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Albatross handlebars with Campy 10 speed...
A question to those that ride, Moustache, Albatross or Northern bars on their rig with Campy 10 speed. I am converting a drop bar Campy 10 speed bike to I believe an Albatross or North Road bar set up. I have struggled with neck issues even with an upright drop bar and time to make a change so I can continue to enjoy my passion for cycling without pain...or at least reduced pain.
Virtues of Moustache, Albatross or Northern bar have been discussed...but what about best indexed shifting method for a 2006 Campy 10 spd driveline with compact double in front?
Option #1: Campy Flat Bar Shifter/Brake assemblies with both integrated into one location. (see pic)
Option #2: Campy 10s indexed bar end shifters with separate bar levers. (see second pic)
What say yea of considerable experience? I want index shifting but not sure if bar end indexed shifting would be better or worse than having braking and shifting all in one hand position?
A thought is....separate bar end shifting and brake levers maybe better because it unclutters say an Albatross bar for more hand positions...however one has to take their hand off the bar to shift when using a bar end shifter on an upright handlebar like a Nitto Albatross.
Please share any experience if you would.
I'd go for the barends with separate brake levers. I use an albatross bar with a barend friction shifter and a 7 speed freewheel and It works very well.
You mention extra hand positions. I find barends with and a combo of brake levers and interupter brakes works well. That way you can go forward on the bars when you want to get out of the seat