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What's your experience with Sun XCD with bar ends vs STI

Old 12-30-13, 09:48 AM
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What's your experience with Sun XCD with bar ends vs STI

My winter project is going to be a complete build for a new Camargue frameset and i plan on using Sun XCD front and rear derailleurs, paired with a VeloOrange triple crankset, and I am debating about going with STI or the bar end shifters i have already ordered. I have Dia-compe ENE bar ends. What experience have others on the list had with use of sti or dia-compe ENE? I like bar ends and use them on several of my bicycles. i also have Ergos on my roadies except i have one beater bike that is outfitted with bar end friction shifters. I have yet to purchase a wheelset but most likely will opt for something from Velorange or Sun XCD Exceed. I haven't decided on how many speeds to opt for regarding gearing but i will most likely go 8, only because of chain availability as i look around. Also because i am looking at riding occasionally off the beaten path and look for easy muck clearance. I haven't had that great of luck when mucking up a 9 or 10 speed. Seemed to hold more crud in and cause minor issues. Other factors. Some may comment regarding cost comparison, etc. I am a dealer so i do admit to having wholesale cost choices. Either way, if someone feels that something is overkill or can be found with better quality with less funds. I am open to any and all recommendations. Also, I plan on having front and rear panniers (a trailer for my dog is also on the list of possibilities) and i wish to use it for daytrips, overnighters, overnight camping trips for my wife and i. And yes, actual touring on longer rides.

Any advice or direction or comments would be welcome. Thanks

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i have simple Sun Tour ratchet bar ends , worked fine for 30 years ..

got Off the more is better speeds thing at 7 (+ a triple) , and toured Europe and the British Isles for months

camping and Hosteling along the way .. 88, 91, 97.
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My wife and I are looking at doing some touring as well. I am hoping to convince her to go up to Nova Scotia sometime next year (2014) and maybe ride up the coast from Yarmouth, stay over at some small little seaside villa and enjoy a day in Halifax, and cycle back to Yarmouth. This is something i had done back in 2001 and i have a bit of familiarity to the route. Regarding speeds...i have 2 7s in my stable. My beater bike is all set up with 7 speed and it is actually getting an upgrade crankset next year. It will have a Campy Racing T with 3 rings. fietsbob, I wonder where i got that inner ring?
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