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Old 01-23-17, 09:02 PM
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Bar ends vs bullbars

Hey so I had a thought about an easy way to convert a hybrid (or other 700c bike) to a roadie on the cheap.

Step 1: Cut the bar down to about 40 cm or grab a short mtb bar.
Step 2: Throw a pair of longish bar ends on
Step 3: If possible move the mtb brake levers onto the bar ends?
Step 4: Apply bar tape (or inner tube if you wanna go cheap, I done this on my road bike and it works a dream (Saying that I went from cold steel to inner tube never used real bar tape))

You will be keeping twist shifters but I doubt that having to change position for that is anywhere near as annoying as using downtube shifters.

My thoughts were some road bikes use bullbars instead of drop bars. If you attach bar ends in this way you get the same aero position as the end of the bullbar/the hoods. You would be missing out of the drops but im not sure how needed that is.

Would this work? Total cost would be about 10 because you are able to reuse all your old MTB components or would you need to get new brake levers?
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I've done it. I didn't cut my bars down that much (580mm), and I got all my controls onto the barends (had to file and sand them down quite a bit). It was a pretty sweet setup. I don't think it would work as well with Gripshifts, but leaving them on the flatbar might be OK.

Guess I never got pics post-bartape.

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Are those normal MTB brake levers? Or special bar end brakes? Howd you get the curve?

If I was gonna do this would I be able to take the straight bar ends off this old BSO thats sitting around my garage or would I need to get a curved set? Like is the curve needed for ergonomics or something (Both bullbars and drop bars have lots of curves in them.

Also how does your setup keep up to real roadies?
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Old 01-23-17, 09:25 PM
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If you want a cleaner look, there are brahma bar options from GT, Zoom, Scott. The Scotts that are most bullhorn-like are the AT2, AT3

Shops with big used inventories or eBay should yield a bar for a bit more than good barends.
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Old 01-23-17, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by flik9999 View Post
Are those normal MTB brake levers? Or special bar end brakes? Howd you get the curve?

If I was gonna do this would I be able to take the straight bar ends off this old BSO thats sitting around my garage or would I need to get a curved set? Like is the curve needed for ergonomics or something (Both bullbars and drop bars have lots of curves in them.

Also how does your setup keep up to real roadies?
Standard MTB brakes.

The barends came with the dogleg bend in them. I'd have preferred a pair with a slighter dogleg, but that was the pair I had on hand.
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Old 01-23-17, 09:28 PM
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I've seen trekking bars for under $20....
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
Standard MTB brakes.

The barends came with the dogleg bend in them. I'd have preferred a pair with a slighter dogleg, but that was the pair I had on hand.
Reckon mine will work as they are 100% straight? Or will the hand position be uncomfortable without any curve at all?
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Bar ends are generally the same diameter as the bar at the grip area, 22.2 mm.
So moving the existing brake levers/shifters will kinda-sorta work.
Gripshift units don't mount well to bar ends with a bend at the front. The grub screw that (usually) locks them in place is generally at the front of the assembly, so you need to get the barrel on far enough for it to grab to get it to work.
Or invent another mounting method. Hot Glue might give an option for disassembly if needed.


And with straight bar ends you'll have the cables exiting straight ahead, swaying proudly in the wind.


Unless the current cables run real long, a new cableset will be required.
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Old 01-24-17, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Trevtassie View Post
I've seen trekking bars for under $20....
This would be my solution.
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Originally Posted by Trevtassie View Post
I've seen trekking bars for under $20....
Nashbar's are $19.99 regular price, wait for a sale and you could get them for $14-15.
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Old 01-24-17, 10:15 AM
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Also as bar ends have 2 positions (tops, horns) and drops has 3 (tops, hoods, drops). Is it possible to have the bar ends mimic hoods and drops instead of tops and hoods by applying the handlebars low.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Nashbar's are $19.99 regular price, wait for a sale and you could get them for $14-15.
Several new on eBay now for $15 and less....
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Several new on eBay now for $15 and less....
Link? I'm actually in the market for some, I don't see those on ebay though.
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Use a long flatish stem and angle your trekking bars slightly forward and you get all the hand positions you need, an upright one with full access to brakes and gears, stretched out and down to the front bars in a relatively aero position and the side sections for climbing. Don't angle them backwards as it won't change the angle of your back, thus won't allow you to use different muscles in your back and arms to support your weight. Soon enough you'll get Flat Bar Syndrome, pain caused by the same muscles in your arms and back tiring from having to hold one position.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Link? I'm actually in the market for some, I don't see those on ebay though.
Sorry, figures, they ended yesterday.....

Current ebay prices are no better than Amazon or Niagara.
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The scott bullbars I had in the mid 90's were way to flexy for me on climbs. Bar ends on bars seemed more solid at the time.
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Originally Posted by Xcelr810 View Post
The scott bullbars I had in the mid 90's were way to flexy for me on climbs. Bar ends on bars seemed more solid at the time.
Yeah, all Scott bars were flexy. GT and most (if not all) other Brahma bars from back then were much stiffer.
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Google image “chop and flop handlebars”

I did mine chop no flop with brifters and ride mostly on the hoods. I used to have a pic but can’t find it right now.
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Consider Ergon GR5, their longest bar end, combined with their comfortable Grip.

A GR 4,3,2, features a shorter bar end.
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