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    Dura-ace 9-speed bar end shifters 7700?

    These have the little D-ring adaptor on the shifter which allows the rear shifter to be used in friction mode.

    The 10-speed dura-ace bar end shifters do not have the friction option on the right/rear shifter.

    If i have a bike with complete 105 triple drivetrain 10-speed, can I swap out the 10-speed brifter/shifters for these 9-speed bar ends, use the friction mode, and be good to go leaving everything else as is?

    The only thing I can think of is the 10-speed chain might be too narrow if I swap out the 10-speed cassette for a 9-speed (for wider gear range)??

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    The 9spd shifters in friction mode will work fine on your 10spd drivetrain.

    The 10spd chain will work fine on your 9spd drivetrain.

    7800 series barend shifters (10spd) do have a friction mode. 7900 series barend shifters (10spd) do not have a friction mode.

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    What a bad decision on the part of Shimano.

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    Yeah, they're all sold out of those 7800s--nobody's got them.

    I can get 8-speed ultegra barends cheaper than the 9-speed da--they would also work on 10-speed system in friction mode, right?

    Sram and Campy barend shifters in friction mode would also work, right? Assuming they have a friction mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClarkinHawaii View Post
    Yeah, they're all sold out of those 7800s--nobody's got them.
    Wow! You're right. I just bought a set 2 months ago and they were in stock at many places.

    As for your question on SRAM and Campy working, I'm not 100% sure. I would think Campy would work if it does have a friction mode, but I'm not sure about SRAM because they have a different actuation ratio. You may need to use a SRAM RD.

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    Help me out here

    OK, so I'm ordering

    Shimano HG-50 9-Speed 11-34T MegaRange Cassette AND

    Shimano SL-BS77 9-Speed Double/Triple Bar End Shift Levers

    with the understanding that I can just replace only the shifters and cassette on my 10-speed system and I'm ready to fly with mtb low gears (I already have an XT long cage rear derail back there), right?

    I don't need any spacers to put on the freehub body? As I understand it, I just leave off the 1mm spacer that's on there already, and everything fits like a hand in a glove, right? just like it always works with bike stuff

    and then when I want to use my regular 10-speed cassette, I just put the shifter into friction mode, right? this seems too easy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonrobo02 View Post
    Wow! You're right. I just bought a set 2 months ago and they were in stock at many places.
    Actually i found a few places that still have them--you have to google
    SL-BS78 .

    I decided to go with the 9-speed, though, since I found them on sale at Niagara for $50 and the 9-speed 11-34 cassette is only 25. If i go with the 10-speed, it's $100 and either $133 for IRD 10-speed 11-34 cassette or wait yet another month for the new Shim mtb 10-speed cassettes which would be $50 minimum and might not work.

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    Clark, it sounds like your plan of 9spd MTB cassette with 9spd barend shifters will work. Then use friction mode with 10spd cassette. I don't see any issues with it.

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    Great, Thanks.

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