I ride a 2013 Specialized Allez Comp and would like to swap the drop bars for bullhorns and possibly convert to 1x8. I'm thinking the cleanest and easiest way to do it would be with a mountain bike style brake / shifter combination for the rear. The front would just be a basic brake lever since the front derailleur would be removed.
Have any of you guys done this? Is this possible, or is it much or complicated than I'm thinking?
My bike's specs as it sits now (stock):
1-1/8" sealed Cr-Mo cartridge bearings integrated w/ headset, 20mm alloy cone spacer, w/ 20mm of spacers
Cast alloy, 4-bolt, 31.8mm
Specialized Comp, 6061 alloy, shallow bend
Shimano 2300 STI
Shimano HG-50, 8-speed, 12-25
Shimano 2300 compact
Sealed cartridge, square taper, 68mm