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Old 10-17-07, 11:02 AM   #1
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Mounting Bar-end shifters near the hoods?

Is it possible to mount bar end shifter near the hoods on drop bars? I know Paul's thumbies allow them to be mounted on the flats, but what about above or below the hoods? Is this a possibility or functional? How does this compare to Kelly take-offs with down tube shifters?
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Not any way that I can think of to mount them. You need Thumbies or the take off.
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Not any way that I can think of to mount them. You need Thumbies or the take off.

I know that I need Paul's Thumbies to mount them. My question is if I can mount my bar-end shifter near the HOODS (above or below ) rather than on the flats.
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I know that I need Paul's Thumbies to mount them. My question is if I can mount my bar-end shifter near the HOODS (above or below ) rather than on the flats.
You need the Kelly Take Offs. (that's if you can find them)
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How durable and funtional are Kelly take-offs? Do any of you have experience with them?
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You don't have to use Paul Thumbies. I mounted Ultegra bar end shifters on Suntour thumb shifter mounts. They are on 7/8" bars, but the steel clamps could be spread to fit road bars.



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How durable and funtional are Kelly take-offs? Do any of you have experience with them?
Quite functional. I have them on my dirt road and paved road bikes. If you do most of your riding from the tops or hoods you'll love 'em.
As for durability, I think the handlebar would snap before the Take-Off.
One caveat: if you have interrupter levers the shift lever may foul the brake lever at the rearward end of its travel. Careful adjustment of the interrupter lever angle will fix this.
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How durable and funtional are Kelly take-offs? Do any of you have experience with them?
They will outlast the bike. I have them on my rain/beater bike and they are super strong but not too heavy. I replaced a set of bar-end shifters with them and actually saved 10 grams.

They are quite functional and are the nearest thing to STI/Ergo at much reduced cost. Certainly MUCH more accessble that downtube or bar-end shifters, particularly when you are standing.

They do have one problem. Chris Kelly closed his business so I don't know where you can buy them these days.
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They can usually be found on the 'bay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/KELLY-BIKE-CO-TA...QQcmdZViewItem

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