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Saddle-to-bar drop : Going beyond the frame's limitations

Old 09-15-10, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird View Post
i completely understand putting a spacer on top of the stem as to not clamp on the end of the tube. with a material like carbon fiber it just makes sense.

technically, i can see where having one underneath the stem reduces a stress point, but if that is how close these forks are designed to failure, i will stick with my aluminum steerer. finishing behind is better than not finishing.

personally, if i were a professional that was looking to add weight to a bike under the limit, my first requests would be aluminum bars and an aluminum steerer.
most already have that set up, along with aluminum stems (see the canyon bike above)

as for forks, carbon forks have performed well, and aluminum forks are known to fail, too (Hincapie crash during paris roubaix). though really, it's just that trek makes crappy stuff these days & try to shift all the blame to "improper setup" in order to shift the blame
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Old 09-16-10, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Triguy View Post
It's not bar drop, but going from an ergo bar with the hoods mounted higher up, to a more traditional bend bar with a more traditional hoods placement is worth ~1.5cm of drop.

OR use your drops more!
here's a good example of this. i switched from ritchey wcs logic 2 to a ritchey wcs classic. for the wcs logic (ergo), the shifters had to be angled way high so that i could grab them in the curved section of the drops. unless i'm going OTF in a race, this is where i have to set up in the drops as i need to be able to grab the brake quickly

with the wcs classic, the shifters moved down as the curved section is now quite a bit larger. i think the shifters moved down one cm or two after the handlebar change.

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^ Yep. As I mentioned, it's different for each. I can get my hoods much lower than that on an ergo bar and still reach the brakes and shifters comfortably. Of course, that means I could set them even lower than that if I went back to a classic bar.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
^ Yep. As I mentioned, it's different for each. I can get my hoods much lower than that on an ergo bar and still reach the brakes and shifters comfortably. Of course, that means I could set them even lower than that if I went back to a classic bar.
that was no longer possible for me when i switched to sram from shimano. as hideous as shimano shifters look and as bad as their ergonomic is, the long levers do come in handy
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Originally Posted by mcjimbosandwich View Post
that was no longer possible for me when i switched to sram from shimano. as hideous as shimano shifters look and as bad as their ergonomic is, the long levers do come in handy
That actually helps answer a question. I've been curious about SRAM for a few years now, but hesitant to switch from something I know works for me.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
No, that's me
Pretty much me too. I've fairly tall (6' 1.5"), but have a short cycling inseam and a very long torso/arms. I actually settled on a -17* stem and it works pretty well for longer rides, but I've also gone to a bar with a touch more drop. So I think it evens out.

I've ran my stems slammed, with no spacers below for years... I don't think that's a real issue.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
That actually helps answer a question. I've been curious about SRAM for a few years now, but hesitant to switch from something I know works for me.
i'd still recommend the switch, without any hesitation. it just looks like that ergo bars aren't meant for me. even better, i think my weight is distributed a lot better (more supported by my back) now that my new position allows me to bend my elbows more easily
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