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Old 10-18-07, 10:03 AM   #1
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flop & chop vs "real" bullhorns

So I've never ridden manufactured bullhorns, but for some reason the only ones I've seen that I think I would like are the ones that closely resemble flop & chops. What are your experiences with comparing/contrasting the two?
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Old 10-18-07, 11:20 AM   #2
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Flop and chops are generally shorter on the reach, and the curve can actually be a little more ergo. If you want to keep the cost down, you usually don't need a shorter stem with them. Mounting brakes on them is a pain, however, unless you just want a little emergengy lever by the stem, which I think is kind of dumb unless that's where you mostly keep your hands. Factory stuff gives you two real hand positions with the flat part of the horn and then out to the end, on homegrowns it's more like 1.5 positions, there's not a huge difference.
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Old 10-18-07, 11:58 AM   #3
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I'm not really liking my flop and chops. They are a bit uncomfortable with the bend so close to the ends. I was able to get a TT style lever crammed into the end of mine though.
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a regular old road lever fits on them fine if you can't get a tt lever too.
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Old 10-18-07, 01:10 PM   #6
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Apart from some TT levers not fitting (as Kemmer mentioned may be the case), TT bullhorns often sport internal cable routing and the hand position for the "horns" are longer and straight so you can move around on them a bit.

Bullhorns also offer different degrees of drop. Flopped bars only have zero drop which is fine if that is what you need. Bullhorns also offer different degrees of length extension, flops don't.

It depends on your current fit and if you need to tweak your hand position.
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