AW: [CR]bar-end shifter cable routing

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From: "Schmid" <>
To: "'P.C. Kohler'" <>, <>
Subject: AW: [CR]bar-end shifter cable routing
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 10:19:18 +0100
In-Reply-To: <004601c820f5$1a1e7860$6602a8c0@peter5ca78cb10>

Peter, I have a on-topic Rolf Wolfshohl Cross-bike which uses this set up. It came to me originally with those plain stainless outer casings without vinyl cover (just like the ones we use for the short rear der. section) and Suntour barend shifters. I converted the bike to indexed shifting (it is a frequently ridden bike, i mostly use it during winter) using normal STI outer casing and all works well. The only problem was that standard shifter cable lenght tends to be to short. You also have to be careful in routing the cable in a smooth bend where it comes from the bars to the stops at the frame. I think about putttting the bike back to early 80ies specs, using the suntours again.....


Michael Schmid Oberammergau Germany Tel.: +49 8821 798790 Fax.:+49 8821 798791 mail:

-----Urspr√ľngliche Nachricht----- Von: [] Im Auftrag von P.C. Kohler Gesendet: Mittwoch, 7. November 2007 05:17 An: Betreff: [CR]bar-end shifter cable routing

It wasn't my idea and I hate the things, but my '67 Holdsworth Super Mistral has to have bar-end shifters due to braze ons. Looking at pix of

the era, the racing custom seemed to have been to carry the cabling up the bars to the end of the bar tape rather than just up to the brake levers which seems to be the prevailing practice.

Several postings in the archives suggested that the "racing" arrangement

is not as satisfactory given the extra friction caused by the extra cable length, bends etc. Have any of you out there recently used this arrangement with better results? I ride "on the drops" all the time and this routing seems preferable as it gets the cabling out of the way.

Peter Kohler
Washington DC USA