I have seen lots of thread comparing these systems on points pro and con for touring bikes. But this question is about cost and product choices.
I have a build that is going to be a 9 speed, or maybe an 8, and index shifting is an advantage. My question is what are the most cost effective systems for bar ends, and brifters. Seems bar ends are getting expensive and brifters are getting cheaper. I need a practical level of quality. What are my options?