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Old 04-26-13, 11:24 PM
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alternative bars - Salsa woodchipper

Hello all,'

I've tried the search function, i've done google a gazillion tiimes, but haven't gotten the info i need. Further, i know my bike is a Hybrid and not an MTB, but i've got a question regarding MTB bars, so figured this would be the best place.

I've recently got a new bike, a Stevens 5x lite disc, and use it for commuting. before i used a Singlespeed "track" bike with drop handlebars and i really like the drop bars. Would like to get them for the Stevens as well, however i do not want to change the controls on the bike. I dont like road shifters/ brakes. Tried it and just does not feel right for me. And the straight bar that is on the Stevens does not feel comfy for me. It is ok for my commute, but on longer rides (60+ miles / 100+ km's) i think i would be in pain.


Shimano Alivio SL-M430 shifters
Tektro Draco 2.5 finger brakes

I am considering 3 options at this point.
Origing8 Drop bar ends
Misfit Psycles FME bar
Salsa Woodchipper.

The first two i know would work, but the drop bar ends i find least attractive visually, however, function over form if neccesary, so ok.
The FME bar is fine in the looks department, and would be an improvement over the straight bar, however, less hand options as a drop bar.
The salsa woodchipper would look good, and give met the best hand positions (i think).

However, i haven't seen one used with MTB controls before, all the bikes had road control conversions. Not going to happen for me.

On pictures is do see the straight drop part of the woodchipper is fairly long. Perhaps long enough for my MTB controls and still room for my hands?

So the real question: Could somebody with the woodchippers post the measurements of the woodchipper straight part of the drops. Length and diameter.

Other thing i considered, an (off)road drop bar with enough room to mount the controls on the top straight part.
Or, mount the brakes on the drops of the woodchipper and the shifters on the top straight part. Would be ok.

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Old 04-27-13, 02:49 AM
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The Woodchippers have a 23.8 mm diameter and take road brake levers and barends or brifters; your current brake levers and shifters have 22.2 mm clamps and so won't fit.

I've used the drop barends. They were okay but not great. I found my forearms touched/hit the clamp when in the drops. Also, the bolt head protruded, which got in the way; I was able to replace them with ones with shallower heads.
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Thanks for the info.

so the woodchipper is probably a no. The bar ends are my last option.
How about
misfit fmu?
Aheane map?
soma clarence upsidedown?

i want the drop bar most of all for the more aero position. Lots of wind in the netherlands and often it's a headwind. I also find beeing in the drops the most comfy position. if i would have a drop bar with the controls on the drops, i would be in the drops for 99% of the time, as with the singlespeed road bike i have.

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Search the MTBR.com website. I think you might be able to find info there. But, I think all the drop bars take road brake levers and shifters. Your best bet is getting an Alt bar, so that you don't need to buy new brakes or shifters.
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