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Old 02-25-05, 02:19 PM   #1
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Ok I have a question, and if anyone can tell me, please do so.

I have a bike with 7 speed components, all are new excepting the shifters which are buggered I would like to get some bar end shifters for it. Im currently running a pair of intexed bar top shifters, but cannot afford the 150 bucks for a pair of sora brifters.

With Shimano, do the bar end fittings accept the same shifter lever as a down tube lever, my reason for asking is somone suggested that I get a pair of 9 spd shifters (bar end) and a set of 7 speed down tube and swap the levers, will this work, has anyone done it?

Can one of you wise ol' Wrenches take a peek, there could be a coffee in it for you!!
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Old 02-25-05, 03:01 PM   #2
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Ok I have a question, and if anyone can tell me, please do so.

I have a bike with 7 speed components, all are new excepting the shifters which are buggered I would like to get some bar end shifters for it. Im currently running a pair of intexed bar top shifters, but cannot afford the 150 bucks for a pair of sora brifters.

With Shimano, do the bar end fittings accept the same shifter lever as a down tube lever, my reason for asking is somone suggested that I get a pair of 9 spd shifters (bar end) and a set of 7 speed down tube and swap the levers, will this work, has anyone done it?

Can one of you wise ol' Wrenches take a peek, there could be a coffee in it for you!!
Sora 7 speed levers can be had for $100 or less I think. Try www.harriscyclery.com Shimano index downtube levers work with shiamno bar end pods.You can buy just the pods, made by dia compe from www.riv bike.com. Or troll ebay for 7 speed Shimano barends, or 7 speed shifters. www.loosescrews.com is another good source for out of print parts.
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Sora Seven Speed brifters are 150.00 Canadian,
I've been trolling Ebay for 7 speed bar ends but I havent seen a pair in a month.
Thanks for the info on the diacomp pods.
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With Shimano, do the bar end fittings accept the same shifter lever as a down tube lever, my reason for asking is somone suggested that I get a pair of 9 spd shifters (bar end) and a set of 7 speed down tube and swap the levers, will this work, has anyone done it?
I have a set of ultegra 8 sp. bar ends that I used with thumbies for my bike. I was playing around with the pods last night and I got a set of shimano downtube shifters to fit as well as a set of 6 sp suntour accushift downtube shifters to fit. sounds like a good idea to me
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Another option is to get a set of Ultegra 8-speed bar-ends. The spacing of 7- and 8-speed cassettes is very close (5.0mm vs. 4.8mm) and this will most likely work adequately. To get it to work even better, just get an 8-speed cassette and remove one cog and spacer.

Come to think of it, you could also get 9-speed bar-ends, get a 9-speed cassette and take one cog out and get 8-speed. You'd likely have to get a lower end 9-speed cassette (105 or lower) because the Ultegra and Dura-ace have the larger cogs on spider modules and it might not be possible to take out the desired cog.
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Come to think of it, you could also get 9-speed bar-ends, get a 9-speed cassette and take one cog out and get 8-speed. You'd likely have to get a lower end 9-speed cassette (105 or lower) because the Ultegra and Dura-ace have the larger cogs on spider modules and it might not be possible to take out the desired cog.
You neeed to take out a cog and a spacer and then you need a 9 speed chain. No workee at all if he has a freewhel or uniglide hub.
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Sora Seven Speed brifters are 150.00 Canadian,
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...do the bar end fittings accept the same shifter lever as a down tube lever...?
The answer is no.
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The answer is no.
Actually, the answer is yes with respect to shimano index stuff. I've actually done it several times.
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Go with BarCons capable of friction shifting. I'm running a pair of these

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WDVW

on one of my rides with a 9 speed shimano cassette and SunTour rear derailleur. Shifts like a dream. I really like friction shifting for the trimability.
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Actually, the answer is yes with respect to shimano index stuff. I've actually done it several times.
Hmph...I would never have thought that they would've been compatilable. I was guessing because they are cosmetically so different. Thanks for the correction.
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