So I have given my bar end shifters a fair go, and surprisingly I'm not too disatisfied. I just scored some 105 brifters pretty cheap, so now I have the urge to put them on. Here's where I'm clueless. I was told all I would need is a 10 speed cassette. Supposedly these 105 5600 shifters are 10 speed. When I shift the entire brake lever (mimicking shifting to an easier gear) I only get 9 clicks. My only other thought is, is there only nine clicks available because your chain is always on "a" gear, so you only have nine other available cogs to shift to? I hope so, because otherwise I was had. Either way, I want to make sure before I start ordering other parts. I figured on a cassette and rear derailieur, although my lbs said the deore long cage derailieur would work fine. I'm not quite sure what would make some pick between a short/medium/long cage der. I had a Trek 2.3 that I enjoyed the gearing on.
50/34 and 12-30
My Cross Check
36/48T and 11-32T
Either way, what would be a good compromise? I can't afford a new crankset right now, but I could probably afford the cassette and a rear der if I have to. I'll probably get a 105 crankset, front and rear der. eventually anyways. Just looking to get going soon is all. I was figuring on getting a 11-28 cassette. I'm assuming I'll have to get new front chainrings. Just looking for a little guidance/input is all. Thanks in advance!
Oh yeah, the barends aren't going to waste. They will be going on my Pugs before winter hits.
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