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View Poll Results: Your Drop
Even
6
4.48%
1-2"
21
15.67%
2-3"
36
26.87%
3-4"
27
20.15%
4-5"
23
17.16%
5-6"
11
8.21%
6-7"
4
2.99%
7-8"
2
1.49%
8-9"
0
0%
9+"
4
2.99%
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How much is your drop?

Old 02-09-08, 06:59 PM
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How much is your drop?

Just wondering how much drop from top of seat to top of handlebars BF riders have. Is it true that the more drop the more areo the rider would be, but this may sacrifice "comfort" for longer type rides for us mortals?
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Originally Posted by c_bake
Just wondering how much drop from top of seat to of handlebars BF riders have. Is it true that the more drop the more areo the rider would be, but this may sacrifice "comfort" for longer type rides for us mortals?
To what part of the handlebars?
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Originally Posted by LowCel
To what part of the handlebars?
To the top part where the stem would clamp around.
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I've only got 4" of drop.
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maybe i should get a custom steel bike. I have long legs, and a short torso -- meaning I have a bike with a short top tube and a LOT of seatpost. I've got years of flexibility in me, but I can't ride in the drops for more than about 30 minutes before I am uncomfortable (hands start to numb up usually). A little time on top, and I'm ready to go again, and I do like the aero benefit.
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13 cm on my TT bike, only about 8.5cm on the roadie. TT drop is measured to the top of the elbow pads.
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You don't have my situation in your poll. I've got about a 0.5" rise ... handlebars higher than saddle.
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3-4" on my tarmac. 4-5" on my fixed gear. 1" on my mountain bike.
I voted for the tarmac.
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Originally Posted by kudude
maybe i should get a custom steel bike. I have long legs, and a short torso -- meaning I have a bike with a short top tube and a LOT of seatpost. I've got years of flexibility in me, but I can't ride in the drops for more than about 30 minutes before I am uncomfortable (hands start to numb up usually). A little time on top, and I'm ready to go again, and I do like the aero benefit.
A larger frame (even with a longer top tube) will get the bars higher and may end up having a shorter overall reach to the bars.
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That is a rather personal question. Only my wife knows for sure.
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5" drop, but it took me 3 months of stretching to get comfortable on it. Now I can ride in the drops indefinitely.
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I had 3-4 inches, but I got a longer stem flipped up and it's almost even now. It's much more comfortable.

I'm only 18 and flexible but I started having back pain riding for longer distances and given my family's history of back pain, I'd rather not take any chances till I'm really comfortable.
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how much? generally, i get dropped on every other ride.
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12 cm, I guess that's almost 5".
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a little over 4"
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Old 02-09-08, 11:17 PM
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Mine drops to my knees, baby.



Oh... yeah, um saddle to bar height = 5"
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I think its about 3". It has a tall headtube, but I have no spacers and an 84 degree stem.

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The more drop you have, the harder it will be to breathe.
I got lost in the BF mentality of "the more drop, the better", but my new coach suggested that I go with less drop to maximize breathing efficiency and I haven't looked back and probably never will. The only place that more drop is good is in TT's and track.
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Well thats not always true Crimson and more drop isnt the always the best either. It will depend on both rider and style. If all I did was race crits then the lower/aero/aggressive cornering position would be better. If I did lots of climbing then I would most likley run less drop. I have about 5-6" of drop depending on where I have my saddle and bars(I change then throughout the season) and I dont loose power or cut off air in the drops.
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Main thing to do is get the bike comfortable for you. When I changed to road bikes from MTB's- I raised the bars till they were level with the saddle. Rode like that for a year but next bike was racing geometry and the bars were 4" below the saddle. No spacers and flipped the stem to raise the bars to 3" below the saddle. Initially was not good on the back but within 3 months- I was flipping the stem down again.

Then another new bike and the LBS left the stem uncut and put spacers to raise the bars. Still sorting this bike but the bars are too high- Except I now ride in the drops and not on the hoods.

Have your bars wherever they feel comfortable- It is you riding it and no-one else.
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On my pure road bike, I have 8 cm (~3.2").
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10cm on the road bike, 20cm (!) on the TT bike
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Originally Posted by prendrefeu
Mine drops to my knees, baby.


Having such an incredibly short femur must make cycling tough.
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