Shifter for both front and rear derailleur?

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  • #232306

    My mountain bike has a 3 x 9 drive train and I was wondering if I could get one shifter remote that controls both the front and rear derailleur, not including the Shimano electric shifter. If so what company makes it and what’s the model.

    #232328

    Are you looking for something that basically has just two levers (up / down) to control both derailleurs? I don’t think this would work very well without using electronics, but athletes with physical handicaps have been known to rig up one-handed shifting for two derailleurs like this:

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    #232362

    I would personally swap out that crankset for a 1x in the front, scrap the front derailleur, and just using your rear derailleur (9-speed).  Do you really need that front derailleur? Extra weight, extra complexity, and another thing that can get broken. But 1x is not for everybody either.

    #232367

    I converted my 3×9 with an 11-36 cassette to a 1×9 because I almost never used anything but the 30t middle ring. I changed it to a 1×9 with a 32t oval main ring and switching the cassette to a wide ratio 11-40; which required adding a Wolf-tooth road link so the derailleur could clear the larger ring. This doesn’t give you as much range as 3×9 but has worked fine for me.

     

    Another option that might work is getting a grip shifter to use for the front derailleur.

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