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Old 08-01-08, 03:48 PM   #1
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Drop bars on Mountain Bike

Has anyone put drop bars on a mountain bike? I have an old steel frame Rockhopper that I've been using as a commuter. It's generally done a great job, but I would prefer the option to ride in the drops like on my road bike, especially in a head wind. I have another road bike that's not in use, with a threaded stem (like my mtn bike) and 3x7-speed brifters (mtn bike is also 7-speed). I got the idea to pop the bar, stem and all, and swap them out. (Not sure if the stem is the right size or not, but assuming it is). I think that would turn the Rockhopper into a great long commuter / tourer.
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Drop bars on Mt Bikes is nothing new. Nowadays some call it "Monstercross".
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Sounds interesting. Try it and see. Let us know how it goes.
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Why not just ride the old road bike?
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You mean like this?



I had it set up like this for awhile. Worked fine, up to a point. The shifters are RSX 8-speed shifters from an old bike. It worked okay but not great with the 7-speed cassette. Unfortunately, I couldn't fit an 8 speed cassette on the hubs. Friction bar ends would have solved the problem, I guess.

You won't have that problem, but you might have a stem issue. Riding on the hoods or drops might make you feel too stretched out so you might want a stem that's 1 or 2 cm shorter.

Also, MTB bars are usually 25.4mm, not 26mm like road bars. I think there are some Nitto road bars in 25.4.



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I was going to do the same, but I ended up selling the bike.

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Sounds like you won't have the problem because your brifters are set for the same number of speeds, but my mountain bike with drop bars (done by previous owner) started out with thumb shifters that got moved from the bars to the stem to make perfectly suitable stem shifters. Works pretty well.

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Why not just ride the old road bike?
The road bike is too small, and all aluminum (including aluminum fork). It used to beat me up on rides with decent roads... the roads on my commute would be absolute torture on it. But, it was a hand me down from a friend who didn't want it back. The Mtn bike with flat bars is way better on the commute, and it's also better than my well-fitting Specialized Roubaix.
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You mean like this?



I had it set up like this for awhile. Worked fine, up to a point. The shifters are RSX 8-speed shifters from an old bike. It worked okay but not great with the 7-speed cassette. Unfortunately, I couldn't fit an 8 speed cassette on the hubs. Friction bar ends would have solved the problem, I guess.

You won't have that problem, but you might have a stem issue. Riding on the hoods or drops might make you feel too stretched out so you might want a stem that's 1 or 2 cm shorter.

Also, MTB bars are usually 25.4mm, not 26mm like road bars. I think there are some Nitto road bars in 25.4.



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Yes, that would be exactly what I would do. Looks like you kept the original stem... I was thinking of swapping out the bars stem and all, rather than having to take off the bar ends, brakes, etc. Good point about the stem length. I think I'll be OK, I have a pretty long torso. Otherwise, I've seen threaded-to-threadless adapters that would allow me to swap stems around to get the right setup. Thanks for the picture!
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Ah, good idea on the threadless adapter. That would definitely be smart. Just detach the cables and pull the whole thing out. And then if you want to go back to flat bar, it would be quick and easy.
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Ah, good idea on the threadless adapter. That would definitely be smart. Just detach the cables and pull the whole thing out. And then if you want to go back to flat bar, it would be quick and easy.
Both the mtn bike and the road bike currently have threaded stems, so my hope is to swap out the bars stem and all. But, if they're not the same size or if the stem length on the drop bars is too long, then I'll have to go with the adapter and start messing with different stems. It would be nice to be able to revert to the flats if I need to though!
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I'm curious if anyone has any pics of a MTB with drop bars and front shocks on it? Same config but also with rear shocks if anyone has pics of that. I've been thinking of putting drop bars on my MTB but kinda backed off because the bikes kinda pricey already ($2000) and I didn't want to screw up the conversion without seeing how some MTB's would look first.
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Even John Tomac rode a MTB with drops back in the day, so its doable, but maybe something like the Midge bar will be a better choice.

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You mean like this?



I had it set up like this for awhile. Worked fine, up to a point. The shifters are RSX 8-speed shifters from an old bike. It worked okay but not great with the 7-speed cassette. Unfortunately, I couldn't fit an 8 speed cassette on the hubs. Friction bar ends would have solved the problem, I guess.




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I was going to do the same, but I ended up selling the bike.

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Ah-ha! So that is you!

I'm the one that commented on your Bianchi setup with the dual chainstay light mounts (now with 3 comments). Loved those pics. Nice looking bike that does not look really hobo'ish while on the road.

This is my site with my crazy lighting. http://www.flickr.com/photos/49184877@N00/

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Some one had mentioned the midge bar, which I think is ideal for this. It is also on sale at price point (I just purchase one, with a brooks).
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Ah-ha! So that is you!

I'm the one that commented on your Bianchi setup with the dual chainstay light mounts (now with 3 comments). Loved those pics. Nice looking bike that does not look really hobo'ish while on the road.

This is my site with my crazy lighting. http://www.flickr.com/photos/49184877@N00/

I'm slowly working on having a cleaner setup.
You got me! Thanks for the comment. I sold that bike to my cousin. I'm in the process of selling an early 90's Diamond Back mountain bike. It's super clean, tuned, lubed and ready to ride.
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I saw drop bars on a tiny folding bike...
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WTB do a nice drop bar.
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Only real issue you might have is with the brakes
if mountain bike has V-Brakes the brifters will not work
cable pull is different
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Only real issue you might have is with the brakes
if mountain bike has V-Brakes the brifters will not work
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Brifters will work if you use travel agents to increase cable pull. However, if that's not your thing, you could always switch out the V-brakes for cantilevers.
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Brifters will work if you use travel agents to increase cable pull. However, if that's not your thing, you could always switch out the V-brakes for cantilevers.
The DiaCompe 267V levers are made specifically for V brakes
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