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Old 04-21-20, 07:55 AM
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Looking for bar recs

Iím getting ready to build a bike for my wife out of parts I have laying around. She has requested flat bars...which I donít have, neither do I have flat bar shifters...so this request will increase the cost of the build and Iíd like to stay away from that if possible. I have a set of sora road style brifters that I would like to be able to use.
SO...is there a flat bar that would allow these to be used OR is there a drop bar with an EXTREMELY short reach that would make her feel like itís flat bar esque reach, but allow me to build it with the shifters I have already?
Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 04-21-20, 08:16 AM
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This is basically what I did recently with a wide (46cm) set of Salsa Woodchippers. I think any bars would work, the key is to get them really wide. You could also add cross top levers for braking while on top of the bars.
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My advice is that if your wife has said she wants a flat bar, get her a flat bar. Sounds like you will be spending money on components either way.

I did a flat bar conversion for my wife. Microshift flat bat shifters were ~$55. Short pull shimano brake levers were ~$20. More flat bars than you can shake a stick at for under $40. I found a perfect size/sweep one for $20.

Another option is to use the brifters on a flat bar. Any one should work... sort of. The handlebar diameter of drop bars is wider than for flat bars, so you should be able to use some sort of shim to make it work. Shifting might be a tad awkward, but it should work.

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Old 04-21-20, 06:26 PM
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Do not waste your time trying to make brifters work on a flat bar; she will hate it. Remember, if you are building on a drop bar frame that it has quite a bit shorter reach than a similarly sized flat bar frame so you will have to do a lot of head scratching to figure out the right stem angle and length to make it work out comfortably. There are a LOT of good gravel drop bars with short & shallow reach, Ritchey offers some great ones. With the higher drop bar position of a proper gravel fit she may find that she likes drops actually. I converted my wife to drops this way; just have to get the drops near level with the seat.
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Old 04-21-20, 06:59 PM
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I have a Dajia Far Bar and it's very short reach. Works with road bike controls.
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Those drop bar Woodchippers are the shortest reach I've come across so far: 56mm.

Pretty wide flare though.
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Old 04-22-20, 06:48 AM
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Not that I recommend a drop bar, but if the OP does decide to force one on his wife and wants a short reach, he can also just use a short stem..
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Check out the Soma Condor. From my understanding, it was designed to keep the reach (and drop) manageable for folks that want a drop bar on a frame with flat bar geometry.
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Thank you for the input, guys. I ended up finding a good enough deal on flat bar shifters that it actually SAVED money on the build vs even using the brifters I had already and buying drop bars!
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Originally Posted by wheelsmcgee View Post
Check out the Soma Condor. From my understanding, it was designed to keep the reach (and drop) manageable for folks that want a drop bar on a frame with flat bar geometry.
That would have been a fantastic solution! Iíll keep that in mind if she wants drop bars later!
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