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Anonymous asked in SportsCycling · 1 month ago

Which is better, Microshift or Shimano Tourney STI shifters?

5 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago

    Microshift is a company, like Shimano. Also like Shimano they make a range ot components. So I don' t know what quality level of Microshift you're talking about. OTOH, I know that Tourney is one of the lowest named levels that Shimano makes. So the answer is "42". Microshift may be better, or it may not.

  • 1 month ago

    Pay no attention to Sidewinder Jerry.  He wouldn't know a good road bike shifter if it bit him in the @ss.  Seriously Jerry?  The question is about STI shifters, not twist grip MicroShift shifters.  Those things are the lowest of the low. 

    Shimano Tourney STI shifters are the lowest integrated brake/shift ones they make.  Comparable ones from MicroShift will be equally low.      

  • 1 month ago

    I'm actually using both shifters on the motorized Schwinn Sidewinder featuring a triple chainring shift kit, I'm currently building. The engine is a Robin Subaru 35. It drives an 18.75:1 reduction gear box. The gear box to shift kit ratio is 15:44.  This then drives the following chainrings 28,36,44. The chainrings drive a custom built 7 speed freewheel  (34,28,24,21,18,15,13). The reduction range is 66.79:1 to 16.25:1.

    All shifting is done with the left hand. It gets shifted like this:

    Climbing or load pulling


    General use around town 


    Open road


    For 9 non redundant gear ratios that eliminates cross chaining. The only time chainrings will be shifted is when either using sprockets (3) or (5). The trigger shifter controls the front 3 chainrings; while the twist shifter controls the rear 7 cogs. Both shifter perform about the same. I'll be putting a longer brake lever on the trigger shifter.

    @David D., Microshift makes a twist shifter, Shimano Tourney STI also makes a trigger shifter

    The OP never said it was for a road bike. What I build works and works well. 

    David D. you should know a lot about @$$e$ because you seem to keep your nose stuck in one.

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    Source(s): Motorized bicycle owner and builder.
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    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    This is like asking, "Which is better, pile of crap 'A' or pile of crap 'B'?"  Shimano Tourney STI shifters & the counterpart from MicroShift are both equally bad.  Sorry...don't shoot the messenger.   

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  • 1 month ago

    In all capital letters...WHAT LEVEL OR STYLE MICROSHIFT? 🤔  If you're comparing a MicroShift 2 X 7 or 3 X 7 system to the equivalent Shimano Tourney STI shifters...they're both about the same.  Crap!  Here's the 3 X 7 from MicroShift.  Yes, it is compatible with Shimano gears & derailleurs.  

    Every company knows what the competition makes & will build something of equal value for about the same price.  A 2 X 7 or 3 X 7 drivetrain is basically obsolete.  Why?  Because most use a cheap (inferior) freewheel rear cog instead of the better "freehub" and cassette.  Here's the difference...

    Seven gears on the rear cog doesn't give a person a lot of choices.  With 8, 9 or 10 gears on the rear cog, the gap or jump between gears isn't so great.  This is vitally important when climbing a hill or riding into a headwind.  This gives the cyclist more & better choices to lock in his or her ideal "cadence" - pedal rpm.  To explain further...let's say your climbing a hill & 1st gear is too easy.  You shift to 2nd gear & now it's too difficult.  More gears = more choices for difficult conditions.  Every serious cyclist I know uses at least Shimano Sora components ( 2 X 9) or higher.  Cadence explained on this link...      

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