Combined v Separate Brake & Gear Levers

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by struggling, Jun 21, 2003.

  1. struggling

    struggling New Member

    Mar 28, 2003
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    I'm considering buying a Dawes Sardar for touring, and it's years since I was in this market.
    The Sardar is offered with either a 'Dia Compe BL-287 for 'V' brakes/Dura-ace bar-end 9 speed' separates option, or a 'Shimano Tiagra triple for 9 speed' combination option.
    I last used Shimano bar-end levers in pre-index days when they were the bees' knees, but have since grown very used to the straight-bars combination setup on my Scott MTB (as on nearly every other MTB these days). The new combined drop-handlebar levers seem to pack an awful lot into a small space.
    Really boils down to:
    1. Is it worth paying an extra £100 for the combined levers (in terms of ease-of-use)?
    2. What's the reliability of the combined levers?
    3. Is it a nuisance to use bar-end levers? (I started off using down-tube friction shifters.)
    4. Any other advice?