9 Speed Twist Grip Shifter for the left hand side

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Fabian, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    G'day all

    I'm curious if a left hand side, 9 speed twist grip shifter exists to operate the rear derailleur.

    I hate a thumb shift system but with a throttle on the right hand side, it leaves no other usable option.


  2. Porkchop

    Porkchop Member

    I don't know anything about a left hand shifter, but one alternative, if you're not aware of it is what's called "rapid fire shifters" with integrated brake lever. My Schwinn came with factory twist grips, which I hate period. When I installed my engine I swapped over to the rapid fires with integrated brake lever to get rid of some of the clutter on my handle bars and to allow space for a finger controlled throttle lever. The rapid fire shifter with integrated brake lever comes in both left and right hand configuration, but I don't know if you can find a left hand side that does more than 3 clicks for the front deraileaur. You can get good ones for aourn $40.00+/-. Hope this helps.
  3. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    Why not use a right-hand grip-shift on the left?
    Works perfectly and you soon get used to which way to turn it to change up or down.
    Both my bikes have 6-speed (RHS) grip-shifts mounted on the LHS.
    Up until a few weeks ago, like you, I was using a thumb-shift on the MB. (My electric came with a LHS grip-shift.)
    Grip-shifts are heaps safer and easier to use, especially on rough ground. I used to often find myself double-shifting on bumps with the thumb-shift.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2010
  4. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    Totally agree with you Steve, on the safety aspect of using a grip shift.

    Personally, i don't find the ergonomics of using a throttle and a thumb shift conducive to having full control over the bike.
    The concept of having to take your hand off the throttle and try and play around with the thumb shifter, haplessly trying to find the right gear and then placing your hand back on the throttle, whilst braking or turning is not the best way of going about things.

    A twist grip shifter is a far more safe and ergonomically friendly.

    I guess your method of using a right hand side grip shifter on the left works adequately - I'll have to try it out.

    Having said that, it would be helpful if there was a manufacturer that made a left hand side grip shift for the rear derailleur.

  5. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    I reckon that a RHS grip-shift is more than adequate, it's better on that side in my opinion. Easier to remember.
    It turns in the same direction as the throttle, in a sense:-
    You turn the top of the throttle twist-grip toward you to go faster and you turn the top of the (LHS) grip-shift towards you to change up through the gears.

    You can still clearly see the gear indication, except that the numbers are upside-down.
    (I also got a little cable-driven 1 1/2" circular gear indicator gauge with my new grip-shift, but didn't fit it - too corny.)
  6. Jax Rhapsody

    Jax Rhapsody Member

    Thumb shifters are better than twist shifters. But I do remember a few road bikes that use the brake lever if thats what some of you was talking about. It looks like a regular brake lever but you move it sideways and it shifts. I donot think iit matters which side you use. Frome the looks of it the brake lever is like a iPod click wheel it'll just shift till the derailure runs outta gear.
  7. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    Why? You have to partly remove your hand from the bars to change gears - not safe on rough roads at 40-60kph.

    N.B. I just read back through the thread. What is not mentioned is that in this case the gears are being used in conjunction with a shift-kit, so they're being used all of the time while the engine is running.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2010
  8. Hajuu

    Hajuu Member

    Fabian: That's what im using :D
  9. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    Why? You have to partly remove your hand from the bars to change gears - not safe on rough roads at 40-60kph

    I totally agree with you Steve - can't put it better myself.
    Considering i'm using a thumb shift, i can give some form of feedback.

    A twist grip has a higher aspect of safety, and that's what i'll be upgrading my bike with; throwing away the thumb shifter - it's only place is to be inside the rubbish bin.

  10. a/c man

    a/c man Member

    I agree with you guys. Twist shifter on the left side is the only way to go, especially with the shift kit.
    It's not sane having the throttle and shifter both on the right hand side.
    The only somewhat tricky part is making sure you downshift before you need to pull the clutch in for stop signs and red lights.
    Also agree with dual pull brake lever, after all we humans only have 2 hands.
  11. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    a/c man, JaxRhapsody was talking about a different, (inferior), type of lever not a normal dual-pull.

    I fitted an SBP dual-pull a couple of months ago. One of the better mods.
    It's also not sane to have clutch, rear brake and gears on the LHS.

    You soon get used to changing down through the gears as you slow down, but unlike a motorcycle, it has to be a conscious effort since there's no engine braking due to the freewheel.
  12. HseLoMein

    HseLoMein Member

    I have a pretty complicated setup. but it works well for me. from left to right i have brake, and clutch levers, light switches and on the right side i have twist shifter, brake lever and throttle. I find that having a throttle and twist shifter forces you to remove your hand from the throttle, which will minimize stress on the drive train and freewheel sprockets as you shift. and it is good for breaking in a engine because you are giving it varying levels of throttle.

    It may not be sane, but i love it. and it makes the bike that much more less likely to be stolen.
  13. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    The awkward bit, though, is the clutch and brake on the same side.
    I used to have mine set up that way, with clutch on top, but it was annoying to use.
    Honestly, it's worth buying a dual-pull brake just to try if nothing else.
    I had all sorts of reservations, especially relating to front/rear balance, but it's much better than I expected.

    Forgot to add - you posted a link to a video of your setup the other day and I can't remember exactly where. Is it handy? (Got the new PC set up.)
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2010
  14. Lazieboy

    Lazieboy Member

    Handle grips

    Hey, What is the best way to take handle grips off handlebars. Other than cutting.
  15. Pablo

    Pablo Motored Bikes Sponsor

    Air gun works well. Stick long tip under grip and blow. Whilst wiggling.

    I have another method but it's dangerous if you don't clean everything well when done, then degrease. WD-40 with straw tube. Stick tube under grip and spray away. Whilst wiggling.
  16. a/c man

    a/c man Member

    Stick a long slender screwdriver and pry a little up at the end (toward the steering neck)
    Use windex and spray it in the crack and wiggle and twist.
  17. buzbikebklyn1

    buzbikebklyn1 New Member

    Theirs no reason why one couldn't use a twist shifter on the LHS. I've set up a few bikes like that and once your used to shifting left handed it works perfectly well.
    I like the pull start/centrifugal clutch kit, from Pirate, it works nice with a shift kit, really smooths things out.
    I also like the classic left hand front brake, right hand rear brake set up and I didn't want to be bothered clutching for all stops.
    Any thing that make you smoother in traffic also makes you faster and safer in my opinion.
    I run a 9 speed rear cluster with shift kit and Shimano XT trigger shifters on the RHS... the trick?
    I use a throttle lever instead of a twist throttle.
    (small brake levers are gear for this)
    It also negates the possibility of a few common riding errors on moto bikes.
    #1- you cant throttle and brake at the same time.
    #2- its hard to "power" shift, which keeps the drive train intact longer.
    By all means... try the LHS twist shifter... you might like it.BBB