Iíve my hybrid Specialized Sirrus Sport 2014 for few weeks now. After pass my total 100 miles (in 12 rides), I always have wrist pain from every rides. I try adjusting my saddle and bought gel gloves but problem persist.
So Iíd like to convert from flat bar to drop bar for multi posture which I hope this could fix my wrist pain problem while I still keep my bike. And noÖmy wife would not allow me to buy a new bike until further notice LOL. So my best bet is now with conversion.
Before we proceed, Iíd like to let you know that I have 0 knowledge in both mechanic and bike component. Ok here are parts of my Sirrus.
HEADSET: 1-1/8Ē FSA integrated cartridge lower, external sealed upper bearings
STEM: Alloy, 4-bolt, 20-degree rise, 25.4mm clamp
HANDLEBARS: Specialized flat bar, alloy, 6-degree backsweep, 25.4mm
BRAKES: Die-cast, alloy V-brake, 60mm 1pc. pad, linear pull
BRAKE LEVERS: Alloy V-brake, two-finger, linear pull
FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano Acera
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Acera, 9-speed
SHIFT LEVERS: Shimano Acera, EZ Fire
CASSETTE: Shimano, 9-speed, 11-32
CHAIN: KMC X9
CRANKSETS: R Suntour XCR, 9-speed, square spindle
CHAINRINGS: 48/36/26, w/ chainguard
STEM LENGHT: 90mm
TOP TUBE: 580mm
After all research, I find that most of the problem from drop bar conversion are from Shifters and Brakes. Here are my questions.
DROP BAR: Should I buy one with 25.4mm clamp to fit my stock stem or should I go with 31.8mm and change my stem altogether with it. Current stem is 90mm. Top tube is 580mm. Do you think I need a shorter stem after conversion? I like a compact drop bar with not too long reach.
SHIFTERS: I found Shimano Dura Ace Bar End Shifter Set, 9 Speed SL-BS77 and not sure if itís compatible with my stock Shimano Acera 9x3 or not? Here a link for further details
BRAKES: I think donít have much choice though. AFAIK only Tektro RL520 V-brake is usable for my stock V-Brakes. Iíd love to get Travel Agent too but itís super rare item in my country. Chance of getting one with reasonable price is very low.
Another options are either getting a Retroshift or go with brifters and change to mini V brakes. But itís costly than above combination.
Lastly is there any things I should consider / concern? Thank you very much in advance for all your helpful advice!