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My new (to me) cross bike just arrived(9 posts)

My new (to me) cross bike just arrivedcyclinseth
Dec 13, 2002 1:09 PM
I got it mainly for commuting/groceries/cruisin' but I'm figuring I might try cross racing.

My question is do I keep the 105 brake/shift levers or go with bar ends?

I can imagine that the bar ends may be a little inconveniently positioned compared to brake/shift levers especially in race situations, but I can also imagine that the mechanism may get clogged with mud and dirt fairly quickly.

Which style do you have? What would you recomend?
change to Campyweiwentg
Dec 13, 2002 2:00 PM
just kidding. keep the shifters; most people in MI use integrated shifters (and most of those are Shimano).
change to Campyjjohnson05
Dec 13, 2002 4:36 PM
No kidding, Campy works in the cold and wet!
You know what they say,...www-mtnpedaler-com
Dec 13, 2002 5:45 PM
Campy wears in. Shimano wears out.
re: My new (to me) cross bike just arrivedlaffeaux
Dec 13, 2002 2:04 PM
If you're mainly using it for road rides, definitely keep the 105s. The shifting is a lot easier IMO. Ride them 'til the break and then decide if you want something different.
re: My new (to me) cross bike just arrivedatpjunkie
Dec 13, 2002 2:49 PM
unless you have a roadie that could use the shifters, use them 'til they die. then go bar cons. yes STI's die in mud
re: My new (to me) cross bike just arrivedsnwbdrhoon
Dec 14, 2002 1:20 PM
i love sti. nuff said.
re: My new (to me) cross bike just arrivedjrm
Dec 15, 2002 8:40 AM
Sti shifter/brake levers limit what brakes you can use. Theyll allow cantis and mini V's but you cant use a full sized V brake by itself without using a agent or rollamagig and the results arent great.

Also the shfters/brakelevers limit what cranksets you can use. If you want a triple you can barney um but they wont work too well. Also Sti is real uncomfortable in the dirt.

Im using a full LX drivetrain using Kelly takeoffs for shifters.
Thanks for your responsescyclinseth
Dec 16, 2002 6:02 AM
I think for the time being I'm going to keep it the way it is. I don't feel like puting any more money into this thing. I've got other expenses right now.

I am interested in trying a cross race though.