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New to Dura Ace shifters, question:(7 posts)

New to Dura Ace shifters, question:OldEdScott
Aug 1, 2003 9:35 AM
When upshifting the front deraileur, the left shifter seems to operate like a friction shifter. No index stops, just a sort of ratchety slide across till the chain grabs the big ring and you quit pushing. Infinitely adjustable on the upshift, useful for trim.

This is different from Ultegra, where upshifting involved very definite indexed clicks.

This is the way it's designed, right? (If not, I ain't gonna fix it because I LIKE it.)
Mine has 3 clicks.....Dave Hickey
Aug 1, 2003 9:46 AM
I wish it were friction. My DA front has 3 postions.
I have three definite stops downshifting (big ring to little).OldEdScott
Aug 1, 2003 10:03 AM
I'm sitting in my office playing with my.........Dave Hickey
Aug 1, 2003 10:27 AM
left shifter:-) You are correct, going from little to big works more like friction. Big to little is 3 clicks
Aug 1, 2003 10:35 AM
On mine, I count 3 total positions (2 clicks) going from the big ring to small, and 7 positions (6 clicks) from small to large, although 2 of the 7 are the same because they both keep the cage against the lower limit screw.
re: New to Dura Ace shifters, question:divve
Aug 1, 2003 10:51 AM
This is also allows some play adjusting the cable tension. When set looser for instance the front derailleur will drop further from the big ring with an intermediate shift and allow for more cross chaining. To see the full effect shift to the small ring first before you make an adjustment. Then shift to the big ring and engage the intermediate shift.
Mine has no click stopsAl1943
Aug 2, 2003 9:51 AM
My 1998 D-A STI front shifter has no click stops, does have friction trimming up to 5mm. That's the way I like it. I can use all but one gear combination with no chain rub on the derailleur.