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Old 04-28-17, 08:37 AM
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Drop bar options

Thinking about throwing some drops on my soma Rush. Currently running a 25.4 quill stem and risers so would need to swap minimally to a 26.0 and get something like Soma High Ones.

If I got a Factory Five 31.8 quill it would open up lots more options so I could do something like Ritchey Classic Logic curves.

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Or any modern drops.

Also have whole world of used classic bars in narrower diameter but suspicion is not as comfy. Not interested in track drops. Want something with comfortable tops and ramps where I'll spend most of my time I suspect.

Suggestions?
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I was in a similar situation as you--went with the Dajia Shallow Drop Bars, sold by Velo Orange. If I was running a 31.8 clamp, I would absolutely go with the Ritchey classic bars because they're similar in drop+reach.

I ride mostly on the ramps, sometimes in the drops. But at least I can ride comfortably in the drops for a good distance, most other bars I can't. The Dajia bars have been great, and I'll keep riding them unless my stem diameter changes.

You can soda can shim the 25.4 -> 26.0 difference, or buy actual shims for the purpose. I've never had an issue with soda can shims, though.
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Thanks for the suggestion.

Actually, I'd be going from 25.4 to 26 with those bars so really can't shim up. Need a bigger stem.

Any trouble getting them into a quill stem? They warn you about it.
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i'm running 26.0 soma hwy one bars on my nature boy. i like the shape.
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I have a SOMA Roundwise (26.0) you can have if you want it.

Edit: The bar is new and it would free, just to clarify.

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Nitto Noodles!!!
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I have a Nitto B135 Randonneur bar on my Wabi. It's 25.4 and I like it a lot.
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Originally Posted by nightfly
Thanks for the suggestion.

Actually, I'd be going from 25.4 to 26 with those bars so really can't shim up. Need a bigger stem.

Any trouble getting them into a quill stem? They warn you about it.
Ew--my bad, missed that shim direction. Definitely don't want to try cramming a 26.0 into a 25.4.

The 26.0 Dajia bars I had were in a quill stem at one point, yes--no issue there. Assuming you've worked with quill's and handlebars before, you'll know the patience+rotation tricks to get them on without scratching the bars.

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Originally Posted by johnnytheboy
i'm running 26.0 soma hwy one bars on my nature boy. i like the shape.
I would like to echo this thought. I have a set of Hwy Ones of on my Rush and they are the bee's knees as far as I'm concerned. Nice and compact.
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Hwy Ones are definitely on top of my list. Bonus that they come in black. Maybe next time Soma sends me one of their sales I'll just get a pair with one of their quill stems.
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Soma hwy ones are great bars, one of seldom compact drops that come in 26.0.
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for some stupid reason, i wanted to run 26.0 bars and stem on the nature boy. keep it classic looking maybe. maybe just to be different. i dunno.
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The only circumstance I would run a 26.0 bar is if I am dealing with a classic quill stem.
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I've got a 26 on a trek with the perfect tt length, but too low of a tt, the hwy one is on the top of my list for that bike.
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