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Old 04-10-20, 10:37 AM
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Drop Bar Ends On Roam 2 Disc?

I want to upgrade from a 35 year old road bike that destroys me on hills. I would LIKE to incorporate some trails and exercise is my main goal. Perfect world is I drop $2,000 on two bikes, but my teacher salary doesn't allow lol.

Has anyone ever used Origin8 Drop ends on a Roam 2 Disc? I'd like to do a 30-40 mile ride on the road but never owned a straight bar bike. The Roam 2 seems like so much bike for the money. It is either this or double the price (I may) and get a gravel bike with drop bars and less versatility. Are 40 mile rides reasonable on a bike like this? I worry about the brakes not being on the bars but I am sure I will adapt.

Sorry for my ignorance on the sport, I am trying to learn.
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Old 04-10-20, 12:21 PM
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IMHO, don't think you'll enjoy riding the Roam 2 for 30-40 miles on the road. That's a ride better suited to a drop bar road bike or perhaps a "fitness bike", such as a Trek FX or Giant Fastroad, or a hybrid. When you say some riding may be on trails--what % of your riding, and what type of trails--rail-trails, mild hard pack, or rock, roots, with drops, etc. If mild trails, then you might find a gravel bike or hybrid which will accept "wider" tires may suit your needs. More responses will most likely follow when you provide a description of trails you intend to ride, and how often.

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Old 04-10-20, 12:47 PM
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Thanks for your opinion. Honestly, I am open for whatever. I just want to burn calories, get outside, and have some fun. Up to this point, I have been strictly on road but trails seemed like a draw if a new bike allowed. The old Mangusta 5000 was just brutal on hills around here. I was literally passed by senior women on hills.

It is hard when you cannot test drive these things (not in my area) so I value your opinion. I could just suck up the hills and use the Giant for trails. Any advice helps, I thank you.

Edit: Why the FX? It seems similar but minus the front suspension. Straight handle bars as well. Weight?

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Old 04-10-20, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by paulriccio View Post
Thanks for your opinion. Honestly, I am open for whatever. I just want to burn calories, get outside, and have some fun. Up to this point, I have been strictly on road but trails seemed like a draw if a new bike allowed. The old Mangusta 5000 was just brutal on hills around here. I was literally passed by senior women on hills.

It is hard when you cannot test drive these things (not in my area) so I value your opinion. I could just suck up the hills and use the Giant for trails. Any advice helps, I thank you.

Edit: Why the FX? It seems similar but minus the front suspension. Straight handle bars as well. Weight?
I agree the Giant Roam seems like a poor choice for 30 or 40 mile road rides. It seems to me you are better suited going with a drop bar bike with clearance for somewhat wider tires than a standard road bike. There are so many drop bar bikes these days in the Gravel or Light Touring/Adventure category. When I was shopping for new bikes 8 years ago, it was a niche occupied by brands like Surly, and its QPB sister company Salsa. And I bought the now discontinued Salsa Casserol. These days, Giant, Trek, Specialized and Cannondale, and pretty much ever major bike brand has one of these in their catalog. Giant used to have the AnyRoad, but now they have the Toughroad, Trek makes the Checkpoint. Specialized, the Diverge. And Kona makes the Rove. And Jamis makes the Renegade.
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Old 04-10-20, 07:00 PM
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Curious with your Mangusta 5000, do you ever use the drops on your handlebars? If you do, then look for a teachers salary affordable gravel bike. Yes, there are affordable gravel bikes and road bikes that could have larger tires put on em to become gravel bikes. If you do like using the drops, then ignore the rest of my post below.

If you don't use the drops, and only use the top of the bar or the hoods, then why do you want Origin8 Drop ends? Reason I ask, is there are many people including myself whom own Hybrids like the Roam, Crosstrail, Sub Cross, Trek DS's, FX, Sirrus, and so forth that do ride 30 to 60 mile rides in a given day, me included. Now granted, I'm not worried about speed and I typically only ride trails, like the C&O canal and Great Allegheny Rail trail to name a few. Many people use these bikes and even mountain bikes to go on long distance trips, like 340 miles from Pittsburgh to DC. But if you are going to ride primarily pavement, there are many great flat bar choices out there like the Specialized Sirrus, Trek FX, Giant Fastroad just to name a few.

But, since I myself would never use the drop part of the drop bar bike, I like flat bars for several reasons:

1. Easily Customize to your needs. You can purchase a variety of bar ends that fit your needs and comfort, I personally like the Ergon GP-5's. You can even replace the handle bars easier with different rise to the bars bars and can customize to make it shorter or leave it as long as it comes when purchased. You can even easily fit a jones bar on these bikes.

2. Parts are easier to change out on the flat bar, easier to upgrade and more affordable. If you want to upgrade the brakes just for an example. You don't have to worry about spending too large of an amount of money and time on changing expensive brifters that match whatever brakes and drivetrain you have. You can change the brakes on a flat bar without changing your shifters.

3. I like a bit more upright position since I really enjoy being able to view the area I'm riding through. The scenery I ride through is not something I care to miss. I'm not worried about going faster than 12mph, unless going down hill which the bikes are stable due to a wider bar.

4. I like having a wider handle bar, since for me, I have an easier time breathing properly, where as a smaller handlebar like many drop bars, are confining to me.

Now there are certainly great reasons to purchase a drop bar bike, for aerodynamics, speed, some great touring bikes, joining bike clubs and so forth.

I guess my point is, every bike has it's good and bad points depending on a riders perspective.

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Old 04-10-20, 07:15 PM
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I agree with most of the others here. Though this isn't true of all people, I find that many people either like drop bars or they don't. If you know you do, and you're already used to them and like the concept, then a true drop bar bike may be the best choice. You can still get the riding position upright with stem and even bar choice (some drop bars actually rise up for a more comfortable position). Using drop bar ends on the Roam probably won't be ideal for a few reasons:
  1. You don't get the drop bar feel or versatility with drop bar ends. What I mean by that is you don't have hoods to ride on, and the corners are not comfortable because of the hardware to connect to the flat bar. You can't reach the brake or shift levers from the "hoods" position (which doesn't really exist anyway) or from the "drops" position, which could be a dangerous situation if you need the brakes right now.
  2. The geometry of drop bar bikes will often include a shorter effective top tube to account for the longer reach of the drop bar riding positions. You may find the Roam's riding position to not be all that comfortable if you have to reach forward to a drop position without also significantly shortening the stem, which could have other side effects (a different/weird feel to the steering, etc.).
I have a Roam (a 2018 Roam 2), and it's definitely good for rides of the length you're considering. I don't ride it too much because I bought it like a half size too large (should have bought medium rather than large) and another bike that I've "hybridized" has sort of taken its place as my "daily driver" bike. I don't prefer drop bars for many of the same reasons that travbikeman noted above. I do think that, if I were looking for a bike with drop bars, I'd probably pass the Roam and buy one with that style of bar from the factory.
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Old 04-10-20, 07:48 PM
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Thank you for the thoughtful reply. I am new to this and all I ever rode was a drop bar. I talked with a few bike shop owners and they said they didn't think the straight bars would be great for longer rides. I can get used to anything and just wanted to hear from people that have done longer rides with a bike like this.

I was leaning towards the Roam 2 because it is a lot of bike for the money and I feel like the front suspension will be a lot of fun on trails, something I am new to. I just thought the drop bars were more for open riding on the road and might make it more comfy. The problem is my limited experience and too many hobbies lol. If I could shed a few hobbies I could get two bikes.

Thank you for your thoughtful reply. It helps that you have been on some long rides. I live in CT near the NY border and the hills are a ***** on the Mangusta. 30 miles is a good ride for me.
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Old 04-10-20, 07:53 PM
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So many respectful and thoughtful replies. Thank you for the time you took. Yeah, I am used to drop bars because it is all I ever owned and I did use it to bear down and ride for speed. I know that with practice I can get used to anything so I am willing to put in the work. I heard from a few bike shop owners that I may be unhappy with those bars on longer rides. I like the Roam because it is a lot of bike for the money, HUGE upgrade from what I got, and I think the front suspension may be fun and allow more versatile trails. The GP-5 looks cool!

I am new and just trying to not do things wrong and look like a moron! (JK) Knowing some people use it for longer rides and are cool with it helps a lot.

Thank you for all the time you took. I appreciate it so much. Stay safe out there.

Paul
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