I'm leaning towards barcon shifters now...a few q's
Well, I rode around on a bike with barcons today for the first time. At first, I just assumed I'd buy STI since they are current (I enjoy innovation) and I thought they'd be significantly more comfortable. I still like STI, but after riding with barcons I wonder if they are worth the price (I also like the thought of being able to service my bike by myself). But I don't want to turn this into an STI vs. barcon thing.
I just want to clear up a couple things in my head. Can I use dura ace 10spd barcons on a 9spd cassette and have indexed shifting?
Another q just popped in my head: Does your frame have to be "down-tube ready", or can down-tube shifters be put on any frame?