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Newbie Q - Bar-end vs STI(7 posts)

Newbie Q - Bar-end vs STIKevinB
Sep 28, 2003 4:43 PM
Which shifters are better for cross? Is the only advantage to the barend shifters reliability? Which is more popular, it seems that all pre-built bikes come with STI.


re: Newbie Q - Bar-end vs STIarctic hawk
Sep 29, 2003 3:24 AM
My Trek was originally equipped with bar con & not having really experienced STI, my personal preference is bar-con. From what I can gather, many prefer STI for the ability to keep your hands on the hoods. The flip side is that a crash that involves your STI levers will set you back a few $$$ whereas, from personal experince, bar cons can take a good beating & are drop dead reliable.

Here are some opinions from way back when. I am certain that there were more conversaions regarding this subject matter, if you want to poke about.

Arctic Hawk
re: Newbie Q - Bar-end vs STIswimbikerunjump
Sep 29, 2003 6:11 AM
Since I got STI's I would never ride bar ends again on a cross bike. My tri bike has bull horn end shifters but thats where you ride on a TT bike. I like the shifters where I keep my hands - makes for quick shifting (I shift all the time)
re: 95% will prefer STIrichpierce
Sep 29, 2003 9:04 AM
The main reasons to use bar-ends are reliability in extreme conditions, ability to actually shift at 20 below zero with mittens on, price, weight, and to be different. Compared with most shimano sti's you also get the option with bar-ends of doing the grand slam at one stroke- shifting thru the whole cassette range in one swell foop.
re: Newbie Q - Bar-end vs STIm barnett
Sep 29, 2003 11:36 AM
One thing I found with bar-cons is that one can hit them with kneees or thighs if he or she isn't careful, say on a tight turn while out of the saddle.

This could be a result of me being a spaz or having the bars not set right.

My 2 cents....
Sep 29, 2003 12:46 PM
I think bar ends and levers are lighter than STI (for the weight weenies) and that you can trim the F-D to stop chain rub in extreme gear combos (it happens when you are dying sometimes). my main reason is I don't like paying Shimano $179 every time I break a .02 cent part.
Sep 29, 2003 3:44 PM
I used to use knee-shifting on purpose sometimes when I had some narrow road bars on my bike...sprinting away from a stop, I'd just toss throw gears down a few with a flick of the seriously, I did. But that was after doing it by accident a bunch of times and getting used to it.

Anyway, that sucked, but I've since switched to Salsa (Moto Ace) Bell Lap bars and that has never happened since. Well maybe once, but that was definately a spaz on my part.

Bar-cons ALL THE WAY.