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Vintage Components - Shimano shift levers

On this page: Dura Ace 7-speed index downtube shift levers | 600 EX Arabesque downtube friction shifters | Z-Series friction downtube shifters | Deore XT 7-speed thumb shifters

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Shimano Dura-Ace 7-speed index/friction down tube shift levers. lightly used, $75.00

Part# SL-60

These levers were produced in 1987 and 1988. They can be run in either index or friction mode. The contour frame adapter fittings that these levers attach to are not shown. They are included. But because different bikes will use different pieces, when you get in touch with us to buy these levers, we'll make sure you get the right adapters.

Weight for the pair of levers is about 65 grams.

Dura-Ace downtube 7-speed index levers

Clearly, these levers have had little use.

Shimano Dura-Ace downtube shift levers

The lever back sides

Shimano 600 EX Arabesque clamp-on downtube friction shift levers. used $50.00

Our part# SL-61

Shimano part number SL-6200

Shimano produced these ornate shifters from 1978 until 1984. With the introduction of SIS index shifting, they were discontinued.

Shimano Arabesque downtube friction shifters

Traditional clamp-on downtube shifters

Shimano 600 EX downtube friction shifters

From the back

Shimano Z-Series friction downtube shifters. Lightly used. $30.00

Part# SL-81

Z-Series components were reliable mid-range parts made in the mid-1980s.

Shimano's part number is Z408

Z-series downtube shifter

In great condition

Shimano shifters

And from the back.

Shimano Deore XT light-action 7-speed thumb shifters. Used. $90.00

These thumb shifters were produced from 1989 into the mid 1990s.

They have a lever that allows them to be converted from index to friction shifting.

Though they are made for 7-speed, by using the “ghost” shift position, they can be used as 8-speed.

Shimano Deore XT 7-speed levers

No sign of crashing or hard use.

Shimano Deore XT 7-speed thumb shifter

Another sign of their light use: Gear cables haven't worn into the lever groove.