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Old 05-24-13, 12:12 PM   #1
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21 pound gravelgrinder

Got some flak for setting up this bike with risers and barends, so here it is in this years version. Probably a Mongoose Sandvik frame. 8 speed, 180 mm M730 crankset that I really like. Furious Fred tires, fast and predictable.

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Cool! I love old hardtail mountain bike utility rebuilds.
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What is so bad about bar ends? On my Schwinn, I spend more time on the bar ends than on the main grips, and with my 4-finger Shimano brake handles, I can brake from either position.
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What is so bad about bar ends? On my Schwinn, I spend more time on the bar ends than on the main grips, and with my 4-finger Shimano brake handles, I can brake from either position.
It's the combo of riser bars and barends that is not "permitted" !
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It's the combo of riser bars and barends that is not "permitted" !
Cobblers--To put it politely.

Use what you want to -providing it is not a fashion code that you just want. Both the Tandem and my Bianchi have risers and bar ends. Need the risers and the bar ends for differing terrain and speeds.

Nice set up by the way.
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MAybe not quite my style or speed but methinks that there's a fine looking mochine.
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If I see riser and bar ends I assume the rider is 50+.

I have a bike similar in concept but I call it my mountain bike. 29er hardtail with rigid fork, 3x10 drivetrain, cable discs, 2.1 knobbie on the front but 700x47 smooth street tire on the rear. I'm currenly using a Soma Oxford bar, upside down, which replaced a Salsa Woodchipper dirt drop. Mine is chromoly and weighs 30lbs. I also have more orthodox gravel grinder with discs but it is nowhere near as good on the dirt.

It's fun to ride. Of course, I have to go slower on some parts of the trail but I am faster overall then my peer group on "crabon" dual susp. 29ers.
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It's the combo of riser bars and barends that is not "permitted" !
Riser bars have to be wider in order to provide enough flat space for the handgrips, shifters, brake levers and such. Since they are wider they sweep back more than narrower flat bars. The back sweep makes bar ends stick out at a goofy angle.

We can't have that.
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It's the combo of riser bars and barends that is not "permitted" !
It's permitted by me. I too build bikes that feel good and still have taste.
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Riser bars have to be wider in order to provide enough flat space for the handgrips, shifters, brake levers and such. Since they are wider they sweep back more than narrower flat bars. The back sweep makes bar ends stick out at a goofy angle.

We can't have that.


But I suppose they do look goofy with the pilot having this grin midway in a 100 mile offroad
He did not look this happy by the end.
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