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    Any mountain drops on the market that will accept the rohloff shifter? I would like go position it near the stem if I can slide it up there.

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    Idea!

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    i never thought about mounting the bar ends so they operate horizontally rather than vertically ... interesting concept ... i always seem to bang my knees on them so they change, not sure what happen with the setup you have ... nice looking bike though, was seriously tempted with a fargo, but went with a singualr swift instead ... already have 3 touring bikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoogie
    i never thought about mounting the bar ends so they operate horizontally rather than vertically ... interesting concept ... i always seem to bang my knees on them so they change, not sure what happen with the setup you have ... nice looking bike though, was seriously tempted with a fargo, but went with a singualr swift instead ... already have 3 touring bikes
    Ya, I set them up that way to keep the shifters from hitting the top tube if/when the bike falls over. So far knee clearance has not been an issue for me.

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    La Cruz...monster style.

    ...strictly downhill...

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    beautimous....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Armchair Spaceman


    So Mike, how come the King headset cups are in upside down?
    Why not?

    I put all mine in that way.
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    not bored, just stoked! after having the midge bars hanging around for 2 years i finally got all the parts together to mount the darned things. sorry for the garage pic, didn't have the camera for the shakedown ride today.

    first impressions: climbing = better (while standing anyways). descending = slower and scarier, but in a fun way. won't be my main setup for sure, but will be fun to conquer some of the local technical rides. the drop is around 2" lower than my marys, which i like. the reach is about 1.5" longer, which i don't like at all. i tried a shorter stem, but then the drop was too much. just have to get used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferday
    not bored, just stoked! after having the midge bars hanging around for 2 years i finally got all the parts together to mount the darned things. sorry for the garage pic, didn't have the camera for the shakedown ride today.

    first impressions: climbing = better (while standing anyways). descending = slower and scarier, but in a fun way. won't be my main setup for sure, but will be fun to conquer some of the local technical rides. the drop is around 2" lower than my marys, which i like. the reach is about 1.5" longer, which i don't like at all. i tried a shorter stem, but then the drop was too much. just have to get used to it.



    The bike looks great! After spending more time with the drops the descending nervousness will not be an issue.

    I finally sold and shipped-out my Monkey Lite SL riser bars and stem earlier this week. After months of repeatedly swapping back and forth from riser to drops I have found the following to be true for me personally. The drop bars are way more comfortable ergonomically, and my hands go numb less than with conventional bars. Threading through trees is also easier because my hands in the drops are easier to gauge distance with than a protruding horizontal bar. Overall I consistently ride faster lap times on single track loops with the drops. I have tested this repeatedly and its a fact for me personally. Climbing is no contest, and I find that I am typically running 1-2 gears higher especially on the climbs. People still look at me like I am crazy, but when I pass them they aren't laughing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericb49
    La Cruz...monster style.
    XDX front and rear? Is there much left-over clearance on the rear?

    I really like the La Cruz, but I always thought there were clearance issues above 38c or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLONG
    XDX front and rear? Is there much left-over clearance on the rear?

    I really like the La Cruz, but I always thought there were clearance issues above 38c or so.
    Probably 1.75" version.... the 2.1 is pretty plump.
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    Zion 737

    Just finished this Zion 737. Bought the frame off eBay and most of other parts are pre-used. I have not had time to try it offroad yet since it was p....ing this morning in Sydney. Just had time to do a little ride around the neighbourhood to check the brakes, position etc... What I really like and sorry for the dropbars purists is the fact that the hoods are spot on for the climbs and the flats fantastic for recovering and still the drops much less stretch than I was used to on a road bike. The sturdy Syncros stem with its wide clam is fantastic and gives great rigidity to the cockpit.
    Tyres are dirty from previous bike. Tomorrow is a holiday so, I will get her out.

    Frame: Zion 737
    Forks: GT Peace 9r
    Wheels: Velocity hubs with DH19 rims
    Bars: Midge with double layer of bar tape
    Stem: Syncros
    Levers: Tektro long pull
    Shifter: Shimano 8spd bar-ends
    Seat: Selle Italia Max Flite Tran Am
    Seatpost:Origin8 dropper
    BB: Stronglight Square taper 107mm
    Crankset: Old Sachs triple 110mm BCD. 36T unramped chainring
    RD: XTR
    Cassette: 12-14-16-18-21-26-32
    Tyres: Jones XR front (ghetto) and Exiwolf Rear (Gorilla tape tubeless)

    I have installed the cable housing for the front derailleur in case I want to install one, I won't need to unwrap the bar tapes.
    I have reduced the cassette to 7 speeds by using spacers (even one smaller cog !!!) so that I don't have too much crossing with a 47mm chainline. Looks very good so far. I particularly like the spacing on this cassette which is ideal for one chain ring. I will probably avoid to use the 12T and have a perfect 1x6.
    I had initially bought some Origin8 Gary bars but the shifters did not fit in them (isn't that stupid? off-road dropbars that don't take bar-end shifters. too tight diameter ) and a set of Cane Creek levers because I thought they were better than the Tektro, they are exactly the same, surely from the same factory, I ended up preferring the silver finish...
    Next change is to mount a Weirwolf 2.55 Front with Gorilla tape.
    Make a chainguard from the old 44T aluminium big ring.
    And then build a new wheelset for the road.
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    I've gotta say, some of these on-a-budget, mixed-parts builds are the most interesting to me. Great job with the Zion!

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    Good to see this come back to life - some great builds! Just an update on my Gryphon with some new bits - old WTB Dirt Drops, Reynolds carbon rimmed wheels, and mostly black parts rather than the silver of the previous pic.



    The colour scheme is also the same as what it will be for production frames - due in later this month - finally!
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    Quote Originally Posted by eric_syd
    Just finished this Zion 737. Bought the frame off eBay and most of other parts are pre-used. I have not had time to try it offroad yet since it was p....ing this morning in Sydney. Just had time to do a little ride around the neighbourhood to check the brakes, position etc... What I really like and sorry for the dropbars purists is the fact that the hoods are spot on for the climbs and the flats fantastic for recovering and still the drops much less stretch than I was used to on a road bike. The sturdy Syncros stem with its wide clam is fantastic and gives great rigidity to the cockpit.
    Tyres are dirty from previous bike. Tomorrow is a holiday so, I will get her out.

    Frame: Zion 737
    Forks: GT Peace 9r
    Wheels: Velocity hubs with DH19 rims
    Bars: Midge with double layer of bar tape
    Stem: Syncros
    Levers: Tektro long pull
    Shifter: Shimano 8spd bar-ends
    Seat: Selle Italia Max Flite Tran Am
    Seatpost:Origin8 dropper
    BB: Stronglight Square taper 107mm
    Crankset: Old Sachs triple 110mm BCD. 36T unramped chainring
    RD: XTR
    Cassette: 12-14-16-18-21-26-32
    Tyres: Jones XR front (ghetto) and Exiwolf Rear (Gorilla tape tubeless)

    I have installed the cable housing for the front derailleur in case I want to install one, I won't need to unwrap the bar tapes.
    I have reduced the cassette to 7 speeds by using spacers (even one smaller cog !!!) so that I don't have too much crossing with a 47mm chainline. Looks very good so far. I particularly like the spacing on this cassette which is ideal for one chain ring. I will probably avoid to use the 12T and have a perfect 1x6.
    I had initially bought some Origin8 Gary bars but the shifters did not fit in them (isn't that stupid? off-road dropbars that don't take bar-end shifters. too tight diameter ) and a set of Cane Creek levers because I thought they were better than the Tektro, they are exactly the same, surely from the same factory, I ended up preferring the silver finish...
    Next change is to mount a Weirwolf 2.55 Front with Gorilla tape.
    Make a chainguard from the old 44T aluminium big ring.
    And then build a new wheelset for the road.
    Great build on the Zion, well done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singular
    Good to see this come back to life - some great builds! Just an update on my Gryphon with some new bits - old WTB Dirt Drops, Reynolds carbon rimmed wheels, and mostly black parts rather than the silver of the previous pic.



    The colour scheme is also the same as what it will be for production frames - due in later this month - finally!
    I know a lot of folks bag on the skin wall look, but on this bike its perfect in my opinion. Too bad somebody doesn't make a clincher with that look 'cause I am pretty sure one of these frames is going to end up in my stable. I'd love to recreate that look of yours.
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    My Dean Colonel 29er Cross

    This had been a hardtail with a White Bros BW1.0.

    When I messed up the fork I decided to experiment.

    Recently replaced a Origin 8 carbon fork with Dean ti that's pictured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcxmbfj
    This had been a hardtail with a White Bros BW1.0.

    When I messed up the fork I decided to experiment.

    Recently replaced a Origin 8 carbon fork with Dean ti that's pictured.

    Origin 8 Gary
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    Avid BB7 road disc
    Thomson post and 130mm/17 degree stem
    Mavic SpeedCity
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    The bike look great, How do you like the fork ?
    I have one bike that keep asking me for this fork...

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    How do you like the fork?

    I've only ridden it once so far but it seems to change the bike geometry for the better. I was able to raise the handlebar 40mm and that may be the real source of improvement.

    Ride seems more likely to be more lively than with the carbon fork over the pavement and gravel service roads on which it will be ridden.

    I don't see myself riding this in the woods.

    My Turner 29er full suspension is more forgiving to my "mature" body.
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    four months passed...sorry...

    aye all with mtb drop bars...!!! need aaaahhh recommendation from y'all drop bar fanatics, i am acquiring a karate monkey and would like to run drop bars in order to make my commute more commutable(?) and give offroad dbars a try...!!! yes i will be operatin on two seperate wheelsets, one cx and one offroad fatties...!!! my question to y'all is which brake levers do you choose to use...? i will be running either bb5 mountain or bb7 mountain calipers...

    please assist me in this acquisition...!!!

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    Best bet is the Tektro RL520.

    jw

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    aye all with mtb drop bars...!!! need aaaahhh recommendation from y'all drop bar fanatics, i am acquiring a karate monkey and would like to run drop bars in order to make my commute more commutable(?) and give offroad dbars a try...!!! yes i will be operatin on two seperate wheelsets, one cx and one offroad fatties...!!! my question to y'all is which brake levers do you choose to use...? i will be running either bb5 mountain or bb7 mountain calipers...

    please assist me in this acquisition...!!!

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    the best bet and cheap...?!?! too good to be true...!!!
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    I have a Midge on a SS road bike I built up... I had no idea they were so popular for MTB use! I think I know what the next bike I'll build will be now after seeing this thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by adubb25
    the best bet and cheap...?!?! too good to be true...!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumpyOne
    Best bet is the Tektro RL520.

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    +3 on the Tektro RL 520.

    Worked like a champ when my KM was set up w/ Midge and BB7.

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    Just realized I have not posted mine. Old version. Note the Tektro RL520 levers with BB7 mountain and 203 rotors. Whoa power.

    This bike is now an HT 1x9, but those bars and levers will go on for testing soon.

    I also have a Rock Lobster MoFoCross that needs a couple things so I can ride it and get pictures. Soon, promise, it is a sweet bike.
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    Very nice thread you guys have here , just looking and getting ideas for a future build .

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    1x9...?

    hey all,

    what if someone similar to myself has or is pondering the use of a 1x9 drivetrain on a drop bar karate monkey, which shifter/brake lever would that person similar to me choose to use...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adubb25
    hey all,

    what if someone similar to myself has or is pondering the use of a 1x9 drivetrain on a drop bar karate monkey, which shifter/brake lever would that person similar to me choose to use...?
    There is no easy answer to that. Drop bar MTB shifter / brake setups are not just a buy and install proposition. Pauls Thumbies, Kelly TakeOffs?

    I want to investigate the IRD Stage One Shifter Perch, since no one took my bait before, I have to do it myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adubb25
    hey all,

    what if someone similar to myself has or is pondering the use of a 1x9 drivetrain on a drop bar karate monkey, which shifter/brake lever would that person similar to me choose to use...?
    I think this thread is full of such examples:
    1. Bar-end shifters + Tektro RL 520 levers + any MTB brake (V-brakes or disc) you want
    2. Road Brifters + BB7 Road disc brakes
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    Here's one of mine. (I stopped to take the photo during a race - don't usually run around with race plates on

    One hassle with drop bars is the levers. I like my cables to come out the top so I can get better cable runs and thus smoother braking.

    Top loading brake levers seem to be nonexistent these days - I haven't been able to find anyone stocking them. Luckily I have a few from days gone by.

    Anyone know of a good source, preferably UK or Europe?
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    Finally got some pictures of mine and finally got to ride it on a trail where I enjoyed the drops!
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    Hey guys,

    Can I ask you a question about your BB7 road brakes and brifter combos?

    Would you say they're comparable in feel and function to a good BB7 mountain installation using full length compressionless housing and Speed Dial levers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoastieTX
    Hey guys,

    Can I ask you a question about your BB7 road brakes and brifter combos?

    Would you say they're comparable in feel and function to a good BB7 mountain installation using full length compressionless housing and Speed Dial levers?
    No, the road versions feel spongy, no matter what I did. The bike below has Tiagra STI with Tektro road. I have had my hands on bikes with Ultegra STI and BB7 road and they feel spongy.

    The Tektro RL520 with mountain BB7s feel solid, it just means bar end shifters.
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    I had not noticed this thread before. Here is a Fargo:



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    Quote Originally Posted by CoastieTX
    Hey guys,

    Can I ask you a question about your BB7 road brakes and brifter combos?

    Would you say they're comparable in feel and function to a good BB7 mountain installation using full length compressionless housing and Speed Dial levers?
    I'm running BB&'s on both my MTBs. On the drop barred Walt Works, I have the Cane Creek levers and it doesn't feel spongy at all. In fact, there've been a couple times where the brakes grabbed quicker than I expected them to.

    Wait, I just reread your question. I'm running BB7 mtn brakes on both bikes. Don't have any experience with the road versions. The levers I'm using are the Cane Creek Drop V.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    There is no easy answer to that. Drop bar MTB shifter / brake setups are not just a buy and install proposition. Pauls Thumbies, Kelly TakeOffs?

    I want to investigate the IRD Stage One Shifter Perch, since no one took my bait before, I have to do it myself.
    ooooh ahhhh i do dig the thumbies considering all i need will be one...!!! is there anyway to run dual control lever(s) with a mountain/drop bar/1x9 setup...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outsider
    I had not noticed this thread before. Here is a Fargo:
    I spied this bike over on the bikepacking forums just a few days ago. Kudos on the homemade bags, very nicely done.
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    Would the cane creek drop V work the same as the tektro RL520?

    http://www.canecreek.com/component-other?product=drop-v

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    Quote Originally Posted by murtaghstyle
    Would the cane creek drop V work the same as the tektro RL520?

    http://www.canecreek.com/component-other?product=drop-v
    They are the same lever, made by Tektro for Cane Creek. You pay more money and get the cool lizard logos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoastieTX
    Hey guys,
    Can I ask you a question about your BB7 road brakes and brifter combos?

    Would you say they're comparable in feel and function to a good BB7 mountain installation using full length compressionless housing and Speed Dial levers?
    Definitely spongier. I have a bike with mtb BB7 and one with road setup.

    I put it down to 2 factors:
    1. Cable run - loads of tight angles with aero brakes.
    2. Road style brake levers are not as rigid as mtb levers.

    I have improved the cable run by using non aero levers - old Shimano 105s. The cables come out the top of the levers in a nice gentle curve just like the old days. That helps a bit.

    The next step is to go for the Avid Full Metal Jacket cable setup to remove the compression from the cables. I expect that to make a big difference to the front brake.

    Almost all reasonable mtb levers are fairly rigid, but not all road levers have good rigidity and the flex can be felt. High quality road levers are much more rigid than budget ones, but non aero levers are very hard to find in the shops these days.

    The other hassle is the lack of adjusters in the brake line - you have to source these and add them yourself.
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    All this brake/shifting uncertainty is what's keeping me from a drop bar 29er.

    I've tried SS, but I want 1x9. I don't like barcons, I like brifters. I also want symmetrical hoods. And, I need something that fits road diameter bars.

    So, the only thing I can think of that will work the way I want is putting on a single SRAM Rival shifter on one side, and the matching SS brake on the other, and using BB7 road brakes. That should work on the spectrum of CX-type drops, from Salsa Bell Laps to the more flared bars like the Midge.

    Did I miss anything? Thanks.

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    The feel is the same, but I could not get as much power as with the cane creek levers or regular mtb levers. Also, I could never get it so my hand was in the right position to get at the lever fast enough.
    I ended up trying a problem solver on the rear and that made things a little better but its really hard to get the slop out of that set-up. I could not get it perfect and then ended the drop bar thing. I think I will try again though

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    Hey guys,

    Can I ask you a question about your BB7 road brakes and brifter combos?

    Would you say they're comparable in feel and function to a good BB7 mountain installation using full length compressionless housing and Speed Dial levers?

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    Hmmm, interesting replies on the whole brifter/BB7 thing. The reason I asked this question is what I had planned to be my next bike - a Salsa La Cruz disc - has been discontinued and I've been having a heck of a time finding a similar disc bike I like. I'm starting to wonder if having discs on such a bike is really worth the headaches this is causing. The non-disc options and plentiful and readily available.

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    I use Ultegra Brifters and Road BB7s, they have plenty of power, but the power does ramp up at the end fast.

    Maybe I am spoiled by hydraulics modulation.

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    Okay, here's mine. Mostly an e-bay and clearance rack build. I've been commuting on it for about 2 1/2 months now. It is set up more like a road bike for the moment but when the trails dry out and there's a little more sun light I'm throwing on some knobby tires. I really like the 1x9 set up. Currently:
    Niner EMD frame, Moondust (large)
    Bontrager Switchblade fork
    Stan's ZTR wheelset (Arch rims, ZTR hubs)
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    Crank Bros Opium SL headset
    Kalloy Uno stem (+17degrees)
    Soma Fab Junebug bar (31.8)
    Avid BB7 brakes 180mm G3 front rotor and 160mm G2 rear
    Cane Creek levers
    Dura Ace barcon shifter
    Shimano XT Shadow RD
    Jagwire cables
    Bontrager XXX Lite crank (38T) with TruVativ GXP BB
    XT Cassette (11-32)
    KMC X9-SL chain
    Paul components chain keeper
    Crank Bros candy pedals
    Ritchey seat post
    Specialized Phenom SL saddle
    Salsa skewers
    Woody's fender
    Knog Gator 150 light

    I'm still trying to get all of the dimensions right. Once I try it off road I'l trim the steerer some more. I'll probably raise the bar a bit with a 35 degree stem when I try the drop-bar/rigid set-up off road. I've got some CK hubs to lace to Flow rims, mount some 2.4 Racing Ralphs - perhaps a 12-36 cassette - and see what happens next.

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    Figured I'd add mine to the thread too. Singular Gryphon, size XL. Bar is a gen 1 origin8 gary.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/48107563@N00/4122424294/" title="DSC_0507 by unclefuzzy_ss, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2571/4122424294_4830cff4e7_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="DSC_0507" /></a>
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    I'm running Tektro/CaneCreek levers and the BB7 Road set up. I'm running jagwire teflon cables, and jagwire housing. Can't say that they feel any different from the mountain BB7 set ups I've had in the past. In other words, they feel just dandy.
    Just a regular guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prem
    Orlowski dirt road bike.
    WOW, nice -- who/where's the builder?

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    I love that Orlowski, too! It looks like it can take on just about anything. Long, long hilly rides over any surface, mmmm...

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    new stuff

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    more to come next week.
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    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.

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    For you drop bar riders, watch Tomac rock it. I am not personally a full on drop bar rider but I do ride a On-One Mary and a Spacebar 8 on my road bike.

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    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.

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    Here's mine, love it, but I gotta sell it, it's in the classifieds, and yes I did pay for it.
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    jimgskoop, Orkje - thanks guys. Orlowski is Polish frame builder. Here you can find more examples of his work: http://orlowskiframes.blogspot.com

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    Question for you drop bar folks:

    I want to do a 1X9 (or 1X10) conversion on my Inbred. If I want to go with a Shimano group - which bar end shifters are compatible with which rear derailleurs? Are the bar end shifters fine with MTB components?

    I just finished a 1X10 on my 'cross bike, but of course I used all road components, and didn't mix anything BTW, the Paul Chain Keeper has proven to be a super part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion
    Question for you drop bar folks:

    I want to do a 1X9 (or 1X10) conversion on my Inbred. If I want to go with a Shimano group - which bar end shifters are compatible with which rear derailleurs? Are the bar end shifters fine with MTB components?

    I just finished a 1X10 on my 'cross bike, but of course I used all road components, and didn't mix anything BTW, the Paul Chain Keeper has proven to be a super part.

    i'm runnin dura ace 9 speed barcons w/a newer xt shadow 9 speed rear derailleur, i've also used another set of 9 speed barcons to run a lx rear derailleur. i also run friction shifting fwiw. if you look at most of the rivendell built bikes you'd see a lot of 'em built this way. if i get the chance i'll post some pics up later.

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    I love when this thread resurfaces!

    The Tomac video brings back the memories. I was racing in SoCal during that time. He kicked my A** way too many times on Chatsworth group rides. Even converted my Yeti FRO with a drop bar for a while. We were referred to as "Yeti Privateers" back in the day. Basically a bunch of wannabees paying our own dime to wave the Yeti flag. Ahh...such memories!

    For the last four years, I have been riding a Niner MCR frame and fork set up with midge bars. Arch rims w/ 38mm Kenda Kross Extreme tires. Lots of fun! Most versatile bike I own.

    I am running Dura ace barcons w/SRAM 9spd cassette and XO der. . Needs an adapter though. You can buy an adapter for several shifter/der. combos. Can not remember company name at the moment. (want to say Avid) Let me know if you need additional info. I will try to help.

    Good luck with the new setup.
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    Rather than post the same pics in 3 threads, here is a link to my post of the new Singular Gryphon I just put together. Haven't taken it out on the trail yet, as we just got a foot of snow last night! Trails are way too wet to ride!

    Gotta love "spring" in Utah!

    The shakedown ride around the yard/neighborhood (before the storm) felt really good, can't wait to try it in the dirt!

    My 1st new bike in 5 years: Drop Bar Singular Gryphon

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    Do inverted "alt bars" count?





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    Quote Originally Posted by FR hokeypokey
    For the last four years, I have been riding a Niner MCR frame and fork set up with midge bars. Arch rims w/ 38mm Kenda Kross Extreme tires. Lots of fun! Most versatile bike I own.
    I demand pics!

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    My new SS Inbred 29er:





    A pretty conventional build: WTB Single Duty rear hub, XT front, Mavic TN719 rims, Maxxis Crossmarks F+R, old Deore Hollowtech cranks with Middleburn ring, Thomson post, Spesh saddle, Midges, BB7s. Amazing fun to ride.

    First ride today in the East Midlands of the UK - and my first MTB since I sold my '99 Kona Cinder Cone a few years back, though I have been riding my monstercrossed Cotic Roadrat off road for a year or so. First post on here too (though I've been lurking for a while), so hi.

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    I took my Fargo out for the first time for some real single track riding. I've ridden off road drops before, but I might need to make it a major part of my off road riding--it's a good time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WTB-rider
    Fargo.
    Nice sir, weather should be nice enough for some overnighters soon. Sadly, I won't be able to hook up with a Fargo any time soon, however I will be multi-purposing the EM with some Woodchippers and racks for some bikepacking. Can't wait to see some posts of your adventures....

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    Hydros and drops

    Sorry if this has been done but may l ask about hydros and drops. I would like to ride drops but only have hydro brakes. Is there a getto fix, type of bar or advice you could give. I have Jones bars and like them alot but would like to get lower without inverting stems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnd663
    Sorry if this has been done but may l ask about hydros and drops. I would like to ride drops but only have hydro brakes. Is there a getto fix, type of bar or advice you could give. I have Jones bars and like them alot but would like to get lower without inverting stems.
    Cheers
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    No one said "no," so winter must be over.
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    Drop-bar elMar on a shakedown ride this morning. Really enjoyed the leverage I could get while climbing- instead of rocking the bike with wide risers, I could pull front-back and really keep the rear wheel planted.
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    '93 Bridgestone S/S

    This is my Winter bike/ All-weather commuter. It looks better out on the snow and ice, but these are taken in my office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dankilling
    Drop-bar elMar on a shakedown ride this morning. Really enjoyed the leverage I could get while climbing- instead of rocking the bike with wide risers, I could pull front-back and really keep the rear wheel planted.

    that is a nice looking bike!
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    Gryphon all set and ready for spring.
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    Looks nice......let us know how you like those luxy bars.

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    Here's my latest build. It's a special Ti Salsa that isn't actually a model they produce. One of their employees had it built to test some design concepts as they were working on the Ti Fargo. When he recently decided to divest it from his collection, I took a deep breath and stepped up to the plate. This is Ti Salsa #3 for me, so this is probably the last purchase I'll be making for a while...

    (Action shot photo credit: Julie Goodman, from the CIRREM 2011... Thank you!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_ID
    Looks nice......let us know how you like those luxy bars.
    Thanks, the Luxys are really nice - the bend fits my hands/arms really well and the wide flare gives great leverage on climbs, almost like two different bars. There's quite a bit of "give" when you use your arms climbing, but it's a pleasant feeling actually.

    It'll be interesting to see if the width makes them tricky/scary between the trees when more single track opens up as the snow goes away.

    mgersib: Sweet Salsa!

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    Singular Gryphon on a shakedown ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paakku
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    Looks nice, Paakku! Is that an SLX 2x10 drivetrain? How does it work with the bar-end shifters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rising
    Looks nice, Paakku! Is that an SLX 2x10 drivetrain? How does it work with the bar-end shifters?
    Thanks,
    The drivetrain is SLX 2x9. The bar-end shifts work fine - precise shifting, the front shifter is friction mode and the rear shifter is indexed mode. Only problem is to reach the shifters during speedy single track maneuvering.

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    Used for snow covered dirt roads. Sorry for the crappy cell pic.
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    Inbred and an Air 9 with drops

    Single speed Air 9 with Orgin 8 gary bars and Tektro RL520 levers


    Geared Inbred 29er with Midge Bars and 105's


    I really like the Gary Bars and am warming up to the midges

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    That is so clean.

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    Just a general query, is there much difference between BB7s and hydraulics? There can't be that much, can there? Just for XC?

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    I see a lot of bar-end shifters and brifters, but has anyone tried using either a grip shift or trigger shifter (X0 or X9) mounted near the stem & regular (Tektro or Cane Creek) levers? My concern about bar-ends is shifts on the fly in tight spaces - I'd rather not take my hands off the bar. Would the drop bar diameters be too much for the triggers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerX.29 View Post
    I see a lot of bar-end shifters and brifters, but has anyone tried using either a grip shift or trigger shifter (X0 or X9) mounted near the stem & regular (Tektro or Cane Creek) levers? My concern about bar-ends is shifts on the fly in tight spaces - I'd rather not take my hands off the bar. Would the drop bar diameters be too much for the triggers?
    I have a Rock Lobster with bar ends and the old Diacompe brake levers. After you get used to the bar ends, you find you do not have to take your hands off the bars, your little fingers get very adept at flipping the lever. You just slide your hand back until the bar end lever is between your pinky and ring fingers, so thumb and four fingers still have a grip. If you need to grab brakes, flip your pinky out and slide forward to the hooks with two fingers to the levers.

    Keep in mind that you want the bike setup so that you spend most of the time on the drops, especially in tricky terrain, so they are right there. And you learn to anticipate a little better than you do with regular MTB thumbies.

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    I love the bikes here. Great inspiration. I have to admit I use this site for my drop bar 26er Not as cool as these but I get looks everywhere I go with it.

    Can I post it anyway?
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    Hi, great thread here !
    One -stupid- question :
    Is there somewhere a page listing all of the brands of the mountain drop bars available ?
    maybe some comparison ?
    I'm building a cross tourer 36er bike and would like to use this kind of bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidfrench View Post
    Hi, great thread here !
    One -stupid- question :
    Is there somewhere a page listing all of the brands of the mountain drop bars available ?
    maybe some comparison ?
    I'm building a cross tourer 36er bike and would like to use this kind of bars.
    Thanks !
    Twenty Nine Inches | News and Reviews for 29er Bikes will be your best bet for comparisons besides the search here. There have been a few postings here, but GT over
    Twenty Nine Inches | News and Reviews for 29er Bikes has a far better comparison, since he is a drop bar junkie like others of us.
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    Thanks Slocaus, I've been reading a review of the Salsa Woodchipper by guitar ted there.
    I'll investigate more to find the other brands he might have reviewed.
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    Then:


    Now:


    I just recently wrapped the shifter cables all the way to the stem. Shifts the same and a lot cleaner, was getting leaves jammed into my cables while riding singletrack and I have no idea how expect our stuff is real tight singletrack.
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    There aren't too many that are readily available:

    - Salsa Woodchipper
    - On One Midge
    - WTB dirt drop
    - Origin 8 Gary

    That's all I can think off the top of my head.

    Quote Originally Posted by davidfrench View Post
    Hi, great thread here !
    One -stupid- question :
    Is there somewhere a page listing all of the brands of the mountain drop bars available ?
    maybe some comparison ?
    I'm building a cross tourer 36er bike and would like to use this kind of bars.
    Thanks !

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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    There aren't too many that are readily available:

    - Salsa Woodchipper
    - On One Midge
    - WTB dirt drop
    - Origin 8 Gary

    That's all I can think off the top of my head.
    Thanks ! Awesome !

    Thanks guys, I had a busy day and couldn't search it fast enough !

    cheers !
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    Velo - very nice bike, can you tell me a little more about your fat front setup:

    - rim?
    - tire width?
    - distance between fork legs?

    Thanks!

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