- Bar end shifter compatibility on a gravel bike
Potentially looking to build a gravel bike with a 1x drivetrain. Rather than the expense of brifters I was thinking could use a durace 10 speed bar end shifter I have handing around, or something similar.
If I go that route, what mech and cassette am I limited to? Ideally I’d like a 10 speed 11-36 As a minimum. Do I have to use road stuff, or is mtb compatible?
Don’t want to use friction shift, however happy to buy another shifter if required (and cheap) if the duraace ones limit my choice.
TaPosted 6 days agonedrapierSubscriber
Fairly sure 10 speed road isn’t the same as 10 speed mtb in mtb flavour. 9 speed mtb works with 9 speed road, though.
I went from 9 speed dura ace bar end to 10 speed Sram bar end on my cx type thing as I wanted a clutchy mech and that was the only route, but the shifting on the dura ace is much nicer.
Wish I’d tried a narrow wide ring first. The same dura ace and non clutch XT mech is now on my commuter with a superstar narrow wide ring. The commuter sees a lots of off road and chain drops are very rare.Posted 5 days agomattsccmMember
Anything here to help?Posted 5 days ago
If you’re going friction rather than indexed bar end shifter, anything works with anything, with the caveat that you might need to file away some of the shifter holder bit for more room.
I’ve used Silver Shifters AND 8 speed Shimano bar end shifters on anything from 9 speed through to 11 speed cassettes, up to 11-42 size. Both with a 9 speed deore rear mech and a 10 speed XT rear mech.
The beauty of friction is that where the cassettes aren’t any wider, and the rear mechs have loads of travel, there really are no issues.
Regards to the filing, i had to file away about 1/2 a cm of the housing bit (the bit that screws into the handlebar) to get enough range with the 10speed XT mech.Posted 4 days ago
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