They are robust and less likely to break/fail than STI levers. If indexing on bar ends fail then they can be swapped over to friction setting allwing the gears to be selected 'by feel'. Bar end changers enforce a relaxed gear change operation whereas STI levers are better suited to being on the drops and mixing it in race mode. A simplistic differentiation I know but it might do.Dannyg said:Are there any advantages to bar end shifters which are still often supplied with some touring bikes?
Are they just cheaper than STI changers, or do they work better with the dérailleurs that are used for touring?
I did have a car with a starting handle for a while (Citroen 2CV, since you ask). It's surprising how often it was useful, especially in winter when the battery went flat.jay clock said:Getting bar end levers for reliability is like getting a car with a starting handle to avoid the starter motor going wrong.