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Old 10-26-13, 05:25 PM
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what handle bars for a mtb conversion?

mary bar? jones bar? trekking bar? regular flat bar? help me make up my mind. post pics of your handle bar
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Old 10-26-13, 05:38 PM
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If I were to go the MTB conversion route, I would opt for bull-horn bars. They have room on the flats for the brake-shifter levers, so you save money there by not requiring a new STI set-up with drop bars. The bull-horns offer the benefits of bar-extensions, but in a more elegant and practical way. And they are just like riding the hoods on drop bars and if you are like most people, you wouldn't use the drops anyway for 98% of the time. They can be wrapped in bar tape, which I find more forgiving than flat-bar grips..

I have them on a fixed-gear that I've also use for touring. I like them a lot.
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Old 10-26-13, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
If I were to go the MTB conversion route, I would opt for bull-horn bars. They have room on the flats for the brake-shifter levers, so you save money there by not requiring a new STI set-up with drop bars. The bull-horns offer the benefits of bar-extensions, but in a more elegant and practical way. And they are just like riding the hoods on drop bars and if you are like most people, you wouldn't use the drops anyway for 98% of the time. They can be wrapped in bar tape, which I find more forgiving than flat-bar grips..

I have them on a fixed-gear that I've also use for touring. I like them a lot.
bull horn idea is neat. would you mount the controls neat the stem like a normal flat bar or on the bull horn part in the front? coworker actually has a road bike setup with bull horns and mtb shifter and brake lever.
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I use H-bars on my mountain tourer. My shifters are the same one would use on a mountain bike, I have Ergon grips, and I have Ritchie rubber grips on the top H's giving me an aero position.

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Old 10-26-13, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
bull horn idea is neat. would you mount the controls neat the stem like a normal flat bar or on the bull horn part in the front? coworker actually has a road bike setup with bull horns and mtb shifter and brake lever.
As on a normal flat bar. The fixed gear, obviously, doesn't have shifters, but I have mounted bar-end brake levers on it.
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Old 10-26-13, 06:29 PM
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I have Trekking bars on 2 bikes , with R'off Grip shifters , and Ergon GR3 om my Brompton M3L

As one R'off bike is a Bike Friday , for trip packing, also have their split apart bars,
there I have a GR5 set . Longer Bar ends..
too long for the Brompton fold without loosening The clamp on the bar end and twisting it. to clear the tire.

Advantage : the grip and The end were engineered to work together
so there is no lumpy clamp for the Bar end.

My setup preference is the relative flat open palm relaxed hand on the bar end.

My Preferred style .. rarely need to muscle up hills pulling on the bars..

One setup was posted Here : http://www.cyclofiend.com/working/20...clark1008.html

Note: the HB bag mount is under the actual trekking bars, on a second stem..

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Old 10-27-13, 04:30 AM
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I alternate between a Salsa 17* bar with bar ends:




and an On One Mary, sometimes with extra bar ends added:




I've also tried a Titec H bar, but it's really hard to get the shifters to work on that without screwing up the alternate hand positions.
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Old 10-27-13, 05:41 AM
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reptilezs, If I continued to use my mountain bike for touring I might have tried trekking bars as an experiment. The flat bar with bar ends work very well however.

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Old 10-27-13, 06:24 AM
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I have used trekking/butterfly bars on a mountain bike conversion for a tad over 12,000 miles and highly recommend them.
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I've used trekking bars and drop bars but my favorite now is the (relatively) new Bosco Bars from Rivendell. I used them on my Hillborne when I ordered it, and liked them enough to replace the drops on my touring bike. They look like old style cruiser bars but they are not. They provide a huge range of body positions from bolt upright, for traffic or down wind, all the way into a time trial type tuck for windy or high speed conditions. They come in four widths, this is the widest. The best part is that I have not experienced any numbness in my hands, even when in the saddle all day long.


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Old 10-27-13, 07:34 AM
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Might take a some trying to find out what works for you. I have seen drop bar conversions, flat bars, north roads, H-bars, bullhorns and trekking bars. My preference has been the butterfly trekking bars. YMMV.

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Old 10-27-13, 07:50 AM
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My MTB isn't exactly a conversion as I use it as a mountain bike as well as a dirt road and off road tourer. For me many of the normal bar choices do not work all that well. I suffer wrist and thumb pain due to arthritis and the best seems to be drop bars. I could probably also do well with bull horns, but have not tried them.

I find that the drop bars are OK even on technical single track after a bit of getting used to them.

If it was a road tourer drops would be a slam dunk for me.
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Old 10-27-13, 10:12 AM
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I use Surly Torsion bars (15 degrees sweep) with Ergon GR2 grips (small bar-ends included). Works quite well. I've been tempted by the Jones H bars with the multiple hand positions and lots of room for attaching a Garmin, headlight, computer, maps, etc. The one thing I don't like about them (other than the price) is the 45 degree sweep - I think something a little less would be more comfortable (kinda like how much sweep the Mary bars have).

Edit: Forgot to include an image! You can't see the barends in this but they are there.

Image too large for BikeForums, so click to imgur: http://i.imgur.com/CVWoPh.jpg

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I like that setup. Looks like you can get your hands into any position. My only worry is if you start to add attachments like lights, GPS, computer and more.
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I use Mary's on my commuter but the curvy styling means that their are few straight sections for clamping accessories. I would not like to put inboard extensions clamped to a curved bar.
Butterfly/trekking bars are used on most flatbar tourers because they solve most problems in the simplest way.
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Old 10-29-13, 05:40 PM
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Check out the Vintage MTB Drop Bar Conversion Thread for lots of examples....

Soma June Bug Bars for me...

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/828426-Show-Your-Vintage-MTB-Drop-Bar-Conversions

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post16200435

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I'm on the same page as Irwin and use Nitto Bosco bars. Quite happy with them so far after getting a good stem length and tilt.


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Originally Posted by sonatageek View Post
I have used trekking/butterfly bars on a mountain bike conversion for a tad over 12,000 miles and highly recommend them.
If I may be so bold, what do you weigh and how do you ride?

I've heard they flex a lot.
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Old 10-30-13, 04:53 AM
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I am in the 185-192 range and my speed tends to hover in 12-15 mph zone most times. When I ride home from work I tend to sprint away at each light and push hard, to try to make the next light. I have never felt there was any flex issues with those bars. The three hand positions on the bars I use most often are closest to me on the brakes/shifters, at the lower curve on the outside portion and at the top outside curve. That last position is where I would really notice the flex if it was present.
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Originally Posted by Turtle01 View Post
I'm on the same page as Irwin and use Nitto Bosco bars. Quite happy with them so far after getting a good stem length and tilt.
Are those MTB brake levers? I have similar bars I want to use, but they're too big for the hydraulic MTB discs I have on the bike right now.
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Jedrek,

Yes indeed, those are mountain brake levers. Avid FR-5's to be exact. The Bosco takes mountain levers as well as bar end shifters (funny, I couldn't find all that info on Rivendell's site). Very nice combo to free up hand positions.

I really like that there are a few different hand positions available since I have sensory issues with my whole body. Those different positions give me a different torso lean as well for wind, changing weight displacement, hills (ascending & descending), standing sprints and casual coasting/cruising. I double wrapped the bars for a better diameter feel and cushioning. The Bosco bars also put my shoulders in a much more natural, and stable, position (elbows toward sides) which is good since I had dislocated my shoulder years ago.

Previously I had Surly OpenBars with Ergon grips on my Troll and they were ok, but I couldn't get any body position change or hand position change very well.

Note worthy for my comments: I'm a recent Physical The****** Assistant grad, so body geometry, muscle use, sensory, joint position, etc. all run around in my head constantly. I also hyper-focus, so any small detail out of place for me becomes bigger.
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I'll add some more additional recommendations:
On One Midge

I've used these for years and like them quite a bit but have stopped using them. After a while I found them too wide. I'm now using a FSA compact drop bar on a road bike, not MTB. I missed the flared drops, which are much easier on my wrists. The Pro Pulsion bar in the blog linked to below look to be 2.5 cm narrower, could be a nice option.

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Here's a blog with a nice round up of alt. MTB bars:
http://oldglorymtb.com/round-up-alte...ke-handlebars/
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scott at 4, thats my choice , accepts thumbies and mtb levers
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