[CR]Shimano un-BarCons

(Example: Framebuilders:Richard Moon)

Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 20:11:10 -0500
To: NortonMarg@aol.com, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: "H.M. & S.S. Sachs" <sachs@erols.com>
Subject: [CR]Shimano un-BarCons

Stevan Thomas wrote:

ST: BarCon just makes me immediately think SunTour, and I tried them and just hated them. All the subtle feedback you get through the Campys is eaten up in the ratchet mechanism of the SunTours. I took the BarCons off immediately and put the "bar ends" back on!

HS: I've always enjoyed the sunTour version, but that's ok. I wonder, Stevan, if you had the earlier version, which is said to have had a coarser ratchet than the later ones? Frankly, there's a bunch of us who think the downtube Suntour power shifters are the cat's meow: nothing nice or more functional ever came along for a daily rider.

ST: I tried the Shimanos (with the return spring) and didn't like those as well either. I recall they had some materials or machining problem and didn't like being assembled/disassembled.

HS: I'd like to have one more pair of these. The barrel has a very large diameter, so it is just great for moving front derailleurs across triples. Still have one on the left of my Schwinn Town & Country tandem which, alas, is ridden very little nowadays. It has Never given trouble.

with all due respect to the value of choices and the opinions of my esteemed colleagues,

harvey (a bit thick, yet?) Sachs mcLean VA

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