TT bike and Bar end shifters advice

Wheelspinner
Wheelspinner Posts: 6,610
edited February 2010 in Road buying advice
OK, I've just bought a proper TT frameset for the first time ever. This is it:

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Bought it because it was irresistibly good bargain.

May be odd questions, but could do with some input as below:

1. Is it even remotely acceptable to use normal drop bars with "clip on" TT bars on something like this? Or do I *have* to use the proper TT bars....

2. If I do the TT bar thing, I've got two choices for groupset build: 9 speed Dura Ace or 10 speed Campagnolo. In BOTH cases I do not have bar end shifters, only the normal road ones. Does anyone have experience with the Campag bar ends shifters? Any good, or not? They are typically double the cost of the DA ones, and much as I like Campag stuff......


ANy input welcome!
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  • Get the DA ones. I use them switched to friction and use an all Campag drivetrain. The shift is still positive - and you hardly change gear in a TT. I did have some Campag ones but for some reason I couldn't get them working properly?
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  • 1. Can't see your photos, (Flickr blocked at work), but NO. Theoretically there's nothing to stop you putting drops on a TT bike, but the low front end of the frame will mean jacking up the stem with lots of spacers, otherwise the drops will be uselessly too low. Why buy a TT frame and then compromise it with drops? It would look really wrong, dude.
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  • a_n_t
    a_n_t Posts: 2,011
    Get the DA ones. I use them switched to friction and use an all Campag drivetrain.

    thats what i'll be doing this season. 9 speed dura-ace, £34 or 10 speed campag, £100.

    no brainer!
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  • 1. TT bars. NOT drops.

    With drops, you'd have to stack up the stem height to get the right fit. Then the aerobars would be too high.

    2. friction mode bar end gear lever should be fine.

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  • cal_stewart
    cal_stewart Posts: 1,840
    is there anyway to use 11sp with tt shifters
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  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    Fixed!
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    And very nice, too, mate.
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  • Thanks Hopper! What did I do wrong?

    Reason for possible drop bars is initial cost. I have a complete drivetrain in Campag Chorus including the Ergopower levers, already fitted to some really nice bars and to switch to the TT bars I'd have to get new:
    - base bar
    - extensions
    - brake levers
    - bar end shifters
    - cables

    Going the DA route means I'd have to get a few more bits to complete the build, like brakes and freewheel as well as the above list. (Can't use Campag brakes on a DA bike!!)
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  • Thanks Hopper! What did I do wrong?

    Reason for possible drop bars is initial cost. I have a complete drivetrain in Campag Chorus including the Ergopower levers, already fitted to some really nice bars and to switch to the TT bars I'd have to get new:
    - base bar
    - extensions
    - brake levers
    - bar end shifters
    - cables

    Going the DA route means I'd have to get a few more bits to complete the build, like brakes and freewheel as well as the above list. (Can't use Campag brakes on a DA bike!!)

    No you don't. Just buy the DA bar end shifters, turn them to friction mode and they'll work with all your campag stuff.
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