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Bar end shiftersGuidosan
Mar 3, 2003 3:33 PM
Well I hesitated to ask because it seems like a dumb question, and perhaps I should address this on the retro board. But after reading how a few people have put drop bars on their mountain bike, I'm starting to toy with this idea too. I'm still commuting on a seven-speed mtb and I thought I would use bar end shifters. I'm just not sure how to run the cables. Do you drill a hole for the cables through the handlebar? If so, what is the best way to determine where to drill and how is the best way to do this? Also since I have cantilever brakes, will this work with road brake levers?
Thanks for the help.
re: Bar end shiftersRusty Coggs
Mar 3, 2003 3:39 PM
I have seen holes drilled in the bars,but it certainly is not necessary, and I don't do it. There are also different ways to wrap the casing so as to conceal or not conceal it.You might find some pictures in the photo gallery at Cantis work with road levers in my experience.
okay but I would not do it........the bull
Mar 3, 2003 3:41 PM
first dont drill holes the cable runs on the bottom of the bar and is tucked under tape.
the brakes will work fine.
Second the Bull...cory
Mar 3, 2003 5:13 PM
The shifters feed the cables out along the bottom of the bars. You just run them up to a convenient spot (some people go almost all the way to the stem; I just go until the bar starts to curve up), take a double wrap of tape (or a wrap of strapping tape under the bar tape) where they leave the bars, to keep the housing from tearing the tape), then wrap the tape normally the rest of the way. You'll see how it goes once you start.
FWIW, I've had barends for eight or 10 years, and I love 'em. Mostly it's what I'm used to, but they work and they're convenient.
If you're interested...Quack
Mar 4, 2003 6:44 AM
I tried the MTB/Drop Bar conversion and scrapped the idea shortly after riding the bike. I still have the shifters and drop bar if you want to try the project on the cheap. The shifters are Shimano's 8-speed indexed/friction bar-end shifters (purchased new from Performance) and the cables run out the bottom of the lever and follow the bottom of the bar. You might need new cables and housings if the cables are too short but I'd send you the shifters and bar for $20+shipping if you'd like to try it.

Thanks for the help, another questionGuidosan
Mar 4, 2003 9:26 AM
Thanks for all the help. I looked at the pictures on the
Rivendell site and I think I see how the cables exit the shifter but stay on the outside of the bar. It doesn't seem like anybody really likes this idea, so what are the problems with it?

Sounds like a good idea. Email me at and we can work something out. Will these shifters work on a 7-speed with indexed shifting our will I be limited to the friction mode? Also why did you scrap the idea?
One last thing. If you advertise on the RBR site, I will pay for the ad, feel a little guilty about not supporting a site that has helped me out so much.

I've done exactly what you're suggesting.brider
Mar 4, 2003 11:25 AM
And I actually liked it. Different. Not for VERY technical stuff, but for a commuter, it'll be fine.

Don't drill the bars -- if you take the rig off road, you'll really be compromising the integrity of the bars. Besides, it's not necessary, as you've found out.

I've done the cable runs exiting the tape just off the flats of the bar, and another set-up where they exited next to the brake levers. Both worked well. Depends a bit on how high the shifters are relative to the down tube.