So i am building up a project bike over the winter (Softride Powerbeam) and was putting back the standard Shimano 9sp shifters. During breaking down the bike, I had put all related parts in plastic bags. So now I was going to put the the sifters back on (not in great condition though) and was shocked how heavy just the shifters were! I am not usually don't worry about weight but got me thinking.
Not sure if I am only the that thinks this, I find the bar end shifters not located in the best place. I usually have to move my hands out of aero position to get leverage on to move the shifters. I feel if the shifters are located closer to the thumb on the inside of the bars it may work nicely. Plus these shifters work as a clamp, and don't use a slug of metal inserted on the ID of the tubing.
Another option is to swap out the internal expanders for JagWire bosses that clamp over the extension. A much lighter option/upgrade (saves 66g per cyclingnews.com).
I have an extra pair of these (gold color, unopened/unused), upgrade parts for a bike I no longer have. PM me if interested.
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