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    9-speed BarCon shifter w/ Sram x.9

    I converted my flat bar 1x9 into a drop bar single speed for the winter and like the feel a lot better. As spring arrives I've been longing for about 6 more gears so I want to put the 9 speed cassette back and derailleur on. I thought about using a mount extentsion and put my flat bat shifter on that. I think it would be ugly and cumbersome, though.

    What BarCon shifter would work with a Sram x.9 9-speed RD?

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    Since I don't believe that SRAM make any 9-speed bar-end shifters, your best option is to go with a Shimano bar-end shifter, then use a Jtek shiftmate to make the cable pull correct for you SRAM X-9 rear derailleur.

    However, the shiftmate is about US$40 and a bit of a hassle. For the same price you could get a Tiagra rear derailleur instead, and for a bit more than that you could get one of more comparable quality to your X-9 (and you could try to sell the X-9 to offset the cost).

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    As above... might be a pain to get the X9 to shift with any available bar end shifters... I was looking at the friction-only bar end shifters available through rivbike.com (rivendell) and they claim the shifters will work with any available derailleurs except SRAM MTB style derailleurs- the ESP system requires more cable pull per shift so I assume the total amount of cable you have to pull to get to all the rear cogs is simply too great for available bar cons.

    Swapping to a Shimano rear derailleur (or SRAM 10 speed or other derailleur that is compatible with available bar cons) is probably the easiest option.

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    I found some Ultegra BarCon shifters that are friction compatible for the right side. Would they be able to make this work? I know it is a different pull ratio between the two but I don't know which pulls more. If say a 10degree turn of the barcon pulls a Shimano RD 2 gears over, would a SRAM RD move 4 over or one?

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    It is more likely that you will run out of shifter travel before you Move a SRAM ESP shifter through all of its range. Other than that, most if not all Shimano Barcons have an optional friction mode for the right/rear shifter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    It is more likely that you will run out of shifter travel before you Move a SRAM ESP shifter through all of its range. Other than that, most if not all Shimano Barcons have an optional friction mode for the right/rear shifter.
    I've heard of people running SRAM ESP derailleurs with Shimano bar-end shifters by running the cable through a Travel Agent to get the extra cable pull. Friction shifting, of course:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    I've heard of people running SRAM ESP derailleurs with Shimano bar-end shifters by running the cable through a Travel Agent to get the extra cable pull. Friction shifting, of course:
    If cable pull is the issue, a travel agent is the solution.



    I've never actually seen one used for a shifter, but if they work for brakes, they ought to work for shifters.

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    I'm going to fabricate a 2:1/1:2 travel agent... Maybe. Debating this plus barcon purchase (can only find pairs, not right side only) versus putting the flat bar back on. Decisions... decisions...

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