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STI vs. Barcon --- Weight(3 posts)

STI vs. Barcon --- Weightctxcrossx
Jun 30, 2001 7:57 AM
What are the weight differences for the two setups? I've always heard that the barcon setup is much lighter than the STI, but while looking through catalogs, this doesn't seem to be the case.

Barcon shifters: 183 gr
Aero Brake levers: 260 gr
Total: 443 gr

STI (dura-ace): 432 gr

Are these numbers accurate? Is there something I'm not taking into account? Thanks in advance for your help.

re: STI vs. Barcon --- WeightRay Sachs
Jul 2, 2001 7:53 AM
I don't know if they're accurate or not, but weight isn't the reason I like barcons. They're just more reliable, won't get mucked up riding in harsh conditions, and are easy to switch over to friction in case your indexing gets weird on you during a ride. STI is great for a fast or light duty road bike, but for anything abusive like cross, mtb, or touring, I'd rather have a trusty set of barcons.

Figs look right...muncher
Jul 2, 2001 11:29 AM
But Ray is right - go for what you like, not the weight. Personally, I have Ergo on the CX, but I can see why people don't (especially as I damaged mine with a croquet mallet while playing bike polo after a few (too many) beers at a very good bar-b-que the other week, but that's another story)...