Bicycle Mechanics - Nexus 8 drop bar conversion
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05-14-08, 06:25 AM
I already have a Nexus 8 bike (Jamis Commuter) that I'd like to convert to drop bars, similar to the Bianchi San Jose8 offered by Harris Cyclery.
Question: What are my options for mounting the shifter, is it just the HubUb adapter? I'm told I'll be limited to only 1 or 2 options?
05-14-08, 06:50 AM
•You can mount the extender on the end of the drop bars like the San Jos8.
• You can add a mini-handlebar (second stem and short section of handlebar) under your "real" handlebars.
• I believe someone is working on a drop bar compatable shifter but I don't think it is for sale yet. As BF member operator said, "If the $200 walmart bikes can have gripshifters next to the stem on road drops, you can too."
A few options were discussed in this thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=392104
05-14-08, 10:38 AM
I use the Hubub on mine. I think it's a little spendy (probably because they can't sell a million of them), but I have to say that the placement is really convenient.
05-14-08, 11:47 AM
One poster said he hacksawed a little bit of mountain handlebar then epoxied it inside his drop bars, this is what I plan to do as I find the Hubbub inordinately expensive.
Also, just an FYI in case anyone was in a similar predicament as me, I noticed Harris finally has pre-built 26" wheels for the Nexus 8 hubs, for about $300, less than if you ordered the parts yourself and had the LBS build them up, in many cases.
05-14-08, 10:59 PM
Jay at Jtek was quoted as saying he would have one of his shiftmates ready in a couple of weeks. This was a couple of months ago. Might try to give him a ring. Maybe they are ready to sell. Otherwise the hubbub is probably the way to go.
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