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Old 04-19-11, 09:30 AM   #1
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Trek Soho S Conversion

I have a bone stock Trek Soho S. I was thinking about converting the handlbar set up from the straight set-up to a drop down set-up. With that comes the questions about converting the brake levers. Should I add a fixed gear hub and just take the brakes off? Is that even possible with my Trek?

Please help me with your opinions on my ideas?
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Old 04-19-11, 09:38 AM   #2
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Donno, but if you haven't ridden fixed before, use a brake.

IMO drop bars without brake hoods will more than likely be very uncomfortable for you.
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Old 04-19-11, 10:30 AM   #3
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You could try bullhorns and keep the same levers. Unless you think you'll be riding the drops a lot, bullhorns give you a lot of hand positions similar to the tops and hoods of drops and the option of more reach for a more aggressive ride.

I just switched out the risers on my Redline 925 for some bullhorns and it's a way different, much more stretched out, aggressive position. Better for longer rides, not as good for urban riding.
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I was hoping this was going to be a thread about converting a singlespeed into a geared bike or something. Misleading title.

That being said, you could get rando bars (like the nitto noodle, or velo orange ones) and run them with your stock (what I assume are)cross levers if you really want drops, as they have a lot of flat area on the tops and tons of hand positions, or go bullhorns. You could get some drop bullhorns and get a little drop, mount your brake levers next to the stem and have a lot of hand positions.
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Donno, but if you haven't ridden fixed before, use a brake.

IMO drop bars without brake hoods will more than likely be very uncomfortable for you.
They suck, I have drops without break hoods and pretty much the only comfortable position is in the drops.
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I have the Trek Earl (very similar to the Soho) and I used it fixed daily. It has a flip-flop hub and it is very easy to go from fixed/free. I'm not sure how the Soho works or if it has a flip-flop hub.
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one of the guys in my show converted his to drops, it's a killer setup, used tektro drop levers. i'll see if i can find a picture
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You will need:
- new stem, suggest shorter than stock, proper diameter for the bars you get, either 26.0 or 31.8.
- new bars -- drop? bullhorn?
- drop bar brake levers or interruptor levers, maybe TT levers if you go for bullhorns
- cog and lockring
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I <3 it! 3 weeks old with a few major alterations from factory trim... I still need to fix the geometry a bit - I think a shorter stem or an adjustable stem will have this thing dailled in nicely Fast, simple, and FUN!!
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