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Old 11-13-08, 05:04 AM   #1
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anyone use them on their cross bike?I dont like the depth of the drops on most bars.Thanks
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Old 11-13-08, 07:05 AM   #2
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People do use dirt drops, but ideally you set them up differently from normal drop bars. Might want a riser stem.
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Old 11-13-08, 07:30 AM   #3
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I run the Garys on my Iro and I like them overall. I plan on moving the levers up to a more traditional position soon. I'm not in love with the current placement for longer road rides since I would rather be in the drops more. I do think that the current lever setup is pretty awesome for handling singletrack.

I also agree with that you need a pretty steep stem, either that or you'll need to use a lot of spacers on your steerer.






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Old 11-13-08, 09:03 AM   #4
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Photos I've seen of Midge bars make it seem more feasible to ride on the hoods than your current setup.
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Old 11-13-08, 09:06 AM   #5
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I agree. Riding on the hoods with this setup is almost useless. I was pretty clueless about off-road drops back when I built the bike up, I've got a better feeling for how I want the levers placed now that I've put some miles on the bike.

Thanks for posting up the pic.
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I don't like the Garys at all. The bends seriously limit lever placement.

Midges or the newish WTB Dirt Drops are the way to go for shallow, ultra-flared drops.
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is not the reason for the drop bar to ride in the drop?Not on hoods?
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I want both options.
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is not the reason for the drop bar to ride in the drop?Not on hoods?
The reason for drop bars is to have multiple functional locations at your disposal: tops, ramps, hoods, drops.
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anyone use them on their cross bike?I dont like the depth of the drops on most bars.Thanks
I used them for a while on my rob roy with a nice riser stem and liked the position. You're in the drops all the time basically, you can climb in the hoods. They provided me with a little too much leverage though so I took them off. I'm selling them and the stem if you're interested.
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I have them on a mountain bike, but sadly not on a cross bike yet.
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I don't like the Garys at all. The bends seriously limit lever placement.

Midges or the newish WTB Dirt Drops are the way to go for shallow, ultra-flared drops.
I second this. While they look similar, the Gary's bend isn't really conducive to having multiple hand positions or riding on the hoods. This is where the On-One Midges shine. With mine, I easily had 4 hand positions that were all comfortable, including the hoods.
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