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    Dura Ace Bar End Shifters

    Are the dura ace SL-BS79 Bar End 10 SP Shifters Touring 7800 compatible with a ultegra 6700 front and rear derailleur, as well as a ultegra cranset? Thank you in advance!

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    Yah, those shifters are friction. They will work with just about any front derailuer and crankset.

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    The front is friction. The rear can be 10 speed indexed or friction whatever speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsepa View Post
    The rear can be 10 speed indexed or friction whatever speed.
    True for the SL-BS78, but the SL-BS79 rear shifter doesn't have the friction option. Not sure what "Touring 7800" is, so perhaps I'm confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wim View Post
    True for the SL-BS78, but the SL-BS79 rear shifter doesn't have the friction option. Not sure what "Touring 7800" is, so perhaps I'm confused.
    Thank you. I did not know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsepa View Post
    I did not know that.
    Came as a shock to me as well. I think Shimano stopped offering friction shifters shortly after the last person who knew how to use them finally died at age 98. In a deal only known to industry insiders, Shimano, Inc. signed over all friction shifting patents and marketing rights to Rivendell Bicycle Works of Walnut Creek, CA.

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    So the SL-BS79 will work as well? I am thinking of purchasing the SL-BS79 instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Microbit1 View Post
    So the SL-BS79 will work as well?
    Sure, but there's no way to switch the rear shifter into friction shifting mode. That capability comes in very handy if you want to run 8-, 9- and 10-speed cassettes all on one and the same bike, like I did on my Surly Pacer some years ago. But it might not matter to you at all.

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