Join Date: Feb 2005
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Originally Posted by robmcl
Totally yes . . . . this is one of the main reasons poeple use these bars! They are MTB component compatible. Putting drops on a MTB is a bigger project that includes buying new shifters, brake levers,etc.
I wouldn't say it's one of the main reasons people use these bars. That may be selling trekking bars short.
Most of the talk I've heard about switching to them relates to hand positions available and an upright riding position. If I remember right, there are eight bikes with trekking bars currently in the Fully Loaded Touring Bike - Photo Gallery
... At least a couple are utilizing the same bar end shifters they could have used with drop bars.
My wife is such an example. I was looking forward to installing drop bars on her touring bike (based on a mtb). However, she'd tried out the trekking bars on a Novara Safari and liked them a lot. When I installed the trekking bars we stuck with bar end shifters because of their simplicity. This was in 2003 and she still loves those bars.
I'm not putting down grip shift though. This all comes down to personal preference.
Last edited by Miles2go; 04-15-06 at 02:41 PM.