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Kelly Take-Off'sjrm
Sep 15, 2002 7:12 AM
Anyone have any experience with these? Are they a good alternative to bar end or STI shifters?
re: Kelly Take-Off'sBAM
Sep 15, 2002 12:39 PM
I like them, but if you have small hands/short fingers they could be problematic. I run triples on mine and find the throw on the left one a bit long but workable. I wish that Kelly would have made them a half inch shorter to bring them closer to the brakelever. Also if put on a bar with a flare(ie. salsa bell lap) the takeoff is at a slight angle not straight out as it would be on a regular road bar. All in all I prefer them to barend placement and they are more reliable then STI.
re: Kelly Take-Off'svarmit
Sep 16, 2002 11:17 AM
I switched to Take Offs on my cross bike after last season. I have been training on it for the last several weeks and have easily adapted to the shifter location. I realy like my set up with these. The ergonomics are much better than I expected. You do need to experiment a little to find the ideal shifting methods - the back of your hand works well to shift the rear when in the drops, the thumb when on the hoods. These are probably one of those devices that you either love or hate. Good luck.
re: Kelly Take-Off'sflyweight
Sep 17, 2002 2:03 PM
I tried them a few years back. Overall, I prefer them to bar-end shifters but still find STI/Ergo to be superior. Only real "issues" I had with them was that the make taping your bars a bit more of a challenge. The one thing they do have going in their favor over STI/Ergo is that you can shift from the tops of the bars (assuming your fingers are long enough)