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Old 12-23-08, 03:25 PM   #1
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Anyone Use Origin8 Drop Bar Ends?

Looking for impressions of these from those who have tried them.

Thinking of getting a pair for a bike that cannot readily be converted to drop bars due to using hydraulic disc brakes and a Rohloff gear hub with MTB bar only diameter Rohloff shifter.
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I've used drop bar ends...they're fine for long stretches where brakes aren't needed. The downside i saw was how far the drops are from the brakes.

Since you have invested in a Rohloff, I'm assuming you're pretty into cycling. Why not just get a road bike? One bike is never enough...
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I've used them for 2 tours on my Rohloff touring bike. The first time I hardly used them because when you have your hands in the drops, they're too far from the brake levers and that made me uncomfortable. The next tour I mounted some road brake levers to them (needed a shim b/c the bar diameter is still mtb width), sort of making my own drop bars. It worked, however it's not ideal. It's uncomfortable to rest your hands where the bar ends clamp on the flat bar. I guess you can put lots of padding there and make it work, but I would just skip that spot and my hands would hop from the tops to the sides. Secondly when you have your hands in the drops, you'll need to bend your elbows a bit so the clamp doesn't hit your forearm. That's not a big problem tho.

Overall it works and it's the best method i've found yet. I've tried this shifter:
It's neat how the brake cable can pass thru the shifter, but it has no bearings like the standard Rohloff shifter and it was too hard to twist, about the same effort of the sram rear derailleur twist shifter, and on a long ride my carpel tunnel would feel strained.

I just ordered the Utopia 'splittable' touring drop bars from Germany, I'm hoping to get them in January to try them out. (ignore the German, just scroll down a bit and you'll see a pic)

Good luck,

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Old 12-24-08, 12:51 AM   #4
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The big problem with mounting drop bars in my case would be the hydraulic disc brakes. No one yet makes road levers for hydraulic disc brakes that I am aware of. I suppose that I could switch to Aztec BB7 road cable operated disc calipers and drop levers but I also like the flat bar for in town use. Looking for varied hand positions capability.

The bike is a Civia Hyland Rohloff. The frame geometry is basically sports touring according to the info given in Berto's Upgrading Your Bike book. A fun ride which I am just trying to increase the versatility of.


I have other bikes including an approximately 83 Colnago Super Record judging from crankset date. Also in the process of doing a drop bar gear hub bike with the SRAM P5 5 speed gear hub too. That one currently is set up with an older Sachs 3 speed hub.
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Reviving old thread...

I just stumbled on to this today: Product Description | Origin8

Found this picture of the bar ends mounted:

I'm interested, but I'm not sure why.... Anybody want to weigh in?
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I have a pair and I used them for one long weekend ride before removing them. They seem like a quality product, but I didn't like that strange lump in the drops, right where my palms were, and I missed the hoods position. They were also really far apart - much wider than a typical drop bar.

Also, your hands in the drops are a long way from the brakes, if you have typical mountain bike brakes on a straight bar.

So, for me, they weren't the ideal solution. A Midge bar with road bike brake levers was.

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I used the Origin 8s on a Specialized Sirrus Hybrid. Had to address the issues previously mentioned. I found the spacing much too wide so I cut off several inches off each end of the original handlebars. The brake lever position is a problem since they're a long ways off when you're in the drops. I fitted a pair of Tektro road brake levers that were compatible with the V-Brakes on the Sirrus. Much safer and quite comfortable riding on the hoods. Also turned the stem over to lower the bars. All in all a decent, cheap solution to make a hybrid more like a road bike but I finally just moved on to a real road bike.

The brake lever issue remains for the OP with the hydraulic discs. Significant issue getting from the drops to the brakes in a panic stop situation.
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Tektro Hylex are hydraulic brakes for drop bars, without integrated shifters. Gevenalle makes a version with various thumb shifters mounted on the front.

With one of these solutions to shift a Rohloff, you could totally use drop bars with your setup. I'm a big fan of the new Salsa Cowchipper bars.
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I have two pair and love them. You'll want to trim your handlebars down. If not, when you are in the drops, they are too wide. You will have to move your brakes and shifters more to the center as well. Some folks mentioned the brakes not being close enough when using the drops with the drop bar ends. There are plenty of hand positions you can assume on a normal drop bar road bike that will have your hands out of reach of the brakes. I wanted my brakes and shifters on the flats since the bikes I have them on are more commuter oriented. I really like having the controls on the flats when I am riding in city traffic. Being upright allows me to see over most traffic. With the bar ends canted up slightly, you have a very "hood like" hand position. I can reach my brake levers with my index fingers in the "hoods" position and with your hydraulic brakes that should give you ample stopping oomph. I have thick foam padding on mine, so that helps with hand and wrist fatigue over long distances. I highly recommend them. Worst case scenario is you are out $20.
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The corner at the end of the bar having that clamp there on the end removes a comfortable hand position of a proper drop bar. ..


The Forward bend of fig 8 bend trekking bars offer the down in the drops lower torso into the headwind posture , for my needs.

those bars from the Asian sourcing distributors are barely more than $20

[Euro/ Italian companies will be More]

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Is the outer diameter of the Origin8 drop ends 22.2 like a mountain bike handlebar or are they 23.8 like a road drop bar?
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I used the Origin8 drop bar ends a few years ago and experienced every issue others have mentioned. I do seem to recall mounting Tektro R520 road v-brake levers on them without clamping issues before going full-on drop bar.

Drop bar ends are something that could be a fantastic product but as far as I know Origin8 is the only attempt out there and it has not been challenged by anyone else nor improved by Origin8.
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As I recall, it was either Scott or Profile that came up with that design, in the late 1980s, but the bars were meant to be used on road bikes in mass-start races as a USCF-legal alternative to aero bars. The add-on drops were mounted about 6 inches or so apart so that you'd get at least some aerodynamic benefit.

Only a couple of the guys that I raced with tried those bar add-ons, and they stopped using them pretty quickly, either because they didn't help much or because they looked strange.

You might want to try using them on your flat bar inboard of the shifters and brake levers, the way they were designed to be used on drop bars. Myself, I use aero bars on my flat-bar bikes for their (to me) obvious advantages.
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