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    Bike convert question

    Hey everyone. So I recently picked up a craigslist beauty for 20 bucks. It is a Specialized Hardrock, I'll guess around 10-11 years old. It is a steel frame, very lightweight, but in outstanding shape. The rear and front derailleurs are still in pretty good condition, they are suntour xcm series I believe. The shifters are also suntour xcm.

    I am taking this bike and converting it into a road bike of sorts. I have put drop bars on it, plan to get slick tires (the frame will only take 26's, but what the hey), and I am trying to replace the shifters.

    So my question is: Would a pair of shifters like these: http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Lever+Set.aspx work in the drops of the drop bars? I know they aren't made for road bikes, but keep in mind this is a mtb frame with a mtb crankset on it. I just want to know if they would still be functional or worth it when turned vertically and put in the drops.

    Thanks

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    As far as I know, you can't use those kind of shifters in drops (they won't clamp). You either need STI shifters or bar-end shifters, or twist-shifters with a special (and expensive) adapter.

    Bar-end shifters are probably your cheapest option, unless you can find a craigslist deal on STI shifters.

    I converted my Jamis Coda hybrid to drops by using STI shifters, an XT (mountain) rear derailleur, stock crankset (mountain), and stock (mountain) front derailleur. The triple front derailleur is only working as a double though, so I will need to replace it with a road front derailleur (I'm thinking Tiagra).



    Quote Originally Posted by metalchef87 View Post
    Hey everyone. So I recently picked up a craigslist beauty for 20 bucks. It is a Specialized Hardrock, I'll guess around 10-11 years old. It is a steel frame, very lightweight, but in outstanding shape. The rear and front derailleurs are still in pretty good condition, they are suntour xcm series I believe. The shifters are also suntour xcm.

    I am taking this bike and converting it into a road bike of sorts. I have put drop bars on it, plan to get slick tires (the frame will only take 26's, but what the hey), and I am trying to replace the shifters.

    So my question is: Would a pair of shifters like these: http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Lever+Set.aspx work in the drops of the drop bars? I know they aren't made for road bikes, but keep in mind this is a mtb frame with a mtb crankset on it. I just want to know if they would still be functional or worth it when turned vertically and put in the drops.

    Thanks

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    Run bar ends, friction. I'm really happy with my set up on my MTB. I'm also running 1+8 (38~11-32) if that helps any. Gotta take some dang pictures!
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