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Old 05-26-11, 12:34 AM   #1
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very complex situation

i bought a felt s22 and it came standard with a profile designs carbon x handlebar setup.
i would like to sell the profile designs carbon X and get road bars, shifters/brakes, and stem.

i read online that this conversion will cost roughly $400, but i added the parts below and came out to something different.

road bars $30
stem $20
shifters/brakes dura ace $80?

is this conversion possible? thanks EVERYONE!
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Sure it's possible.

But the gear you've priced is way below par for your machine, hence the $ difference.

Except the DA brifters... $80? Damn, that's cheap.

Oh yeah, you forgot bar tape, and you may well need cables, too.
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Just so you know, Dura Ace 7900 STI levers have a MRSP of $620. A basic well made set of aluminum bars cost $50. Same with the stem.

If you're willing to settle for 105 levers, and are willing to get all your parts from Ebay, you can bring the cost down to $300.

Is there a reason why you want to put road bars on a time trial bike?
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damn, the DA shifters/brakes are more than i expected in the $200-$250 range used.
i really wish i had better hands when it comes to working on bikes
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i just dont like riding with the profile design carbon x bars. i feel like there is too much weight on my shoulders after riding for a good 20 minutes.
i like the bike the way it is, but just want to change the handlebar/barend shifters.

i went to my bike shop today and they quoted me $400 for shimano 105s. do yall know if the older dura ace shifters/brakes would work as well?
they dont have to be the latest and greatest dura ace shifters/brakes.


thanks
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What you need to spend your money on is a professional fit, and not randomly guess that it's a parts problem. You'll be stabbing in the dark if you do this. And waste lots of money with dubious results.

Spend the $100-$200 on a fit instead.
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Lol, why on earth would you buy a bike like that if you didn't need it for racing? I would forget the change and sell the dang thing and buy something that does what you need it to do... I may be wrong but sounds like you bought this bike for the wrong reasons.
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I have no idea where you found Dura Ace brifters for $80 or even $200 unless they are the wrong number of "speeds" or very heavily used. You have to use brifters with the same number of speeds as your cassette and I assume it's 10-speeds. The conversion you are proposing will be expensive and Aquakitty's comment that you bought the wrong bike is spot on.
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i just dont like riding with the profile design carbon x bars. i feel like there is too much weight on my shoulders after riding for a good 20 minutes.
i like the bike the way it is, but just want to change the handlebar/barend shifters.
You can change the shape of the bars, but that doesn't change the actual problem that's making you put all the weight on your shoulders: the seat on a time trial bike is way too far forward.
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Yeah, a TT bike might have a seat tube as steep as 78. You should be able to find a layback post if it's a common size like 27.2, though.

You can prolly make it usable without too much outlay...

What year is your bike? Looking at the Bikepedia page, most models have a 90 degree stem, but if you have one of the other stems, you could flip it to get your bars higher. Or just get a riser stem.

I'd consider maybe relocating the shifters to the bullhorns for street use, too.
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I have to agree with the others that changing the bars isn't going to achieve a lighter load on your arms. The bike sounds like it's just not set up for you or the way you ride. Changing to drop style road bars won't alter that. In fact it may make things worse.
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