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What are the mechanical differences between barends and down-tube shifters?

Old 10-16-06, 08:18 PM
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What are the mechanical differences between barends and down-tube shifters?

Hi all,

I am just wondering what the mechanical differences are between barcons and down-tube shifters. Looking at them, they look very similar (except bar ends have the extra attachment to put them into the bar ends). Can a down-tube shifter replace a bar end shifter if one has the bar end plugs (I dont know what they are called)? Can you put a downtube shifter on a bar end if you have the plugs still?

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Old 10-16-06, 08:28 PM
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I'm not certain if standard DT levers will fit on bar end hardware. Rivendell sells something similar. But I think most people will have problems with their knees hitting the long levers when installed at the bar ends.
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Actually, Rivendell sells an adapter to use any downtube shifter as a bar-end. The pulls are the same, the bar ends just have longer cables.
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Thanks guys - I emailed Rivendell last night about whether there were any compatibility issues with the Dia-Compe barend mounts with Dura-Ace downtube shifters. They said they are compatible, but may require minor mods. They asked to call them. I'll post when I get the info.
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
I'm not certain if standard DT levers will fit on bar end hardware. Rivendell sells something similar. But I think most people will have problems with their knees hitting the long levers when installed at the bar ends.
YYeah that's right stay away from them. Most after market gadgets like this are poop anyway.
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