Alt Handlebars, Riding Position advice needed
New to mountain biking, comeing from a road/commuter background.
Building up a mountain bike.
I'm looking for advice on the different positions/riding positure used with different handlebar styles.
At the moment, I am considering two handlebar styles: dirt drops, or flatbars with bar ends
dirt drops, 2 main positions, hoods vs drops
flatbar w ends, 2 main positions flats vs ends
both styles have a relaxed location - hoods, flats
and an aggressive location - drops, ends
however, with the dirt drops, change in posture is mainly vertical -up/down
while with the flatbar w ends, change in posture is mainly horizonal -back/forward
also, the ability to shift is different for each style
with dirt drops, (barcon shifters) shifting is convenient from the aggressive location -drops
with flatbars, shifting is convenient from the relaxed location -flats
So, being new to mtb, I'm not sure what kinds of riding positions are going to be used and for what purposes. Is it more useful for the change in position to be vertical, or horizontal?
Is it more useful to shift quickly from an aggressive or relaxed position?
Last edited by xenologer; 11-12-12 at 05:24 AM.