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Old 06-17-07, 11:30 AM
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Road bars on MTB(ish)??

So... I have a Cannondale BadBoy and I want to put road bars on it because I thoroughly hate straight bars like those on this and other MTB style bikes; it's a comfort thing, I guess. I ride this bike mostly on hardpack trails, fire-roads, and paved roads.

My problem is this; I bough a cheap (inexpensive) set of roadbars from Nashbar and though they fit fine on the stem/neck, the brake and shift levers don't fit on the bars.

This is due to the bars having a diameter of 34mm while the clamps on the components are 32mm. I dont want to grind out the clamps, so are there road bars out there that are only 32mm??

Thanks in advance!
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Get some road brake levers and some bar end shifters.
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Old 06-17-07, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirtdrop
Get some road brake levers and some bar end shifters.
I was hoping to avoid swapping out perfectly good levers/shifters.
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Originally Posted by Dirtdrop
Get some road brake levers and some bar end shifters.
The road brakelevers don't have the correct mechanical gain that is needed for V-brakes. It will somewhat work, but won't give good braking power.
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I've been wanting to do the same thing with a Specialized hard rock cruz I found recently. So is there no
solution to this with V brakes. What about some of those add on "effort modifiers"? Sorry I don't know their
real name, lol.,,,,BD
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I've been wanting to do the same thing with a Specialized hard rock cruz I found recently. So is there no
solution to this with V brakes. What about some of those add on "effort modifiers"? Sorry I don't know their
real name, lol.,,,,BD
They are called "Travel Agents".
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Thanks! Are these still available? I know they're somewhat homely, but if gets the job done?,,,,BD
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What about a bar that's not fully drop? Mustache? On one midge? Might have the right bar diameter.
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Steel drop-bars from older bikes are smaller diameter. But there is no ergonomically good place to put flat-bar levers on drop bars. Levers intended for drop bars work with the curvature of the bars.

Dia-compe 287-v levers work with v brakes.

I am with Dirtdrop. Buy the right parts to work. Save your old stuff for the next project.
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old steelies sound good and give the strength for this off-roader...

...and I am running Disc brakes on this, not V-brakes,


Thanks to all for the reply
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Originally Posted by Astroluc
old steelies sound good and give the strength for this off-roader...
Buy the correct parts.

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...and I am running Disc brakes on this, not V-brakes,
Mechanical discs use the same levers as V-brakes. Travel Agent or Dia Compe levers are your only solution. Good luck

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As above: you'll need the 287 V levers or Travel Agents, plus shifters.
I set up a flat-bar Miyata with drops to run on paper company roads up here, and went with the Dia-Compe levers and down tube shifters on Kelly Take-Off mounts. Works great.
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