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Old 06-29-14, 08:54 PM   #1
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Hood position on bars

I know there is a certain amount of preference to positioning hoods on bars but curious how my position looks. Is this around what is considered standard? High ? Low?

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Old 06-29-14, 09:01 PM   #2
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I'd say your hoods should be positioned so that you can easily reach the DCLs when in the drops without any undue strain, or overt bending of the wrists...this also dictates what bar shape is ideal in terms of your comfort on top the hoods. There's a balancing act with reach & bar rotation in the equation as well.
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I'd say your hoods should be positioned so that you can easily reach the DCLs when in the drops without any undue strain, or overt bending of the wrists...this also dictates what bar shape is ideal in terms of your comfort on top the hoods. There's a balancing act with reach & bar rotation in the equation as well.
Well, I can operate the brake and shift up/down with one finger if necessary. Overall I'm comfortable on the hoods but I feel like I would be more upright. This is my first set up compact drops and I am also spending more time in the drops so being able to operate the levers from there is probably the most important thing
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Brifters and short Ramp bars are a reasonable combination ,, you could rotate the bar up a little ..

I still use older stuff (exMB1 Dirt Drop HB, bar end shifters), the end of the bars points towards the rear axle .
brake hood points up a Bit .

feel you want to be more upright ?, the pre cut of fork steerers should be delayed...
since threadless systems work fine with spacers above and below the stem, short cutting can be postponed.

until you decide on the height , thru actual riding.
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Brifters and short Ramp bars are a reasonable combination ,, you could rotate the bar up a little ..

I still use older stuff (exMB1 Dirt Drop HB, bar end shifters), the end of the bars points towards the rear axle .
brake hood points up a Bit .

feel you want to be more upright ?, the pre cut of fork steerers should be delayed...
since threadless systems work fine with spacers above and below the stem, short cutting can be postponed.

until you decide on the height , thru actual riding.
Thanks. Steerer is actually cut as low as it can go. I don't really want to be upright. If anything it feels weird compared to the last road bike I owned that was put together by an lbs. The more I ride this new build the more I find myself in the drops. Im still able to stay aero on the hoods. When I want to be upright I go to the tops but that's mostly climbing. I'm one of those people who's back actually feels better being stretched a bit
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I'd say your hoods should be positioned so that you can easily reach the DCLs...
Besides being uncomfortably close to DSLs, DCL (Dual Control Levers) is a Shimano registered trademark and not appropriately applied to the SRAM units here, nor shift/brake units in general, so just go with brifters. It's easy, descriptive, and generic, avoiding the brand confusion (and suggestion of nastiness!) that DCLs engenders.
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I don't like brifter hoods pointing steeply skyward like you're gripping dual erections. It just looks awful. A flattish or slightly upward hood looks right to me, and I find that comfortable as well. How's that for utterly subjective input.
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I don't like brifter hoods pointing steeply skyward like you're gripping dual erections. It just looks awful. A flattish or slightly upward hood looks right to me, and I find that comfortable as well. How's that for utterly subjective input.
Sounds right. Seems most people I know who bought bikes from LBS with Shimano (especially Ultegra) have the hoods pointing almost skyward. The levers also look much bigger than my SRAM hoods. Looks weird but still makes me wonder if I"m missing something.
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I'd say they look rerally good. You might try lowering then just a bit so there is a slight notch between the hoods and the bend in the bars. For me I surely wouldn't move them up any. and I wouldn't move them down so much as to roll your hands over. To me the most normal hand/wrist association is much like how you would reach out to shake someones hand. I would shot for starting in a similar position.

Bottom line is "to each his own"
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