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Old 05-16-16, 02:11 PM
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Shimano bar-end shifters

I'm considering some Shimano DA 9-speed bar-end shifters listed for sale on eBay. The ad description says the right shifter is "friction-toggle," with no mention of indexing. So I emailed the seller for clarification, asking if the shifters were indexed as well as friction compatible -- which all of my DA bar-ends have been. The seller emailed me back, saying the shifters are friction only. Is this correct? I've got three sets of DA bar-ends on my other bikes and they are all indexed but can be set to operate in friction mode. I'm wondering if the seller is misinformed or if Shimano actually sells a friction-only version of its bar-end shifters.
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Old 05-16-16, 02:16 PM
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Since they are being sole as 9-speed, I'm sure that you are correct and the shifters will 9-speed index. To be honest, friction only would not be a deal breaker for me. I've got a couple of 9-speed friction shifter bikes. Of course, you should consider that I'm a non-repentant retro grouch.
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You can make the right one into a friction shift if the indexing is not right, and keep going, its a screw with a wire handle that switches modes

the left one for the front is friction. maybe the indexing detent piece is worn and so the friction mode is all that functions any more

I have heard of that happening the piece with the klicks is toast. but lever still pulls the cable..

actually they just called the 8 speed 'Ultegra" and the 9 D-A the detent piece with the klicks spacing is the main difference..
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SL-BS77 is the Dura Ace 9 speed bar end shifter.

The rear control is 9 speed indexed and can be set to friction mode by twisting the ring from the indexed to friction position.
The front control is friction mode only.

Either it is broken or the seller doesn't know what it is or how it works.

If you can't get a satisfactory answer from him, I may have some in the garage somewhere... not sure if I sold them or not.
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They are listed as new, in-the-box Dura-Ace 9-speed shifters, model number SL-BS77.
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If new they index. The seller doesn't know what he has.
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Shimano never made a 9-speed friction-only bar-end or downtube shifter. It's index-capable.
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If it were friction-only it would be a friction shifter, no "speed" associated with it. It might, however be a broken indexed shifter.
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