Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Davis CA
Bikes: Surly Cross-Check, '85 Giant road bike (unrecogizable fixed-gear conversion
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Originally Posted by AndrewP
You may be able to recover some of the cost by selling the bar end friction shifters on Ebay because many people love them. .
But they don't love them that much.
The thing is that if the bike originally came with bar end shifters, then it probably doesn't have bosses for downtube shifters. Right?
Unless you get really lucky, STI shifters will set you back around $150-$200 for a pair. They will be 8 or 9 speed, which means that if you don't already have 8 or 9 rear sprockets you will need to get a new rear hub which would mean a new rear wheel. And if you only have 6 or 7 rear sprockets, that means your frame is narrower so you wil need to take it to a shop to have the rear triangle spread out to accomodate the wider hub.
The other problem is that STI shifters are indexed on the front derailleur as well. When I had them on my Trek 1000, I was always adjusting the front derailleur to keep it from rubbing the chain in certain gear combos.
Now I have indexed 9sp bar end shfiters on my Surly and I love them. The left side is still friction so I can adjust it on the fly.
You can get indexed bar end shifters nowadays. They are real nice I got some new 9sp dura ace shifters on ebay for about $60. They also have 8sp Ultegra. That would be cheaper, but you still have rear cassette/wheel/frame issues.
If you go to the Mikesbikes.com special order catelogue, you can find SunRace indexed clamp on downtube shifters for $15.95. That would be your cheapest option. When the right side is indexed, it makes a whole world of difference.