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Paul Thumbies question....(2 posts)

Paul Thumbies question....bud wiser
Feb 3, 2004 7:26 AM
I saw a couple posts 1-2 weeks ago from some who are using these.

I just got some of these nifty gizmos to install on the cx bike I'm building. It will be a 1x8 or 1x9 setup. So I'm trying to decide whether to get 8sp or 9sp Shimano barcons. Of course it doesn't matter if I use friction mode on the shifters.

Since I never have used thumb shifters, do you guys find you use them in index (SIS?) mode or in friction mode most often? Does the SIS mode work well? ie. Do you think I'll be most happy using index or SIS mode?

Since you're doing a 1x8(9) setup...The Walrus
Feb 3, 2004 1:12 PM
...the fact that the front shifter is friction-only is a moot point. As for the rear, I use the indexed mode exclusively--it works extremely well for me, although the action is a little less "elegant", i.e., it takes a little more effort and has a more pronounced "clack" than STI. It's addictive, though....