So I have been a die-hard believer in bar-end shifters for touring since I started. I have also been a die-hard believer in STI on my road bike.
I have taken a new job starting next september, which is live-in, and the space is very limited.
I am "downsizing", that is making one bike do the job of both my road bike and touring bike. I do a few road races a year, but I am not competitive, so weight is not an issue, and geometry can be relaxed.
However, I dont think I could race with bar-ends. It would just weird me out.
I saw MarkW is running Ergopower on his LHT. Do you run into durability problems with this? I know Ergopower is light years ahead of STI, so are they durable enough?
I plan to consolidate a Surly Crosscheck (was going to be LHT, until this downsizing) fully decked for touring, and a Cannondale R3000si (ultegra). My new frame will be custom built with a similar geometry to the Cannondale (same top tube, seat tube length), with one degree relaxation to the head and seat angles, and the same chainstay length as the crosscheck (about an inch shorter than a LHT)
Circle A Cycles custom frame and fork,
Campy Centaur 9 Ergopower, triple crank, cassette and ders.
Phil Wood hubs and BB
Ritchey 46cm bars
B17 w/ Thomson post for touring, Flite w/ Titec Carbon for road riding
Mavic MA3 rims (on Phil hubs), 32 hole 3x straight guage spokes w/ brass nips (handbuild by me)
Conti Top Tour 2000 tires for tour, Vittoria Open Corsa CX for road
Onza canti brakes (old MTB style ones)
Any input on this? I am also considering using two wheelsets (LX on WTB speedmaster that i have used on my check for 3 years) and building a set of road ones too, instead of the "do-all" phil wheels.
I am mostly concerned about Ergopower durability, but comments on any of this would be nice.
My touring is mostly with high school kids, 30-50 miles per day with 60 pound load for the company I work for, but I plan to do a portion of my cross country quest (Astoria to Minneapolis) in April, with probably a 40 pound load. I do use full panniers, as when I tour for work, we often fly to "exotic" touring places, so trailers are a pain to bring on the plane. Hey, that rhymes.
Thanks in advance for any input.