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Old 03-18-08, 05:22 PM
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barcon question

i have some 20-25 year old shimano barcons that i intend to apply towards a different bicycle. what i want to know is this: can i swap out the intended shimano levers for some longer aluminum suntour downtube shifter levers. i would be replacing only the levers from the barcons. it seems like it could work, but i wanted to run this past a faster bike mind before i got halfway to nowhere before i realized there was no turning back.

any serious answers are greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-18-08, 06:03 PM
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1. I doubt it'll work. I suspect you'll find they attach differently.

2. Are you sure that you want longer barcon levers? Some riders hit them with their knees when they stand on the pedals. I chopped the bar on my barcon equipped bike to prevent this problem.
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first, thanks for your reply.

i think the orientation of my body to the bike would likely not cause conflict betwixt knee and lever. i have done the eyeballing as i ride, though that is a good suggestion. i will do the mathwork before i attempt further.

my reasons for doing this are purely aesthetic, not practical, not because i am short a part or two.

thank you, person. i believe you may have saved me a headache or two.
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Old 03-18-08, 07:14 PM
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Rivendell has pods to allow you to use down tube shifters as barcons. They say they are a knock-offs of Shimano's.
http://www.rivbike.com/products/list...product=17-068
I assume if they are identical knock-offs, then your's should work also.
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Old 03-18-08, 07:48 PM
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I put the Rivendell Silver downtube shifters I had on some Shimano Dura Ace bare end shifter mounts and all I had to was take a metal file and wear down a little bump (on the Shimanos) where they met up. Wasn't difficult, and you may not even have to do that. Should fit fine.
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Old 03-18-08, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
2. Are you sure that you want longer barcon levers? Some riders hit them with their knees when they stand on the pedals. I chopped the bar on my barcon equipped bike to prevent this problem.
This happens to me. I haven't really been riding the bike that long though, so I may be able to teach my self away from it. I have the stubby old school Suntour barcons, but I agree that the longer, sculpted ones would look really nice.
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