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New to CX, wants to know why bar end shifters(7 posts)

New to CX, wants to know why bar end shifterstns1972
Sep 20, 2002 7:31 PM
STI rocks, it's the coolest thing to happen to road type bikes since "Aero Brake Levers". So why do cx'ers use bar end shifters, is there destruction factor?
re: New to CX, wants to know why bar end shiftersBAM
Sep 21, 2002 8:16 AM
They are cheaper,simple, and more reliable in mud. They are also in a better position during a crash where as STI is right up front when you go down. Another alternative is to use Kelly Take Offs which use downtube shifters and place the shifter closer to the brakelever. Take Offs are not as convenient as STI but the placing is perferable to barends for some people.
re: New to CX, wants to know why bar end shiftersflyweight
Sep 23, 2002 10:27 AM
I'd hardly call aero brake levers a great thing! For starters, the bend required to run the cables under the tape adds considerable friction compared to the more natural bend of a non-aero lever. I used to have a road bike that had what I considered to be the ultimate brake setup: Shimano DuraAce non-aero levers paired with Campy Record dual pivot calipers connected with teflon cables and Campy housing. Incredibly smooth brakes!

The whole aero brake lever thing came about as a result of Shimano's botched AX group of the early 80's.
re: can shift with mittensrichpierce
Sep 23, 2002 2:11 PM
When it gets mighty cold I have a hard time shifting Shimano STI (to a harder gear) because I may have stiff fingers or thicker gloves and can't feel the little ticker. Plus w/o going Campy, can do the big slam and go from easiest gear to hardest in one swoop.
it's all about the Benjaminsatpjunkie
Sep 23, 2002 3:30 PM
1 crash in dirt and mud with bar ends, finish race, clean bike go home.
1 crash in dirt and mud with STI (Ultegra for example purposes)
no shifting for rest of race with one or both shifters. clean bike, go home spend $179 to replace 5 cent part.
Why Campy Ergos are better (can field dress and replace parts not entire unit(both sides))
if you are stuck with Shimano (the Microsoft of cycling) it will be hundreds of dollars cheaper to use bar cons.
Plus you look like a RetroFreak angry Luddite.
I'm feelin' yatns1972
Sep 24, 2002 9:33 AM
...but what the hell is a "Luddite". When I break my STI's, I'll probably switch to bar cons.
thanks for the feedback!
I'm feelin' yaatpjunkie
Sep 24, 2002 10:37 AM
Luddites are people who staunchly stick to tradition regardless if it is no longer beneficial to them. They'll stick to it despite the fact that new things are better. Quakers are Luddites in a way as are Single Speeders (in some cases) and all other Retro Grouches.