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Old 10-12-16, 09:16 PM
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch
I like barcons for a coupe of reasons:
1) Brifters make the brake lever sit further from the bars.
2) Brifters can be fragile and difficult to adjust
3) Using a Rivendell bar end adapter, I can use ANY downtube shifter, indexing or not. And, if the shifter fails, I only need to replace the shifter.
Also, if you bang the rear derailleur out of alignment such that the indexing is off, you can set the right bar end shifter to friction mode and keep going. The left shifter is friction, so you can use just about any front derailleur.
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Originally Posted by Inpd
I'm with him!

As much as I understand the simpleness of bar end shifters (and that they are cheaper as well) I can't imagine how you would do what is mentioned above with them.
+1 on Retroshift. Didn't know about it until I've started reading this forum. Looks like a great patent, but haven't tried it.
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Originally Posted by Slaninar
+1 on Retroshift. Didn't know about it until I've started reading this forum. Looks like a great patent, but haven't tried it.
But this early review say they are not too good Review: Retroshift Levers | road.cc Did they improve them?
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Originally Posted by Inpd
But this early review say they are not too good Review: Retroshift Levers | road.cc Did they improve them?
I've got them on three bikes, two 10-speed and one 8-speed and have been using them since late 2012. None of the "problems" mentioned in that article have been an issue for me. Early Tektro levers did have a bit of play in their pivots but Retroshift/Gevanelle have tightened their version up and there is no slop.
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