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  • I decided against having downtube shifters in the end, and decided to go for a Campagnolo groupset throughout, because I couldn't be confident enough about the compatibility of a modern 9/10/11-speed cassette with friction shifters, and couldn't find any conclusive information about how well they work together.

    I can always experiment later at my leisure if I feel a burning need to have friction levers; this way I will start out with something that I know works.

  • I can always experiment later at my leisure if I feel a burning need to have friction levers;

    Good plan.
    I’m using an MTB friction thumb shifter from 6 or 7 sp era on a 10sp cassette, works fine. I have read somewhere that the pulls on 11sp is different (more) but I reckon you have a good chance of making 10sp or less work with a nice old friction lever.

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