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Old 02-02-15, 01:52 PM
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Bar End Shifterzzz

Which brand do you like/use?

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Old 02-02-15, 02:05 PM
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friction or index?
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Old 02-02-15, 02:09 PM
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friction or index?
Either friction or index for discussion.
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Old 02-02-15, 02:12 PM
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For friction, I have used or currently use Campy NR, SunTour barcons, Rivendell silver shifters. My favorite is the SunTour (and I've been using those for 30 years or so).

For index, I have Shimano 6-, 7-, 8-, and 9-speed in use on various bikes. All good.
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Old 02-02-15, 02:13 PM
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Sun Tour for friction, Shimano for index, Campy to match vintage drive trains. Remember to cut the ends of the bars off the equivalent length of the shifter body if you want them in close reach when riding in the drops.
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Originally Posted by Curtis Odom View Post
Sun Tour for friction, Shimano for index, Campy to match vintage drive trains. Remember to cut the ends of the bars off the equivalent length of the shifter body if you want them in close reach when riding in the drops.
Why Sun Tour for friction? Is Sun Tour the only brand with ratcheting?
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Old 02-02-15, 02:20 PM
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Suntour friction. edit^^ yes to ratchet... correction on terminology

Also, just recently found a pair labeled Schwinn (approved?) that are similar to Suntour.


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Old 02-02-15, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by CycleryNorth81 View Post
Why Sun Tour for friction? Is Sun Tour the only brand with ratcheting?
Well I am accessing some long unused memory banks. I remember using Suntour bar-ends for road sprinting before Shimano indexing came out, then Shimano indexed bar-ends until STI came out.
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Old 02-02-15, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Curtis Odom View Post
Well I am accessing some long unused memory banks. I remember using Suntour bar-ends for road sprinting before Shimano indexing came out, then Shimano indexed bar-ends until STI came out.
Would you or anybody use Shimano bar ends in friction mode? Would the SunTour bar ends work better than Shimano?
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Originally Posted by CycleryNorth81 View Post
Would you or anybody use Shimano bar ends in friction mode? Would the SunTour bar ends work better than Shimano?
I have. Lets me swap wheelsets (and their associated cassettes/freewheels) with wild abandon and not have to worry about compatibility.
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Old 02-02-15, 02:49 PM
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I have. Lets me swap wheelsets (and their associated cassettes/freewheels) with wild abandon and not have to worry about compatibility.
Good thing you can do that in friction mode.
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I like them all...favorite type of shifting...
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Haven't mounted these I have in my stash on any of my bikes yet,........ but If I'm eventually going to, it will be the one:

Simplex Retrofriction bar end shift levers......
Based on my long experience with Simplex DT Retro's, I can only expect really good results with these bar ends from them.....
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I prefer Suntour for how the shifters look, feel, and shift. I have used Shimano index shifters but I dislike the shape of the levers, so I traded them.
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I have Suntour ratchet shifters installed on my Volpe and love them, I had a pair on the Hetchins but they are back in the bin now .

I had a pair of shipmano index on the K-2 but those to are in the bin waiting for a new project, they worked great, I just didn't care for the frame.

I don't currently have them mounted but I do have the Suntour Accushift barcons too. I used them in the past and they work great too.

The only problem with barends is when 2 or three bikes have them, and 10 or 12 don't you find yourself reaching for the wrong shifter!!
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does anyone recognise the bar end shifters on this Fuchs bicycle? no date is given; appears it might date from around 1958. have not before seen a set with a dogleg in the lever. wonder if perhaps they are something fabricated as a one-off...

Fuchs bicycles, MIlan, Italy
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Old 02-02-15, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Curtis Odom View Post
Sun Tour for friction, Shimano for index, Campy to match vintage drive trains. Remember to cut the ends of the bars off the equivalent length of the shifter body if you want them in close reach when riding in the drops.

and so your knees won't bang into them when standing up on the pedals.
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Old 02-02-15, 04:06 PM
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I dislike the ratcheting Suntour shifters, but I love my Simplex Retrofriction bar end shifters.

Friction shifters shouldn't ratchet.
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I have only used Suntour friction - it's been a few years, but the're out of the bin and on the bench for a current build. I like them well enough, especially after fiddling with the preload on the lever axle/bolt a bit (Assy. No. 14, post #7 above).
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I enjoy got Suntours on my Bianchi Axis, very nice. They're the only barens I've ever used, but I lik 'em
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SunTour ratcheting only for me. I've had them on my road bikes since 1976. Well, to be honest I only had one road bike until two years ago, and that one got converted before riding five miles!

The Schwinn- and Raleigh- branded Bar-end shifters are still SunTours.
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Sturmey indexed shifters on IGH's....nice!
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Suntour power ratchet with Raleigh on the black plastic ends. They work the 6sp 13-26 on the back of an '80 Centurion Elite. In fact, the bike was cheap enough that is why I bought it.
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Suntour Barons are as close to perfection that shifting has ever come. Got 'em on all of my road bikes.
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Yup, Suntour ratcheting friction barcons on my Fuji America.
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