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    What's up with deep drop stems?

    I think it looks awesome but is it comfy and will it take a toll on the back and neck? Of course its good for speed though.
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    personally, i like the way it looks. right now i don't have a crazy drop stem but i want one. i figure with bullhorns it will be ok, but with drops i might be eating my front tire.

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    It looks "fast" standing still. It's not really useful, and actually has a lot of drawbacks in a rookies hands. For example, most people that rock those deep of stems with track drops don't ride in the drops often. The worst for actual safety though is that when they are in the drops and when quick handling is of utmost importance, the riders arms are often extended too far because the drops/stem are too deep. The more extended arms is bad enough, but it often leads to people completely locking out in the drops once they get tired. Which makes them steer like they're driving a school bus, not a sports car.

    It looks damn cool, but you also look cool actually going fast .

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    Designed for keirin track racing.

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    You want deep drop?




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    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle
    You want deep drop?
    Of course, they're ALL higher than the hand position of the original picture.

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    ridin in the drops is great for climbing and speeding past buses, intersection, whatever you need to get around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shishi
    ridin in the drops is great for climbing and speeding past buses, intersection, whatever you need to get around.
    lol.

    EDITh wait were you serious? I really have trouble telling when people make absurd statements like this.

    Those bars really aren't very low since they are meant to emulate the drop part of a normal bar.

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    Deep enough for you?


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    It's basically an aesthetic choice. If your bike is fit correctly it shouldn't be too much of a strain on your back/arms. Nitto also makes track stems with less of a drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle
    Deep enough for you?

    Somebody needs to learn how to lock their bike.

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    Looks like a pain in the neck to me unless your sprinting for 1K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNCLR
    Somebody needs to learn how to lock their bike.
    haha, totally. pop that lovely quill stem out and ride away with a nice track bike.
    riding a bike is NOT probable cause

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-ride
    haha, totally. pop that lovely quill stem out and ride away with a nice track bike.
    not really... look closer

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    you could take the wheels/stem/bars/seat = like 5 hundo
    "The only reasons anyone should ever ride in the rain is because a) you’ve had your license to operate a motor vehicle suspended by the state. b) you’re in a bike race in which case you’re not allowed to use fenders anyway. c) you’re from Portland- in which case my main problem is with your neck beard- not your bicycle...If you need to train when it’s pissing rain- buy a trainer or one of those cheap charter flights to Mallorca."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyeswho
    Of course its good for speed though.
    the best thing for speed is huge thighs and tons of power, not just a silly, dropped stem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b-ride
    haha, totally. pop that lovely quill stem out and ride away with a nice track bike.
    please explain that one to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by piwonka
    please explain that one to me.
    He's gonna take the bars and stem off the Cinelli and put them on his gaspipe Peugeot conversion. Instant nice track bike.

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    Any of you ever hear of clever bike thieves with crank pullers jacking people's cranks? No innuendo please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mander
    Any of you ever hear of clever bike thieves with crank pullers jacking people's cranks? No innuendo please.
    My buddy had his Phil Wood BB stolen in Port Coquitlam last year when he was in Timmy's getting a coffee. How on earth could they have know it was a Phil BB? And who the hell carries around Phil BB removers?

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    They'll jack anything in PoCo.
    stay away.
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    Free Deep V's.

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    free cinelli!! oops didn't see the triangle


    anyway what you need to do instead of searching for asthetics you need to find the right fit for you that means proper saddle to stem relationship that means you can actually use those nice bars that you paid for I run zero drop all the time it doesn't look as perty but atleast it is comfy and workable

    and I didn't waste money on a flat bar that looks like drops
    I am dyslexic so bear with my posts.... [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Better still, unbolt that bike rack and just slip the chain
    off. You could ride it home and cut the chain later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [165]
    the best thing for speed is huge thighs and tons of power, not just a silly, dropped stem.
    The best thing for speed is super high-rise stems (and huge thighs, etc.)



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