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Barcon vs. STI performance(5 posts)

Barcon vs. STI performanceJakob
May 23, 2002 12:23 PM
I searched the archives for some info on this debate but I didn't find the info that I'm looking for.

For those of you who have used both systems, which do you prefer purely from a racing performance point of view? I have had 8 spd STI system on my cx race bike but now I have gone to using a single ring and I feel it's pretty silly to have a set of STI 600 levers on a bike that has no front deraileur. However, I have grown very accustomed to shifting from the hoods and it makes me wonder if I am going to regret throwing barcons on the bike.

So, basic question, do barcons slow you down while racing?

Oh, and are the currently available Shimano Barcons indexed for doubles or triples? I am thinking of putting a pair on a touring bike. Thanks
Barcons can be used for double or triple:NMBAM
May 23, 2002 6:52 PM
The only downside to barcons for racing is...Ray Sachs
May 30, 2002 6:31 AM
you can't shift while climbing out of the saddle (maybe if you're in the drops and holding on near the back you could manage it, but it's a tough move). Otherwise, they're fine. As far as double vs. triple, the left barcon doesn't index anything - it's pure friction and has enough range for double or triple. To me, friction is a far better idea for front shifters, so I see this as an advantage of barcons. Some folks might prefer indexing up front too.

Thanks for answering all of my questions!...NMJakob
May 30, 2002 12:18 PM
The only downside to barcons for racing is...Velocipedio
Jun 1, 2002 7:47 AM
Actually, I rather dislike Shimano's indexing at the front, that's ONE of the reasons [one, and not the main one] why I'm considering changing over to Campy and using the Shimano components to build up a 'cross bike for my GF.