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Old 11-18-21, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
How do they feel? I have a pair, but haven't mounted them yet. I pulled them out of the packaging and they seemed a bit plastick-y
I'm very pleased with them. There is a non-drilled version that may be slightly different (but I doubt it). They are solidly built and very smooth. They fit my hands well and the odd lever bulge is in the perfect spot for a bit of extra leverage when braking while on the hoods. Pair well with the 987s at least...

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Old 11-18-21, 02:49 PM
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May I ask a question?

When you do a drop bar conversion, how do you handle the V brake cable pull? I have read that the STI levers used with the drop bars do not pull enough cable to activate the V brakes versus a road bike center mount caliper type rim brake. I converted my vintage Peugeot from down tube shifting to MicroShift levers, but the brakes were a non-issue. I would love to convert my hybrid to drop bar, but the brakes are holding me back. Thanks for any info!
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Old 11-18-21, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by lhill View Post
When you do a drop bar conversion, how do you handle the V brake cable pull? I have read that the STI levers used with the drop bars do not pull enough cable to activate the V brakes versus a road bike center mount caliper type rim brake. I converted my vintage Peugeot from down tube shifting to MicroShift levers, but the brakes were a non-issue. I would love to convert my hybrid to drop bar, but the brakes are holding me back. Thanks for any info!
I used cantilever brakes on my Trek 950 pictured above, they work great. I hear you can get an add-on to V brakes that will provide the leverage needed. I think there's actually some info further up in this thread about it...
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Old 11-22-21, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by lhill View Post
When you do a drop bar conversion, how do you handle the V brake cable pull? I have read that the STI levers used with the drop bars do not pull enough cable to activate the V brakes versus a road bike center mount caliper type rim brake. I converted my vintage Peugeot from down tube shifting to MicroShift levers, but the brakes were a non-issue. I would love to convert my hybrid to drop bar, but the brakes are holding me back. Thanks for any info!
+1 All the things SpudBoi said.

Also, there are linear-pull (V-brake) road levers available, though they're not common. I have Tektro RL520 levers on my old Univega, and they work great.
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Old 11-24-21, 03:58 AM
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Originally Posted by MH20 View Post
I have loved this concept since I first saw ...
Exactly what inspired me in a german mtb forum! Currently rethinking my 1995 scott vantage 2.0. Its 1x8 by using a 9 speed xt shifter. That makes a little trouble when u don't shift correctly. What i need is a new 9 speed freehub or even new wheels like the mavic crossride 26 UB. Hopefully santa wont forget me this year.

Moreover these maxxis crossmark look good but feel like glue on the street. Which ones Do you think i should take? Conti speed king or Conti Grand Prix? I really want it as fast as possible.

It's bit small so a drop bar would make it even more uncomfortable for me. But damn that would look amazing.

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Old 11-24-21, 05:30 AM
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Currently rethinking my 1995 scott vantage 2.0. Its 1x8 by using a 9 speed xt shifter.
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Old 11-24-21, 06:22 AM
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
How do they feel? I have a pair, but haven't mounted them yet. I pulled them out of the packaging and they seemed a bit plastick-y
Iíve tried out the RRLs recently on my SS road bike.

The positives were that they gave me several good semi-aero options, and worked very well for those positions.

The negatives are that they ended up giving a longer reach in a more standard hood position than I wanted for a given bar reach and that they didnít suit my hands as well for riding out of the saddle. That latter thing is key for SS.

So, oddly enough, Iím back to using non-aero levers from an old Schwinn, since they give the right reach and really suit my hands for riding out of the saddle. YMMV. Some people really like the RRLs.

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Originally Posted by Byebyebayern View Post
Moreover these maxxis crossmark look good but feel like glue on the street. Which ones Do you think i should take? Conti speed king or Conti Grand Prix? I really want it as fast as possible.

It's bit small so a drop bar would make it even more uncomfortable for me. But damn that would look amazing.
Personally, Iíd go with Speed King. Your bike was designed for roughly 2Ē wide tires and the handling will be different with skinny tires.

I have a RockHopper that is running a Speed King in back and a Race King in front (for stability in loose or soft conditions) and they are about as fast as you can get.

If you are a glutton for punishment, you can use the RH Rat Trap Pass, but be prepared for an ordeal any time you need to install or remove a tire. My Speed King, in contrast, comes off without tire levers.

As far as bars go, I ran the RockHopper with drops for a few years but it always seemed to handle sluggishly and then when I switched to single speed I really noticed my leverage wanting when riding out of the saddle.

For the last year and a bit, Iíve been running it with a long stem (150mm) and North Road style touring bars. I have them set down about 2 to 3 inches below the saddle, and it really works out great for riding on roads and smooth trails.






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Old 11-25-21, 09:42 AM
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Some great looking bikes

I done a budget conversion of an old steel mtb to a single speed with bullhorns earlier this year, but decided I'd prefer to have a drop bar. Internet searches on drop bar mtb's landed me on around page 170 of this thread and I've spent the last few weeks reading and looking at all the nice conversions and finally made it to the end!

I had a set of Shimano Claris brifters but wasn't sure if they would work with my brakes. The info in this thread helped me determine that they would as I have cantilevers.

The bike is now built up, just waiting on some cheap 26x1.95 tyres to arrive.

I'll ride it a bit as a single speed drop bar, but will probably put gears on.

Info on here says that my 8 speed claris brifters should work with an 8 speed lx rear derailleur? I still have the triple chainset up front but will probably just use the big ring and leave it as 8 speed.

Will post some pics when I get my 10 posts.
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