Subject: RE: Index and friction mode??
With index mode, you will feel a distinct "click" in the shifter as you shift from one gear to the next. The indexing in the shifter controls how far the derailleur travels on each shift.
With friction mode, there is no "click." You move the lever until you feel or hear the chain shift. You can then fine tune the position of the lever so that the chain isn't rubbing on the
) derailleur or catching on the next cog
With barend shifters, the rear shifter is usually indexed, but the front shifter isn't.
Generally, indexing is probably easier because you just shift until you feel the click and don't have to worry about fine tuning the position. There may be times when friction mode would be necessary, however, such as when your shift levers don't match your drivetrain
(e.g., using 8-speed shifters with a 9-speed drive train...it just won't work in index mode but probably will in friction mode
Of course, friction mode is definitely better if you're old school!Edited by MCH13 2006-10-03 11:40 PM