter brake levers prototype for cyclocross

Founded by Adam Clement as an alternative to running (sometimes very) expensive mechanical levers on dirty, muddy, crash-prone cyclocross bikes, Retroshift takes an age old shifting idea and gives it a fresh spin.

Retroshift levers combine a metal brake lever with a simple indexed “thumb lever” style shifter arm, much like the ones found on down tubes from bikes a couple decades ago. Ergonomically, hitting the full range of gears with a single hand movement has now been race proven under Kona’s Erik Tonkin.

“What I most like about them is how quickly I can shift up into harder gears – I can easily go thru 4-5 gears at a time,” said Tonkin, after racing the levers to a win at the muddy Kruger Farm race in Oregon a couple weekends ago. ” I can also plow through a lot of gears on the downshift.  This is a feature only offered by down-tube and bar-end shifters–modern STI levers don’t really afford two-way, multiple-gear shifting with one throw of a lever.”

Check the video after the break to see it in action. Basically, you can dump (or climb) the entire cassette’s worth of gears in about one second, quicker even than the 1.5 seconds it takes Campy’s new EPS electronic group to do it.

Photos and a little Q&A with Adam and Erik after the break…

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Oregon Handmade Show 2013: Ahearne’s immaculate stainless touring bike, Custom XL Cycle Truck

Ahearne Stainless Steel Touring Bike

I see a lot of bikes in this line of work, and honestly, it can take a lot to really blow me away these days.  One builder has done just that this year at the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show.  Mr. Joseph Ahearne has assembled nothing short of a masterpiece.  In fact, it was on display at the Portland Art Museum as part of a rotating exhibit during the Cyclepedia show they had.

The bike pictured above is a 26″ wheeled, breakaway touring rig constructed of polished stainless steel tubing from KVA.  Why not XCR or Reynolds 953?  Those tubesets are great for a race bike, but they are only offered in thin walled tubes that would not be well suited to a utilitarian build such as this one.  KVA however, offers a thicker walled tubeset that is perfect for a long haul rig.

The frame is fillet brazed, and it’s one of the best examples of brazing I have laid eyes on.  The fact that the is polished is really impressive,  because now everyone can see the amazing workmanship that goes into each tube joint.  The front and rear racks were custom made specifically for this bike.  The front rack is convertible as well, allowing you to run just the upper, lower, or both sections depending on what you will be carrying.  They are produced from cro-moly, as is the stem, and then the parts were chromed to match the rest of the bike.

The logo panel on the downtube is a laser cut piece if stainless that was left unpolished to stand out from the rest of the frame.  Polished stainless fenders, a custom Black Star frame bag, vintage XTR parts kit, and retroshift round out the bike.  The build took six weeks, working 10 – 12 hour days, seven days a week to completed.  Want one for your very own?  Well, it would take somewhere in the neighborhood of $25,000.  Not bad for a piece of art you can use.

Head past the break for a full gallery of this bike, plus a look at his latest cycle truck in size huge.

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