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Old 09-05-19, 02:52 PM
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Surly LHT Flat Bar Conversion Suggestions

I'm thinking about doing a flat bar conversion on my Surly LHT and I was hoping someone could give me some feedback/suggestions on the idea. The reach is a little long so I was thinking with flat bars it might end up perfect. My stem right now has a 25.4 clamp size, so unless I swap it I'm restricted to that.

Here's my idea:
Handlebars: Velo Postino (Open to other suggestions. I also liked the idea of Salsa Bend but they don't fit my stem.)
https://velo-orange.com/products/vo-...ndlebar-22-2mm

Brake Levers: Alivio BL-T4000 (V-brakes)
https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/produ.../BL-T4000.html

Shifter: Suntour Power Ratchet Thumb Shifter? I hear these work great and are compatible with everything. I'm currently running downtube friction shifters and the only thing I'd change is the positioning because I commute through traffic with lots of elevation changes. I've also looked at modern friction/indexed ones by Sunrace.

I don't have much opportunity to test gear in my area, so I'm kinda shooting from the hip.
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Other than double checking the brake levers are the correct pull for your brakes, seems like your options would work fine.
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Originally Posted by frankenmike
Other than double checking the brake levers are the correct pull for your brakes, seems like your options would work fine.
Thanks for the confirmation!
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Stems are so inexpensive I would buy whatever stem fits your ideal handlebar. You can buy them used on eBay for under $10
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Any recommendations on thumb shifters? Should I go with the Suntour Power Ratchet ones? I've seen them anywhere from $40 used to $90 NOS.

I'm running a Shimano 9 speed triple. I'm open to other types too like the trigger type ones though I don't have much experience with them.
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Originally Posted by G_I_B_B_O_N
I'm thinking about doing a flat bar conversion on my Surly LHT and I was hoping someone could give me some feedback/suggestions on the idea. The reach is a little long so I was thinking with flat bars it might end up perfect. My stem right now has a 25.4 clamp size, so unless I swap it I'm restricted to that.

Here's my idea:
Handlebars: Velo Postino (Open to other suggestions. I also liked the idea of Salsa Bend but they don't fit my stem.)
https://velo-orange.com/products/vo-...ndlebar-22-2mm

Brake Levers: Alivio BL-T4000 (V-brakes)
https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/produ.../BL-T4000.html

Shifter: Suntour Power Ratchet Thumb Shifter? I hear these work great and are compatible with everything. I'm currently running downtube friction shifters and the only thing I'd change is the positioning because I commute through traffic with lots of elevation changes. I've also looked at modern friction/indexed ones by Sunrace.

I don't have much opportunity to test gear in my area, so I'm kinda shooting from the hip.
I have the Postino bars and Milan bars. I like the Milan better, less back-sweep, and has some rise to them.
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Originally Posted by trailangel
I have the Postino bars and Milan bars. I like the Milan better, less back-sweep, and has some rise to them.
Good to know. Yeah I've been looking at, and leaning toward the Milan bars now for the same reason. How do they feel for fast city riding and climbing out of the saddle?

It sounds like I can cut them down a bit too, which might be appealing.
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I'm also looking at these shifters as an option to the thumb shifters. Any opinions?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01415UTHS...v_ov_lig_dp_it
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I thought not wide enough!
Upright I can see better in traffic. Top speed over forty on downhill. Standing no problem.
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Originally Posted by trailangel
I thought not wide enough!
Upright I can see better in traffic. Top speed over forty on downhill. Standing no problem.
Good to hear. Thanks for the help.
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