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STI/Brifters for old Dura-Ace Compatibility Question
My wife has taken a liking to one of my road bikes I got a few years ago for me to ride. The bike is a (Chris King) Cielo frame from the early 1980s built all Dura-Ace from the era. The cassette is 6spd, Uniglide I'm pretty sure. Currently downtube friction shifters. Assuming I make this bike more "hers" (Do I have a choice? No.) and she wants/needs "brifters" (I still haven't warmed up to that word) because she has a hard time safely reaching the downtube friction shifters.
My understanding from reading the Sheldon Brown Dura-Ace compatibility page is that old 6-7-8 spd Dura Ace all index the same. Being friction I suspect the derailleur is probably pre-STI (which began in 1984 and the bike was built in more like 1982). So, my question is, is it safe to assume if I get a set of used Dura-Ace STI shifters for 8 spd that it may index correctly?