Originally Posted by grogoreo
I don't actually know what indexing is so I'm going to say no to needing it if this works.
Indexed shifting is the kind that clicks into this gear or that- the shifter won`t settle in a position that`s in between one gear and the next. Friction shifting means that your shifter moves through all positions with no little click stops. I don`t know how old you are, but if you ever had a derailler equiped bike before the 90s (or even into the 90s), remember how you used to listen to the chain and dial in the derailler position for each shift? That was friction shifting. It`s kind of gone out of style now, but it really does have some advantages and works fine for most applications. With a friction shifter, it doesn`t matter how many "speeds" the bike is- since there are no clicks, whether the shifter is supposedly for 5- speed or 9-speed it works the same.
If you want 7 speed indexed bar end shifters, you`ll probably have to dig some up on eBay. As noted above, if you don`t care about indexing, you have a lot more options. Most (maybe all?) Shimano or Suntour bar end and downtube shifters can be switched very easilly back and forth between index and friction mode for the rear derailler, but you may have problems indexing a Suntour shifter with a Shimano rear derailler. They all use friction shifting for the front, so anything goes.
Last edited by rodar y rodar; 01-10-10 at 12:20 AM.