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Old 06-15-13, 05:56 PM
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brifters on surly disc trucker?

my surly disc trucker is coming in later this month and the one thing i want to do is have brifters installed as i just feel i won't be able to get used to the bar ends.
i'm gonna' try them out for a few weeks, but was just wondering if anyone with the disc trucker has had the brake shifters installed and if so, what had to be done.
i've heard there's some compatibility issues and that the avid bb7 mountains would have to be changed to bb7 roads- is there any way around that?
i'm very new to this so would love some input from you awesome folk!

p.s. one other thing i was wondering since my lbs priced the shimano 105's *very* high: is the actual shifter all i need or do i need to get a matching derailleur or something else?
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Individual Parts at retail are always higher than if you buy a shipload .. or a Pallet of Cases,of the same part.

the bar end shifter is a pragmatic choice, for the Touring cyclist.

cane creek V brake drop bar levers , some say is better than the Tektro ones..


With a Front & Rear load the handling will change a lot, and shifting from the saddle
rather than standing on the pedals will make the brifter benefit less..

Rather than pre worry about the changes, load it up with your gear
in the panniers and do a couple overnight tours, first.

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Originally Posted by mrkm
avid bb7 mountains would have to be changed to bb7 roads- is there any way around that?... one other thing i was wondering since my lbs priced the shimano 105's *very* high: is the actual shifter all i need or do i need to get a matching derailleur or something else?
You'll have to buy 2 Avid BB7 road calipers or 2 problem solver travel agent cable pull adapters.

You'll need only the 9s Shimano brifter.

Since this is a $250-$350 conversion you should really try to learn to love Microshift barend shifters.

Your LBS may give you a credit for the BB7 mtb calipers and barends, which should reduce the cost $100 or more.
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I went thru a similar adjustment recently. I had used brifters for years. But I've managed to come to love the bar ends. Once you get natural with them they don't seem nearly as inconvenient as you might first think. I find them way more accessible than down tube shifters. They get a lot more usable if you experiment with steering the bike with your hand on the shift lever. With the bar end shifter your hand need not really come off the handlebar (except for a split second while you move it back to the lever). Then you can dwell there in anticipation of a shift when you're not quite sure where you want to end up.

What I had to really get used to is shifting while on the pedals. But even this move, I've gotten used to, although I'd have to admit it's still more cumbersome for that than brifters are. That's OK for me though since that's a rare need, especially for loaded touring.
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