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Bar-end or STI Shifters???(4 posts)

Bar-end or STI Shifters???Mike E.
Mar 21, 2001 12:28 PM

I'm ready to go ahead and purchase a complete Surley Crosscheck and am wondering if I should stick with the Dura-Ace bar-end shifters it comes with or if I should toss on some 105 STI shifters. The bike will mainly be used for year-round commuting Chicago. What are people's thoughts?

Thanks in advance,
re: Bar-end or STI Shifters???whats up with salsa bell lap?
Mar 21, 2001 11:34 AM
I found a decent deal on new 105 stis at i paid $105 total for them. I think you could definitely sell the bar-ends and levers online and not end up too much in the hole. whether it be racing or commuting sti is very plush.
re: Bar-end or STI Shifters???mtnrogue
Mar 22, 2001 9:37 AM
Probably not that much more $$ for sti..and makes handling more better & safer 105's work fine.
re: Bar-end or STI Shifters???Jon M.
Mar 24, 2001 4:52 PM
Mike, I built my Crosscheck up after Christmas with Ultegra STI and I've been commuting about 50 miles a week to work. I've been really happy with the performance, and I'm sure you'll be pleased with the 105's performance on the road. I've tried bar-ends in the past and unless your competing or into a more retro set-up. the STI's would be the best set-up for the road. The bigger issue with STI's may be when you go offroad. They don't take the hits very well when you biff and replacement components can be costly. FYI, the STI levers matched up well with a Salsa Bell Lap bar.Regards,jm