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Old 12-09-12, 11:51 AM
Chris Pringle
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Durability on bar-end shifters and STI is about the same as several members here will tell you. Many have run STI shifters for years with no to very little issues. So, it's a toss-up really. Yes, go with what you like best.

S&S couplers will add between $400-$800 to the cost of the frame. Do consider that you might have to pay at least $400 R/T to fly with your bike to Africa. The set of couplers will only add 8 oz to the total weight of the frameset.

The LHT deluxe might not be so difficult to find. I doubt many shops carry the Vaya Travel. It will most likely be special order directly from QBP. Do test-ride the regular Vaya as the bike will be virtually the same as the Travel version.
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