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Old 05-28-11, 02:09 PM   #1
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Bullhorns on a mountain bike?

Just got some bar-ends for my Rockhopper, loving the extra hand positions, and the ease of climbing now. I was wondering if anyone has ever used bullhorns handlebars (as seen on many uban fixed-gear bikes) on a mountain bike, either for built in bar-ends, putting the shifters and brake levers on the flats, or traditionally, with a single speed mountain bike, with the brakes integrated into the ends. Are there any mountain bars specifically with built in bar-ends? I know that Steely Dan (on the Commuting boards) put bullhorns on his recently deceased Raleigh M-80, for city use, but has anyone used them for off-road adventures?
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Old 05-28-11, 04:44 PM   #2
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I don't see any reason not to if you like bar-ends. It would be pretty much the same thing put into one bar rather than a bolt on solution. You'd save a little weight if nothing else.
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I used Bullhorn bars back in the early 90's on my first MTB. It was a rigid Trek that I rode everywhere I could and they worked fine. From what I recall the bars I purchased were being marketed for mountain bikes at the time.
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Bar ends were the shiznit back when people used words like "Radical" to describe their riding style.


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How to set up mechanical disc brakes - from the "most radical mountain biker in the world".


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Have them on my commuter bike but wouldn't want them on my MTBs- I ride in a lot of brushy areas and wouldn't want to hook one on a branch. I'm clumsy enough as it is.
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I've got controls on barends so I can keep my hands on the ends most of the time.
It's a great setup for smoother trails and fireroads! I like flatbars better for rough stuff, though.
I had to shave the ends of these Sette barends down quite a bit as their grip diameter was greater than road bar grip diameter to start with.

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I don't see any reason not to if you like bar-ends.
the main reason is you have to find new brakes and shifters because bullhorns (and drop bars) have a wider diameter than mtb bars

if you wrap the bar ends with bar tape they look pretty close to bullhorns




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i'd like to think my bike is radical

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I had an old norco bushwacker for years that had them. They were a hoot and definitely helped on the climb. But I found them.. awkward for any flow or speed.

Kinda like toe clips. Fun to hop on and get lots of flashbacks to more innocent times, but I don't find them useful for very much.
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I saw Scott AT-2 bars on a thriftstore bike for $30 a couple weeks ago. Thought I'd wait for half-price day, but it was gone by then.

Basically bullhorns that fit MTB controls. Well, you can't get Gripshifts on 'em, but pretty much all other MTB controls.

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I have 2 Scott Thermoplastic bars just like those. At 160 grams probably one of the lighter bar/bar end combinations out there. Mine are from the 90's. When ever I see them on E-bay I try to buy them.

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I saw Scott AT-2 bars on a thriftstore bike for $30 a couple weeks ago. Thought I'd wait for half-price day, but it was gone by then.

Basically bullhorns that fit MTB controls. Well, you can't get Gripshifts on 'em, but pretty much all other MTB controls.

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Just imagine if this guy ran into the back of that girl that stopped in the middle of the trail. (video post a couple weeks back)
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the main reason is you have to find new brakes and shifters because bullhorns (and drop bars) have a wider diameter than mtb bars
the diameters of road and MTB bars are typically different (unless you find a rare bullhorn with MTB diameter as shown in this thread), but it's possible to stretch out the hanger bracket of a rapid fire style shifter to fit around a road diameter bullhorn bar. it's exactly how i made it work on my MTB w/bullhorns conversion. MTB brake levers would be harder to do with this method, but when i put bullhorns on my now deceased MTB, i just went with some reverse pull levers on the horns.






as to whether this set-up would be appropriate off-road, per the OP's question, i have no idea. my hybrid-converted MTB pictured above was only ever ridden as a back-up/foul weather/winter urban commuter before it met it's fate with that effing bus 2 weeks ago (RIP buddy).

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Just imagine if this guy ran into the back of that girl that stopped in the middle of the trail. (video post a couple weeks back)
she still wouldn't have felt it with all of her armor
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