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Old 06-09-05, 06:40 PM
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Drop Bars on Mtn bike

I ride totally Rode bike and I have a pretty new Haro Mtn bike which I dont ride and was thinking about converting it to a cyclecross or a training bike for off season riding (on the road). The first thing I would want to do is put drop bars on it. I dont have the model of my shifters but would it be OK to put a drop bar on a mtn bike and use the mtn bike shifters?

Another question I am running a 8 gears on the mtn bike and was wondering if I put a set of sora shifters if it would work. Or would I have to change the derailers. If the possibly would work with my current derailers I can look and see exactly what they are.

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Old 06-09-05, 07:28 PM
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With some rare exceptions, mountain bars are 7/8" diameter with a 25.4 mm clamp area. Road bars are 15/16" diameter with a 26mm clamp area. You can use drops and Sora Brifters if you switch to a road stem. You can't use your mountain shifters unless they are the old fashioned type with a bendy clamp.
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Old 06-09-05, 07:33 PM
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consider bar ends and narrower 26" tires- cheaper and easier than new bars
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Old 06-09-05, 08:18 PM
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Also, most linear pull, or v-brakes, need more cable pulled then road brakes do. So you will need to switch to cantilver brakes or use an Avid Travel Agent.
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Two threads you might want to look at:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...alternate+bard

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...t=drop+bar+end
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Originally Posted by lmzimmer
consider bar ends and narrower 26" tires- cheaper and easier than new bars
Agreed, and most practical.

But as mentioned, you'll most likely run into some compatability issues when switching to drops. I've done a couple of conversions myself.
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