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Old 10-01-17, 02:33 PM
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Advise needed on bar end shifters

Currently rebuilding a hybrid bike want to get some bar end shifters. The rear cassette is a Shimano 8 gear MegaRange and the front chainset is 50-40-30 Stronglight.

I have currently listed the following 2 sets:

Dia-Compe Bar End Gear Shifter Set

SHIMANO Ultegra SL-64 8spd Bar End Shifters

They are both around the same price and Dia-Compe is friction only wereas the Shimano can be switched between indexed and friction.

Any thoughts or buying advise ?
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Old 10-01-17, 03:25 PM
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Use the Ultregra, front will be friction.
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Old 10-01-17, 11:55 PM
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I have run these Ultegra shifters for some time. Very good shifters. IMO it is good to have indexing for the rear.
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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
Use the Ultregra, front will be friction.
Originally Posted by csport View Post
I have run these Ultegra shifters for some time. Very good shifters. IMO it is good to have indexing for the rear.
Thanks both for the replies. Most appreciated.

Would the Ultegra shifter work nicely with a rear cassette such as the one shown here that I currently have:

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/mega7/mega7freeewheel06.jpg
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Do you have a cassette or a freeewheel? The picture is that of a 7 speed freewheel. If you have a 7 speed setup than the 8 speed indexed shifter might work, but it will be not ideal. It will work in the friction mode of course. You may be able to find 7 speed indexed bar end shifters. Or maybe you have an 8 speed megarange cassette? How many sprockets does the cassette have?

Assuming that you have 8 speed, the cassette does not matter as long as it is Shimano compatible. All Shimano 8 speed cassettes have the same spacing between sprockets. Shimano compatible 8 speed rear derailleurs also have the same standard cable pull ratio, so you will be fine.
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Originally Posted by csport View Post
Do you have a cassette or a freeewheel? The picture is that of a 7 speed freewheel. If you have a 7 speed setup than the 8 speed indexed shifter might work, but it will be not ideal. It will work in the friction mode of course. You may be able to find 7 speed indexed bar end shifters. Or maybe you have an 8 speed megarange cassette? How many sprockets does the cassette have?

Assuming that you have 8 speed, the cassette does not matter as long as it is Shimano compatible. All Shimano 8 speed cassettes have the same spacing between sprockets. Shimano compatible 8 speed rear derailleurs also have the same standard cable pull ratio, so you will be fine.
Apologies that previous post was perhaps done a little hastily to the wrong item. I am running an 8 Speed Cassette.

So sounds like the Ultegra shifter would work nicely. Thanks !
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Old 10-04-17, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by snuggiebear View Post
SHIMANO Ultegra SL-64 8spd Bar End Shifters
I have a set. They are excellent.
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Old 10-05-17, 08:29 PM
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After going through 2 sets of Shimano I bought Microshift. Same as Shimano and less money.
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Ultegra was 8 speed, dura ace 9, other than the inside detent ring on the right lever they're the same..

I have been fine with my 30 year old sun tour ratchet- friction levers ..


FWIW, none of my derailleur bikes are the latest kit..

IGH is the ones I use most, Now. 3, 9 and 14 speed..





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