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    What do I gain? And what might I loose?

    On one of my older bikes (see pic) I restored a few years ago with 9speed (had been a 6) and kept it a DT SIS (Dura Ace) bike. In a moment of typical madness I recently picked up a set of DuraAce barcons. I've always guessed that this type of shifting might offer every bit of the simplicity, durability, and flawless operation that DTs do, but also offer a shift position a little bit more convenient. Maybe the very best features of STI and DT?

    For those of you that have done this, will I be pleased with a switch from DT to barcons?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Cook
    On one of my older bikes (see pic) I restored a few years ago with 9speed (had been a 6) and kept it a DT SIS (Dura Ace) bike. In a moment of typical madness I recently picked up a set of DuraAce barcons. I've always guessed that this type of shifting might offer every bit of the simplicity, durability, and flawless operation that DTs do, but also offer a shift position a little bit more convenient. Maybe the very best features of STI and DT?

    For those of you that have done this, will I be pleased with a switch from DT to barcons?
    You are fortunate that you have the gear brazeons high up on the tube and in easy reach. I have operated both but switched back to D/Ts as I found the position of the barcons unhandy for changing and posed a risk in that a fall can cause them to dig into your thigh.
    Again barcons are not pretty and do not compliment the bike as do the Dura ace shifters.
    Still, you takes your choice.

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    I found barcons much easier to use than downtube shifters. They allowing shifting with minimal movement in comparison to downtube shifters and allow you to shift with several fingers while still holding onto the lower bar. I am currently using vintage Suntour ratchet bar ends and Dura Ace bar ends(not on the same bike). Both work well in my opinion.

    Give them a try, you can always go back to downtubes shifters if you do not like them.
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