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Shimano Dura-Ace BS79 bar end shifters, No Friction/Index????

Old 06-05-09, 03:02 PM
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Shimano Dura-Ace BS79 bar end shifters, No Friction/Index????

Just installed my BS79 barcons, and it doesn't look like you can switch to friction in the rear (although just about everywhere says it can).

Am I missing something?
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doesn't seem like it, at least not according to the tech doc.
https://bike.shimano.com/media/techdo...9830651784.pdf
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Where I bought them from said since they say it does, they will take them back, and I can get the slightly cheaper 9's. Just waiting on confirmation from them. I must have looked at a million different places and all say friction/indexed compatible/switchable.

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the older version, SL-BS78 does.

the big difference is the little wire loop, ditched for weight savings I guess.
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the older version, SL-BS78 does.

the big difference is the little wire loop, ditched for weight savings I guess.
Yep, Shimano USA confirmed, no more friction mode on these. Lickton's was cool, they let me return them (I didn't cut or crimp any cables yet) and exchange them for the 9 speed (which allow friction).

Just in case anyone runs into the same issue . . .

Most websites say the BS79 do allow the switch to friction, and most suppliers are unaware of the change.
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