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DT for front and trigger or other shifter rear and why I am leaving 1/2 step gearing

Old 05-19-19, 08:15 AM
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DT for front and trigger or other shifter rear and why I am leaving 1/2 step gearing

I am changing up my thoughts now about 1/2 step gearing, todays 10 speed setups give almost enough gap percentage between gears that I almost never change from the big ring to the middle/small in my half step setups. So I am changing my first bike from half step to small compact 48x34 but still with 11-36 cassette. Also I am changing from drop bars to flat MTB like bars with a Ultegra 10 speed trigger shifter. I did not want to spend alot on a front shifter so I am going to try shifting the chainrings with a DT shifter. Should be fun. I do a lot of mixed riding and will also have some MTB ends setup positioned like they would be the drops so I have a few different hand positions.

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Not a bad idea! I have a couple bikes that are set up with indexed rear and friction front. One thing I would suggest, though, is to use a bar-mounted friction shifter rather than one on the downtube. Old Suntour and Shimano thumb shifters are easy to find, and I think that the similarity of location can be easier to work with.
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What would I do with a half step bike hmm...

For some reason I hate left hand bar-con shifting. Double DT is fine but for urban light to light traffic riding it's lacking. Enter the Smergo. Gen 1/2 ergos are amazing triple shifters. Throw on a bar con in friction mode and half step goodness happens.
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Criterium racers used to do something like that. Leave the DT shifter for the front and use a barcon for the rear.
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