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Old 07-08-08, 07:24 AM
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Please comment on this drawing of a proposed bike set up.

I have a 7-speed cyclocross-like bike made by Kona. I'm getting a new 9-speed cassette and bar-end shifters. It currently has Sora everything and a Tiagra rear derailleur.

Here is my idea:

I'm going to remove the drop handlebars and the brifters. In it's place I will put time trial base bar, pursuit bar, or bullhorn bar (whatever you want to call it).

The brake levers will be inserted into the bar-end.

I'd use bar-end shifters, but I'd attach them with Paul's thumbies. Here my question though. I'm thinking of attaching them so that they face down towards my hands. Seems like that's where your thumbs are anyway. Here is a crapulous picture of my idea.

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If you know of any reason why this would not work, please let me know. The only thing I can think of is that the shifters would get in the way of my brakes. But perhaps the levers are long enough?

Or if you have any suggestions please let me know.

The reason I'm doing this is that I don't really like the Sora brifters on the bike.
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Hmm...does the bike have DT shifter bosses? I think if I were in this position I would go for DT shifters. Just a thought.
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Why not leave your drop bars, and use the bar end shifters in them the way they were designed to be used?
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the cable routing, bar end shifters have cables that point straight out of them. so you will have cables pointing down. (kinda like DA but worse) and with the thunbies they will be out to the side, not directly on top.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Why not leave your drop bars, and use the bar end shifters in them the way they were designed to be used?
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Hmm...does the bike have DT shifter bosses? I think if I were in this position I would go for DT shifters. Just a thought.
I bike mostly in traffic and shift a lot. I don't like taking my hands off the handles or the brakes more than I have to.
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Why not use bar end shifters in the bullhorn ends and get cross levers for the tops? That way, when you're in the stretched out position in the "horns" you will be able to shift easily using the barcons, and for braking you will be in the flats or the tops, which will allow you to be in a more upright position when braking.
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You can buy better brifters instead of buying new bars and brake levers. Will a nine speed cassette/hub fit in your frame?
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Originally Posted by hxzero View Post
Why not use bar end shifters in the bullhorn ends and get cross levers for the tops? That way, when you're in the stretched out position in the "horns" you will be able to shift easily using the barcons, and for braking you will be in the flats or the tops, which will allow you to be in a more upright position when braking.
I have been considering that, and it seems to be a more popular option, but it seems that once again that I'd have to lift my hand from the bar to shift. I'm trying to come up with a way to keep my hands down while shifting. (But I don't like the brifters).
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Originally Posted by jpbrew814 View Post
You can buy better brifters instead of buying new bars and brake levers. Will a nine speed cassette/hub fit in your frame?
I think it will fit.

I've given it about 1000 miles, and I just don't like brifters. There is too much wasted motion.
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I think if you're going to have bullhorns that you're going to want to use the multiple hand positions it offers, so it's not that big of a deal to lift your hands to shift positions to brake/shift.
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This is visitordesign's bike. Similar setup to what you're going for. DA bar-end shifter with a Thumbie.

He's on SSFG fairly frequently, drop him a PM and ask how it worked out.

Either way, that bike is ****ing hot.
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I bike mostly in traffic and shift a lot. I don't like taking my hands off the handles or the brakes more than I have to.
The whole reason Bar ends were invented (pre sti) was so you could shift without taking your hands off the bars.

Admittedly, you'd have one had away from one brake anytime you shifted, but you'd still have one brake, and be a nano second away from the other.

Personally, I'd go with a time honored setup that has worked well for years, over cobbling together something.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
The whole reason Bar ends were invented (pre sti) was so you could shift without taking your hands off the bars.

Admittedly, you'd have one had away from one brake anytime you shifted, but you'd still have one brake, and be a nano second away from the other.

Personally, I'd go with a time honored setup that has worked well for years, over cobbling together something.
Yep. It works all too well for millions of people, in all kinds of conditions, including traffic. OP is chasing a solution for a problem that doesn't really exist.
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Originally Posted by veggiemafia View Post

This is visitordesign's bike. Similar setup to what you're going for. DA bar-end shifter with a Thumbie.
Is that a Kelly "Take Off" ?
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