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How to switch Shimano front bar end shifter to indexed?

Old 07-16-15, 11:48 AM
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How to switch Shimano front bar end shifter to indexed?

Sorry if this is a dumb/frequently asked question, but I couldn't find instructions anywhere after quite some googling, including in Shimano's documentation.

I'm adjusting derailers on a bike with Shimano bar end shifters after a looong break, and can't figure out how to switch the shifter of the front derailer from friction to indexed operation. The rear shifter has a clearly marked quick-access setting on the shifter, and that works as advertised. The front shifter looks different and doesn't have the SIS/friction markings on it. I believe the shifters are Shimano Ultegra, from 2005. I have used the front shifter both in indexed and friction mode, and I've apparently been able to switch between those at some point in time, but now I can't get the thing to go indexed. What to do?
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Shimano bar ends aren't indexed for the front. I, for one, much prefer having it that way so that I can trim my front derailleur as needed.
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Old 07-16-15, 11:55 AM
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Buy the Di2 drivetrain, then they make a Button set for bar ends ,

though the bars they have in mind is the front of an aero bar and it's duplicating the button functions on the brake lever.


Only the right lever for the rear is Indexed, by not being indexed the left front derailleur lever is functionally Better

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Shimano's front bar-ends operate only in friction mode.
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Old 07-16-15, 12:07 PM
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Ok, thanks & sorry for the dumb question. I haven't ridden this bike in years, so I must have confused my memories about the front shifter with something else. This one does actually have one click at the bottom (lowest cable tension) of the range.

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Buy the Di2 drivetrain, then they make a Button set for bar ends ,
No, thanks, I'm not looking to buy anything, I'm quite happy with the bike & agree that friction is better for the front derailer anyway.

Thanks again.
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Old 07-16-15, 12:19 PM
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Ok, thanks & sorry for the dumb question. I haven't ridden this bike in years, so I must have confused my memories about the front shifter with something else. This one does actually have one click at the bottom (lowest cable tension) of the range...
The "click" that you feel from the front shifter isn't for indexing, I'm not really sure why it's there. It isn't felt when shifting a double, but is when shifting a triple. Mine is pretty close to an indexed position when shifting from the outer to the middle, but not so much when shifting from the inner to the middle. FWIW my 9S Shimano bar ends don't have that "feature".

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Originally Posted by bradtx View Post
The "click" that you feel from the front shifter isn't for indexing, I'm not really sure why it's there. It isn't felt when shifting a double, but is when shifting a triple. Mine is pretty close to an indexed position when shifting from the outer to the middle, but not so much when shifting from the inner to the middle. FWIW my 9S Shimano bar ends don't have that "feature".
I have 10-speed "Dura Ace" downtube levers mounted on "Retroshift" brifters and the front shift lever does not have the extra click and neither does the 105 8-speed downtube front shifter similarly mounted on another bike.
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I have 10-speed "Dura Ace" downtube levers mounted on "Retroshift" brifters and the front shift lever does not have the extra click and neither does the 105 8-speed downtube front shifter similarly mounted on another bike.
I don't have any other friction FD shifter that has that detent. FWIW it is on an "Ultegra" 8S set of bar ends.

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