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Old 06-06-11, 12:14 PM
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Rivendell Silver Bar Ends

I want to try them. I've always liked the idea of bar ends but shimano's are just too small and uncomfortable for my big hands. These look elegant and beautiful and even though they are friction only, they sound like fun.

What do you guys think?

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Old 06-06-11, 12:15 PM
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expensive but look like they would work pretty well. I've been toying with the idea of converting my commuter from ergopower to friction bar ends.
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Old 06-06-11, 12:24 PM
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$75 for the shifters $30 for aero brake levers still ends up being much cheaper than decent STI shifters.
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Old 06-06-11, 12:33 PM
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Good point - I guess I'm comparing them to simple DT shifters.
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Old 06-06-11, 12:36 PM
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They're great. I think they work better than the SunTour ones, but for the price, I just go with SunTour. If you are looking for a set, I think I have a pair lying around.
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You could cobble together the pods (from Rivendell) and find some Suntour Superbe DT levers, but I doubt you'd save much.

They're very comfortable levers and are the best I've used thus far. They're not light years ahead of BarCons, but they are better.

I recently converted a pair of Simplex Retrofrictions to bar ends; looking forward to using those (on another build).

I'm using the Silvers with Jagwire cables/housing, modern Shimano 105 hub, SRAM cassette and ca. 1988 Deore derailleurs. Smooth. Quiet. Reliable. Lovely.



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Old 06-06-11, 12:42 PM
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I just installed them on my friend's bike. I have the Shimano Dura-Ace 9 speed bar ends on my bike. I like the Silver Shifters better. The Silver Shifters are longer and angled slightly inward to fit the hands better. They are friction only, but they have a ratcheting mechanism that helps you get a feel for how much movement is needed to shift gears. Plus, they look nicer than the Dura-Ace shifters.
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Old 06-06-11, 12:47 PM
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I've been using them on my Ebisu for a year and half now. I think they're great. I have barcons on most of my other bikes, and one feature of the Silvers that's much better is that they tighten with a D-ring. But that's also one of the downsides as compared to the barcons: the D-rings rattle a bit.

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You would think there would be a way to stop the rattle. Is that why Riv puts bees wax on them?
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Old 06-06-11, 12:53 PM
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^ A bit of PlastiDip would likely do the job.

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^ Hmm. Mine don't rattle*. I'd have thought those clouds of Hetre goodness would dampen the vibrations enough to put a baby to sleep.

* Well, maybe they do and I haven't noticed it. And now, thanks to Neal, they're going to drive me crazy!
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Which brake lever would be most comfortable on the hoods?

Tektro or Shimano BL-R400
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^ Hmm. Mine don't rattle*. I'd have thought those clouds of Hetre goodness would dampen the vibrations enough to put a baby to sleep.

* Well, maybe they do and I haven't noticed it.
That's because you have Motorhead cranked up to 11 on your personal-listening device.

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Originally Posted by Epicus07 View Post
Which brake lever would be most comfortable on the hoods?

Tektro or Shimano BL-R400
That's really subjective, but you knew that.

I like the various forms of the BL-R400 (all of the vintage SLR levers are pretty much the same). I like the Tektro R100s (especially the price), but they don't produce the same effective reach as the Shimano levers I use. I had the Tektro R100s on some old SR 38cm wide bars and didn't like them. I mounted some on a randonneur bend bar, though, and thought they worked really well there.

In a perfect world you'd try both and see what works best for you. Note that Tektro is selling the R100/200 and the RL340/341. They're different.

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I considered bar ends with my commuter but decided that Kelly Take Offs

looked more fun. Now I need the time to actually put them on the bike.
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I didn't know you could buy just the pods from Rivendell. What a good idea. At $34, I can't really complain.

I have a pair of Retrofrictions I haven't used yet, so this could be fun!
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I'm going with the "one shoe off, one shoe on" set up.

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Justin, your pictures don't display because they are read-only by your me.com account.
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Justin, your pictures don't display because they are read-only by your me.com account.
Oops. Thanks for the heads up. I think I've corrected it now.
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Thank you. And that's weird. Why is it like that?
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Thank you. And that's weird. Why is it like that?
The difference between http and https links, I think. I'm not a computer guy. I use my MobileMe account to host my pics. Upload straight from the iPhone in seconds. Easy.

Edit: Wait, were you asking about the shifters?
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I want to try them. I already use the Silver shifters and like them. Just need to think about it at the same time the money is available.
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i have them and love them. they work quite well with large hands. and albatross bars, FWIW.
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I know you didn't ask, but you mentioned something about size of the shimano barcons. If your requirement was size and indexing, you can always buy some pods and mount your current indexed downtube shifters to them. You don't have to go full friction Diacompe/Rivendell Silver. Although I must admit, I have some shimano pods and suntour sprint (retrofriction) which are basically the same thing and I love them.
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It's been a while since I've ordered something from Gaerlan, but they sell friction bar-end shifters for 50$, diatech he calls 'em but they look pretty similar to the Riv ones for 40$ less. I switched my indexed shimano shifters to friction only on a 9 speed and it shifts really easily.
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