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Old 10-09-11, 02:23 AM   #1
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Light Touring/Trekking bike build

I may have made a mistake but I'm going to try to build up a GT ZuM frame for touring.
I have some XT components taken from a bike I don't ride and I have a RSX crankset to add to it. I'm hoping to make it all into a bike with which I can do some light touring.

I picked up a Nashbar touring saddle and some mustache handlebars. I'm thinking of setting it up like the old Bridgestone XO-1. I never road one but I sat on it plenty at my LBS back in the day. Barend shifters and road levers.

Does this sound doable or are there pitfalls I should be aware of?? I've heard this set up isn't the best for long distance touring but I'm hoping it will work out for a weekend length tour.
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Old 10-09-11, 09:59 AM   #2
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You mean moustache bars not good for long distances? I saw a couple with Ortlieb panniers front and back with flat bars saying they had another 30 miles to do. Actually, it's after I saw that couple that I thought of the idea of buying the Nashbar touring frameset.
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It's important to have lots of hand positions on a touring bar. A mustache bar fills that requirement. Double wrap the bars for better ergonomics and comfort.
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It's important to have lots of hand positions on a touring bar. A mustache bar fills that requirement. Double wrap the bars for better ergonomics and comfort.
Mustache bars are very sensitive to setup (in my experience), and until you have them dialed in just right, they can me miserable. Just using them on the wrong bike can make them almost useless.

They need a bike with a short top tube, trying to fit them onto a mountain bike almost always ends poorly. The already long top tube of most mountain bikes combined with the several centimeters of extra reach of a mustache bar makes them very uncomfortable in the hoods. Because the reach to the hoods is too much to be comfortable, you end up spending your time in the low reach, swept back parts where you can be very comfortable, but aren't great for long distances.

Once you have them set up, keep on tweaking them; moving my brake levers less than a centimeter, and tilting the bars a few degrees made the difference between my hands going numb for a week, and absolute comfort.
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I have found my trekking bar setup, best, being a few inches above the saddle,
and fairly close..
Perhaps that would be true for the Mustache bars as well ..
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Thanks for the information. I had already heard to set the bars close so I picked up a short stem. I could probably go shorter still if I have trouble with the reach. The ZuM frame touts itself as a 26" hybrid. I'll check out the top tube length and see how it compares to my MTB.

The RSX crank should be OK with the rest of the XT components??
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