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Can you use friction shifters with newer indexed derailleurs(6 posts)

Can you use friction shifters with newer indexed derailleurscw05
Nov 1, 2002 12:42 PM
I am building an old Koga road frame into a commuter bike and would like to use some old friction barcon shifters I have. However, I don't have any friction derailleurs, nor know where I can get any. Can I use a newer 9sp. Shimano ultegra derailleur if I just set my limits up for the 5sp. freewheel I want to use? Thanks.
Yup. (nm)Gregory Taylor
Nov 1, 2002 12:44 PM
Sure can...brider
Nov 1, 2002 12:46 PM
and it will probably perform better than the older friction derialleurs, especially if the cogs you're using have the ramps cut in them. Like the old days, you'll need to overshift a touch then settle back into the gear.
Yes, 'cause derailleurs are not indexed. (nm)Chen2
Nov 1, 2002 1:27 PM
been running that way for years, no probscory
Nov 1, 2002 2:42 PM
I've used my old barcons on four or five bikes, with weird combination drivelines (Helicomatic freewheel with Campy derailleur; Suntour with Huret). Always shifts fine, never a problem.
yes - it can take a little fettling thoughSpirito
Nov 1, 2002 3:00 PM
i have a 9 speed campy rear and use a suntour ultra 6 freewheel which is similar to your 5 speed freewheel in width. i shift with friction D/tube shifters and it feels like it was all made to work together.

i used a sram pc-48 (6,7,8 speed) and it seems OK on the pulleys, cogs and chainrings. if you can check or try a used chain to see if it all rolls through OK. this will probably be your only issue as 5 speed cogs may be a bit thicker than a chain that will mate with the derailleur pulleys may be.