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Barcons- friction shift OK?(4 posts)

Barcons- friction shift OK?bkelly19
Jul 24, 2001 6:03 PM
I have a chance to get a set of used barcons pretty cheap ($20) but they are friction shift only. While indexing has its obvious advantages (and disadvantages...), I was wondering if any of you use or have used friction shift barcons on a cross bike? I have only had minimal experience with friction shifting (down tube on a road bike, and thumb shifter on cheap mtb), and am not sure how well it would work on a cross bike. Are my fears well founded, or should I snatch up the shifters while I have a chance?

Perfectly fine [nm]esoteric
Jul 25, 2001 7:28 AM
used 'em on both my road bikes for yearscory
Jul 25, 2001 11:44 AM
I haven't cyclocrossed with them, but I've used barcons in friction mode on three road bikes for at least 10 years. Once you get used to the feel, I think you'll do fine. I can't really speak for the heat of battle, though.
let them gominor threat
Jul 27, 2001 9:14 AM
20 is not all that cheap. you can get current d/a barcons for 45, so pony up, cheapscape :). seriously though, i rode billions of miles with friction bar-cons- raced off road, toured europe, used them on an off road tandem racing against single bikes on tight single-track, even won more than a couple downhill slaloms on them, believe it or not (admittedly a few years ago...) ! anyway, they are not that great. particularly for cx, where the last thing you need to worry about is trimming a finicky rear derailleur. friction works worse the more gears you have, also, 6spd was fine, 7spd ok, 8spd getting pretty finicky, and 9spd is not worth trying. now then. INDEXED bar-cons work as good as anything out there, and only cost 20 bucks more. get the indexed.