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Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Northeast Ohio, USA
Bikes: Masi Speciale Fixed, Fuji America Fixed, "Modernized" Gitane
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If you're planning to purchase a current model complete Cross Check from a LBS, there is no issues whatsoever with upgrading to STI. The bar ends that come on the bike are, in fact, indexed (at least the rear shifter is). It will be a drop-in replacement. The cables don't exactly "plug-in" though, it is a bit more involved than that.
If you are purchasing complete bike built-up by a consumer...all bets are off.
I feel more like I do now than when I first got here.