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Vintage Components - Simplex shift levers

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Simplex Prestige clamp-on downtube shift levers, 6th version (?). Used, $50.00

Part# SL-160

  • This lever was produced from 1973 until 1979
  • This differs from the earlier, 5th version by having adjusting barrels rather than fixed housing stops.
  • These levers may have been affixed to a higher level band because it has a sunburst "S" rather than the winged "S". Or it might simply be a very early production of this lever with a band from the earlier version. The 5th version did have a sunburst clamp. The band looks to be in better condition than the other steel parts.
  • Levers are made of Delrin

Simplex Prestige shifters

Note these levers have a Sunburst Simplex logo.

Simplex Prestige shift levers

And the back side


Simplex Criterium clamp-on down-tube shift levers. Used

With the levers removed from the clamps, an indexable lever set can be mounted on these clamps.

We have two slightly different versions of this 1970s lever: #2 | #3

Simplex Criterium clamp-on down-tube shift levers #2. Used, $50.00

Simnplex Criterium shift lever

Note, this shifter has the Simplex winged logo

Simplex Criterium shifters

Here are the shifter from behind.

Simplex Criterium shifters

A useful, but not common view.

Simplex Criterium shifters

We've removed one lever so you can see the shape of the boss if you want to use a different, possibly indexed, shift lever.

Simplex Criterium clamp-on down-tube shift levers #3. Used, $50.00

These levers have screws rather than wing-nuts to tighten the friction plates.

Simplex Criterium shifter levers

Front view

Simplex Criterium shifters

From behind

Simplex Criterium shifters

These look to be an earlier set.

Simplex Criterium shifters

We've removed one lever so you can see the shape of the boss if you want to use a different, possibly indexed, shift lever.


Simplex SJ First Type clamp-on friction downtube shift levers. Used, $50.00

Part# SL-280

  • Produced 1979-1983

Sinmplex SJ shifter

In nice condition

Simplex SJ shifter

And from the back. Just as nice.


Simplex SJ First Type braze-on friction downtube shift levers. Used, $50.00

  • Produced 1979-1983

Simplez SJ shifters


Simplex SJ 2nd Type clamp-on friction downtube shift levers. Used, $50.00

Part# SL-281

  • Simplex part# SJ 6311
  • Produced 1984-1990
  • While looking much like Simplex's later retrofriction levers, these are simple friction levers. They were paired with the SX and SJA Simplex derailleurs.

Simplex downtube shifters

Picture from an old Simplex catalogue

Simplex downtube shifters

And here's our set.

Simplex shifters

And from the back


Simplex 7-speed downtube indexed shifters. New, $30.00/set

Part# 75307

  • We have three sets in stock.

Simplex shift levers

Top view

Simplex shift levers

Here are the levers flipped over.

Simplex shift levers

Side view