This newbie has some doubts!
Hi everyone! Just registered and this is my first post! Hope I get to stay here a long time!
So this is the issue: Right now I own a Caloi 100 (brazilian brand) which is really way too small for me (I think it's 17" or 18", and my size is 21". I'm 1,9m tall) and really rusty and old now. I plan on getting a new bike in the next months.
I've opted for a MTB, for it's versatility and price, since road bikes here are really expensive and the tarmac sucks. No such thing as cyclocross bikes can be found here, unfortunately. So here comes my doubt: I really like the road bikes handlebar. The fact that you can grab it with a neutral hand position is really great imo... So I read about bar ends, for mtb's and even about dropbars for mtb's.
The thing is, I'm gonna be using the bike to commute to university, leisure, training (trying to lose some weight and get some conditioning) and maybe some light trails or even short touring (100km or so, maybe a bit more?). This made me discard the mtb specific dropbars. The bar ends are a solution but I think I'll use it more than the "usual grip", which made me want to have a braking lever accessible anytime there. No such thing can me done with bar ends, so I thought about getting a road dropbar and put it on a MTB. I'd still have the usual brakes and shifters, but would add braked to the dropbar, like a road bike (no shifters there!).
Is this a sloppy solution? Can it be done? I've heard some people saying it will make the bike really uncomfortable to ride also because the "side grip" would be forward and farther from the seat.
I'd like your opinions, please... And some recommendations on what bike to get (Right now I can only afford something like the Trek 3500 or, if I save hard, something like the Trek Wahoo 29er)
Also, is it possible to have the stock brake levers working AND the shimano road bike levers at the same time? Would I need to brakes or they can work with the same brake cable or something? (Had this idea watching a video)
Thank you very much
MTB brake levers and shift levers do not fit on drop bars. I have heard people say you can modify them to fit (remove material from the clamp so they fit on the larger diameter road bars) but I have never seen it done.
There are brake levers made to work with whatever type you have on your MTB, and bar end lever will also probably work well with your mtb derailleurs.
I'd double check your size. I'm only about an inch (25mm) taller than you, and I ride a 64-65cm frame. A 21-inch bike would be far too small for me.
Of course you can set up your bike any way you want, but you probably don't need two sets of brake levers. Once you're used to them, your hands will find them quickly wherever they are. If you want them anyway, cyclocross racers use dual levers, a set of mountain bike-like levers on the tops of the drop bars working with ordinary road-style levers. I've never paid enough attention to them to see how they hook up, but if you google "cyclocross brake levers," you'll find information. Here's a picture:
Last edited by Velo Dog; 08-24-12 at 09:03 PM.
Funny - when I read the post in the thread screen, it is a solid page of the most gibberishy gibberish i have ever seen:
Originally Posted by Velo Dog
but it shows up in the quote screen as a normal comment.
Originally Posted by Velo Dog
Anyhoo, regarding sizing, I am another 25mm taller than you and I can fit comfortably on some 21" mountain and hybrid frames. I need a 64 cm road frame, but not so much in a mtb or hybrid.
Also, if choices are limited, very tall people will just use the largest size they can get their hands on, and perhaps for bsiq that has always been a 21" frame.
Thank you very much for the replies, guys!
About the brake levers, it's not really my most important concern, but it would be nice to have them both otherwise it just makes more sense to install bar ends to a regular mtb handlebar.
So from what I could understand the stock shifters and levers wouldn'r work on a drop handlebar, right? Can you guys tell me what's the difference in diameter on those handlebars? From wht I could find earlier the road drop handlebars are 31.8mm, am I right?
About the size, I've used a fit calculator (not one found in this forum though) that said my MTB size was 19", so I'm not sure about how this things work but... Anyway from the other results (seat tube and top tube size) I could compare to trek's geometry , I found out that the 21" works best. Not sure, since I have never riden a bike bigger than 19" though... I might double check that size, yes. Thank you for that as well
Anyway... this idea of mine looks like trouble! I'd have to change the handlebars, then shifters and brake levers, then add one more brake lever and I'm not even sure how they would work together haha. I'll do some research on the cyclocross stuff, though. A shame they are impossible to find here!