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Old 12-16-09, 05:06 PM   #1
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DUra Ace 9 speed BarEnd Shifter question

Can anyone tell me if an SL-BS77 left (forward der) shifter will pull enough cable to shift a rear der thru all 9 cogs?
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Old 12-16-09, 05:32 PM   #2
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Trouble is there are no detents (click stops) in the left shifter. It could be done with a downtube friction shifter.

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Trouble is there are no detents (click stops) in the left shifter. It could be done with a downtube friction shifter.

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I was thinking maybe the OP meant that they wanted to simply use the left shifter for a right shifter, even if it's just in friction mode.
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I was thinking maybe the OP meant that they wanted to simply use the left shifter for a right shifter, even if it's just in friction mode.
Too much Christmas shopping for my old bones. I forgot that the OP was talking about bar ends. Sorry.
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Can anyone tell me if an SL-BS77 left (forward der) shifter will pull enough cable to shift a rear der thru all 9 cogs?
The amount of physical lever travel is the same on both sides. If you're planning on using the left for the right side, the lever will be very akward to use - pushing down etc.
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The amount of physical lever travel is the same on both sides. If you're planning on using the left for the right side, the lever will be very awkard to use - pushing down etc.
Uhhh... what? The levers operate the same on either side- the only issue with putting a "left" lever on the right side of the handlebar is that it's friction shifting only. Otherwise, no problem.
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Uhhh... what? The levers operate the same on either side- the only issue with putting a "left" lever on the right side of the handlebar is that it's friction shifting only. Otherwise, no problem.
I'm talking about using the left on the right side.
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Yes, it will work, now please tell us why
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I'm talking about using the left on the right side.
The OP is asking about bar-cons, not downtube shifters.
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Yes, it will work, now please tell us why
Thanks everyone, and sorry for not sharing the reason. We (wife and I ) both have touring bikes, with aero bars. I'm adding a rear brake lever and rear der shifter to the aero bars (using JTek splitters). DOn't want to have to buy two sets of shifters; now know I can buy one set, and use in friction mode.

Thanks again. BTW- been watching the SL-BS77s on EBay- lots of them selling for at or over what you can get new for. And most of them on Ebay do not include cables. Amazing...
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Uhhh... what? The levers operate the same on either side- the only issue with putting a "left" lever on the right side of the handlebar is that it's friction shifting only. Otherwise, no problem.
Some bar-end levers , older Sun Tour for certain, had the lever ends angled and shaped so that they were more comfortable and ergonomic to use on a given side of the bars. You could use them on the "wrong side" but they weren't as comfortable to operate.

The Shimano 7-speed barends I still have in my parts box are symetrical so, except for giving up the index function, the left lever could be used on the right side with no operating difficulty. I presume newer Shimano barends have a similar shape.
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I have those levers. As stated above, you'll be perfectly fine except for the lack of indexing. I got mine new from BikepartsUSA this March for $61 plus $8 shipping to Canada. I just checked their website and the same levers are now selling for $113. Very strange.
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