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Old 06-01-07, 10:28 AM   #1
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Drop bars on your mtb?

Never mind the "why" question. Has anybody done it? What bits did you use? Easy/difficult? Do you like it? Got any pics?
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Old 06-01-07, 10:45 AM   #2
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Old 06-01-07, 11:02 AM   #4
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Yeah, I know it's been done. Bridgestone offered bikes with them years ago. I'm looking for the specifics.
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If you have an old MTB with a steel quill stem it's no problem at all. Get a Ritchey roadbar wit a 25.8 diameter and it will fit into a 25.4 stem with ease. Or get a japanese roadbar thathas a 25.4 diameter.
Most oldstyle MTB-brakes will work with roadstyle handles although you will have to set them up pretty carefully. V-brakes is another matter.

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I've seriously thought about it, but did not do it. Brake pull set-up could be an issue.
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Old 06-01-07, 12:12 PM   #8
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The DiaCompe 287 levers or Problem Solvers Travels agents can help with the brake/lever issues.
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My brother did it:

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My brother did it:


Any problems with fit or reach? Is it a lot different feel than your old bars? I'm guessing they were flat.
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If you have an old MTB with a steel quill stem it's no problem at all. Get a Ritchey roadbar wit a 25.8 diameter and it will fit into a 25.4 stem with ease. Or get a japanese roadbar thathas a 25.4 diameter.
Most oldstyle MTB-brakes will work with roadstyle handles although you will have to set them up pretty carefully. V-brakes is another matter.

Again, any problems with the fit of the cockpit after the change?
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Again, any problems with the fit of the cockpit after the change?
I would have liked the touring rig to be a couple of inches larger, the winter SS is just great but I like a stretched position. I found that trailriding is just about impossible with dropbars, winterriding onroad in the snow is just great.
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Can you say 'PhotoShop' ?
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i was going to say photoshop
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PhotoShop. But Woodcraft does make clip-ons for 36mm stanchions:

http://www.woodcraft-cfm.com/Scripts...dproduct=17272

If I ever find a downhill road race with a Cafe-DH class, I'll be set
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Just get one of these. Then put drop bars on it. Ok, so it isn't exactly a MTB frame, but who cares?

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PhotoShop. But Woodcraft does make clip-ons for 36mm stanchions:

http://www.woodcraft-cfm.com/Scripts...dproduct=17272

If I ever find a downhill road race with a Cafe-DH class, I'll be set
Thanks for hijacking the thread with your photoshop talents. Are you that starved for attention?
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Just get one of these. Then put drop bars on it. Ok, so it isn't exactly a MTB frame, but who cares?

I tried to be pretty specific in my questions and most people have answered the questions I asked. Why can't people stick to the topic at hand? (It's rhetorical) I'm not trying to find a Salsa to put drop bars on. Thanks
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Find Shiggy and ask him, he's been riding drop bars (WTB dirtdrops, not road drops) for years and loves them.
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I tried to be pretty specific in my questions and most people have answered the questions I asked. Why can't people stick to the topic at hand? (It's rhetorical) I'm not trying to find a Salsa to put drop bars on. Thanks
I was only kidding. Hence, the big smiley face.

Yes, you can put drop bars on a MTB.

If you chose to do so, I would suggest sticking with an O/S stem, so you can use O/S drop bars. Also, when it comes to shifting, you have some options. I have heard the Shimano STI shifters will work, but you'll need to swap out the front and rear ders. I don't think the newer Low-Normal Shimmy ders will work with STI road shifters at all.

I've also heard of some guys using SRAM grip shifters on the tops, and regular aero brake levers. However, the throw my be a bit off, and would require alot of tweaking. I would almost say try some Canti's if you can, I think their throw matches up a little better with aero brake levers.

STI shifters may work with V-brakes or mechanical Dics, but not sure. The throw required may require you to really keep the pads close to the rims in order to work better. Thus, alot more junk may get stuck in there, and more rubbing may occur.
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My question is WHY on earth would anyone put drop bars on an mtb?
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And here I thought I was just havin' a little fun. Do you have a stick up your *** to the fourth whorl?
There's plenty of other threads to show off your neat little pictures. Go there or start your own. If you're not bringing something to the discussion you're just wasting time and taking up space.
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My question is WHY on earth would anyone put drop bars on an mtb?
For the Red Bull Road Rage, of course!
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