The SC59 Fireblade is known for being a little clunky when changing gear. Anything to help gear changes smooth are a bonus in my book!
So far, there seems to be only two products out there that help to offer smoother gear changes.
The first is from Gilles, which sells in the UK for around £65.
It boasts the following features:
- Needle bearing
- Hard anodized
- TItanim colour
- Helps to eliminate gear shift problems.
- Gearshaft stands too far out of the gear box, it bends elastically when shifting hard or quick which is the reason for imprecise gear shifting.
- The shiftholder stabilises the gear shaft and eliniates vague shifting.
Sato describe the Shift Spindle holder as:
Shift Spindle Holder adds strength and rigidity to the shift rod linkage for smoother operation and extra durability. Gold anodized billet aluminum with a Teflon inner bushing.
I am undecided which one to go with as yet. I have Sato Street hooks which look great but the Shift spindle holder only comes in gold. The Gilles comes in titanium effect and uses needle bearings to ease changes. The Gilles is also cheaper but may be heavier that the sato item.
I'll keep yoy posted with my decision.