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Old 11-30-05, 11:19 PM
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Road bar conversion advice

I have a Trek FX7700 that I would like to replace the flat bar with a rod (drop) bar. The bike has V-brakes with separate brake levers and trigger shifters. Can these be slid around and mounted on the top of a road bar in the similar position they are mounted on the flat bar? I would also install “Stoker Levers” for more hand positions. Any Pros/Cons to doing this?
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Old 11-30-05, 11:57 PM
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I have the shifters on the round part of the bars. Did a similar conversion that you plan, but I rather ride on the drops, shift and brake. I have rather big hands and i can reach the brakes and shifters from the top as well ... with my fingertips.

Slide, wedge, massage, convince, curse, and they will fit
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Old 12-01-05, 12:15 AM
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Better yet, buy a set of 105 STI levers and a couple Travel Agents for the brakes and do it up right. I have the same bike and did it that way.
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Travel agents, Bleah never could get those stupid things to pull enough cable.
Went back to good old Cantis and some bar end shifters. I know the OP is trying to save
money, but hanging mtb hardware on a road bike is an annoying and temporary setup.
Bar end shifters and cantis are bomb proof. But that's just my opinion.

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Originally Posted by Treespeed
Travel agents, Bleah never could get those stupid things to pull enough cable.
Went back to good old Cantis and some bar end shifters. I know the OP is trying to save
money, but hanging mtb hardware on a road bike is an annoying and temporary setup.
Bar end shifters and cantis are bomb proof. But that's just my opinion.

Good luck.

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Or you could go with the Dia-compe 287V road levers that pull enough cable to operate V brakes. Lots of power and modulation. Forget travel agents.

Go with barend shifters, they're awesome. You could also mount barends on aero bars.
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Originally Posted by Treespeed
Travel agents, Bleah never could get those stupid things to pull enough cable.
Went back to good old Cantis and some bar end shifters. I know the OP is trying to save
money, but hanging mtb hardware on a road bike is an annoying and temporary setup.
Bar end shifters and cantis are bomb proof. But that's just my opinion.

Good luck.

-Marcus
You're not installing them correctly. They work perfectly.
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Old 12-02-05, 05:42 AM
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You can keep your flat-bar controls if you use a treking style butterfly bar.
Or you could fit some aerobars to your flat bars.
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