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    My Gryphon is currently set up with the Midge bars and I don't find them to be very comfortable. I don't like the way that they want to run right through the tender part of the hand. I'm considering picking up the Woodchipper as it looks like the sweep might make them more comfortable. I'm tempted by the 46cm version, since the extra leverage would be nice with the big 29+ wheel up front however I'm wondering if a shorter stem would be required than the 70mm stem I'm currently using with the Mary's? If that were the case then I'd probably just go for the 42cm version of the Woodchipper.

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    Re: Bored? Post your Drop-Bar 29er!

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanTemplar View Post
    My Gryphon is currently set up with the Midge bars and I don't find them to be very comfortable. I don't like the way that they want to run right through the tender part of the hand. I'm considering picking up the Woodchipper as it looks like the sweep might make them more comfortable. I'm tempted by the 46cm version, since the extra leverage would be nice with the big 29+ wheel up front however I'm wondering if a shorter stem would be required than the 70mm stem I'm currently using with the Mary's? If that were the case then I'd probably just go for the 42cm version of the Woodchipper.
    Which is it? Do you have Midge bars or Marys. Very different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AGrant View Post
    I'm working on mine now. I'll have pics when I get it finished. I'll give ya some hints:

    Niner SIR9 Rootbeer frame
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    Single Speed - 32x17 for now.

    Building it up as a gravel grinder bike for when our trails are too muddy to ride. Planning to go with a steel Niner rigid fork as soon as I can find a root beer one. I'll post pictures as soon as all my parts are in.
    Why did you buy the Sir9 and supension fork for a gravel grinder when you could have bought a RLT9 with a rigid carbon fork?

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    Bored? Post your Drop-Bar 29er!

    I've had the SIR9 as a single speed mountain bike. I'm changing it to a gravel grinder. Can't afford a new bike right now. Making due with what I already have.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Which is it? Do you have Midge bars or Marys. Very different.
    Sorry, Midge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanTemplar View Post
    My Gryphon is currently set up with the Midge bars and I don't find them to be very comfortable. I don't like the way that they want to run right through the tender part of the hand.
    I solved that by cutting an old mtb grip in half, putting it on the drops, and wrapping over top of it. I find you've got to have at least a couple of layers.

    That being said, I also just switched to a 44cm woodchipper a few weeks ago, and I like it more than the midge. The long drop extensions are amazing for climbing, and the nice, wide top is extra comfy for cruising:


    My midge got moved over to my fixed 26er, where it's actually surprisingly comfortable setup for riding on the hoods:

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    Re: Bored? Post your Drop-Bar 29er!

    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    I solved that by cutting an old mtb grip in half, putting it on the drops, and wrapping over top of it. I find you've got to have at least a couple of layers.

    That being said, I also just switched to a 44cm woodchipper a few weeks ago, and I like it more than the midge. The long drop extensions are amazing for climbing, and the nice, wide top is extra comfy for cruising:


    My midge got moved over to my fixed 26er, where it's actually surprisingly comfortable setup for riding on the hoods:
    You need to find what works for you, which includes the bar angle. The angle can make a huge difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    I solved that by cutting an old mtb grip in half, putting it on the drops, and wrapping over top of it. I find you've got to have at least a couple of layers.

    That being said, I also just switched to a 44cm woodchipper a few weeks ago, and I like it more than the midge. The long drop extensions are amazing for climbing, and the nice, wide top is extra comfy for cruising:


    My midge got moved over to my fixed 26er, where it's actually surprisingly comfortable setup for riding on the hoods:
    Right on man!--I have the halved ESI grips under the tape on the Midges and while it helps, I still feel like the bars shape just doesn't work for me. So you changed to the woodchipper without changing stems? Are you more hunched over than with the Midge?

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    ^ This is going to be a long one...

    My kona isn't meant for dropbars so I'm using a 35deg stem, and while I managed to get an "okay" setup with the midge I always felt a bit too stretched out. So I switched to the woodchipper specifically because Guitar Ted's great comparisons listed it has having less reach (and I think less drop too?)

    With the woodchipper I'm still using the same stem, but I was able to move my saddle back a bit, and drop the stem a bit, and be more comfortable than with the midge. It's pretty much fixed my fit issues.

    In terms of grip though, I've had it for close to a month (and I've been experimenting the whole time) and I swear the hooks feel less natural than the midge. I think Guitar Ted mentioned that too. The steep sides with really flared ends are a little weird. It's not necessarily a problem, but it is weird.

    But because of the long drops, I can angle the woodchipper anywhere from 15-40deg and still be comfortable. When I angled the midge way out, I always felt like I was falling off the drops because they were so short. So there's lots of options for adjustment, and I'm still playing around with it.

    TL;DR

    The woodchipper fixed my reach problem, which was the main goal. The hooks feel a little weird though. But with the wide top and long drops the woodchipper gives 5 or 6 truly different hand positions, compared to the 2-and-a-bit with the midge.

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    Re: Bored? Post your Drop-Bar 29er!

    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    ^ This is going to be a long one...

    My kona isn't meant for dropbars so I'm using a 35deg stem, and while I managed to get an "okay" setup with the midge I always felt a bit too stretched out. So I switched to the woodchipper specifically because Guitar Ted's great comparisons listed it has having less reach (and I think less drop too?)

    With the woodchipper I'm still using the same stem, but I was able to move my saddle back a bit, and drop the stem a bit, and be more comfortable than with the midge. It's pretty much fixed my fit issues.

    In terms of grip though, I've had it for close to a month (and I've been experimenting the whole time) and I swear the hooks feel less natural than the midge. I think Guitar Ted mentioned that too. The steep sides with really flared ends are a little weird. It's not necessarily a problem, but it is weird.

    But because of the long drops, I can angle the woodchipper anywhere from 15-40deg and still be comfortable. When I angled the midge way out, I always felt like I was falling off the drops because they were so short. So there's lots of options for adjustment, and I'm still playing around with it.

    TL;DR

    The woodchipper fixed my reach problem, which was the main goal. The hooks feel a little weird though. But with the wide top and long drops the woodchipper gives 5 or 6 truly different hand positions, compared to the 2-and-a-bit with the midge.
    I use 3/4" rubber chair tips with a nickel inside as bar plugs on my Midge bars. Adds about 10mm to the length and provides a slight flare to the end.
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    Thanks for all of the info, Newfangled!

    One more question: if you were to buy the Woodchippers again would you choose the 44cm version? Do you feel like the hooks might feel more or less natural depending on width?

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    ^ I got the 44 because I honestly couldn't decide. One of guitar ted's posts said that the 46 was "really wide" and that scared me off (although everything is relative, compared to 700mm+ flatbars and risers).

    The midge and woodchipper are very different, so it's tough to directly compare their widths. When I first got the woodchipper I lined it up with the midge, and this is what I found:
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    So the top of the woodchipper is wider than the top of the midge.
    But then the woodchipper drops almost straight down, so at the hooks the midge is actually little wider.
    And then the woodchipper's drops flare way out, so the end of the drops it's wider than the midge.

    I'm 5'11", and the width of the 44cm works fine for me. And it's sizing is kindof in the middle of the midge - a little wider here, and a little narrower there. The 46 might be completely wider than the midge?

    If you're looking for leverage though, I'm not sure if the width is the important part. To me, the length of the drop extensions is amazing. I just got back from what was probably one of my best singlespeed rides ever, and it's because I can move up and down on the drops and really muscle the bike up hill.

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    Cool man--all good info! It seems like I've seen the "really wide" comment quite a bit in my research. I haven't seen anyone say "too wide" but the fact the width is frequently mentioned makes me wonder. I also read a comment somewhere where a person who had 46's tried the 42's and thought that they weren't good for technical riding. The 44's sound like a good compromise. I think I'll give them a try!

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    Bored? Post your Drop-Bar 29er!

    Mine after my first gravel road ride today. It was muddy!



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    Bored? Post your Drop-Bar 29er!



    Drop bar SIR9 with gravel tires. Single speed 32x17


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    Recent pix

    Here are some more recent pix of mine.

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    Well it's 26 but I am indeed bored so try this set-up AND I am totally hooked. Now I can climb berty contador style, pantani style, even froomey style. I love the center of gravity change for cornering. Gotta get some bar tape soon.

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    Singular Gryphon/Salsa Fargo

    So into this bike, perfect for the kind of riding I'm into. Really looking forward to getting some new shoes built up for it. (Velocity Blunt SS)

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    Also very into this bike, loads of fun and allows me to carry too much ****.

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    Great resource of information here. Will be converting my Inbred 29er over to my mx/commuter bike. Dropping it down to a 1x9 setup and will probably go with Midges seeing as that is what I had on my Jake before I sold it and I liked them a lot. Looking for a rigid fork for it now, thinking that either the KM rigid or possibly salsa enabler to fit it. Found that Dengfu makes a straight steerer carbon fork (disc only) but at $120ish (and I am a cheap bastard) I think I will start with a steel fork. Will be running GEAX Evolution (29x1.9) shortly here and then start buying parts. Thinking I may dump the 33 from my triple and go with a 34t NW and a barend shifter.

    Still got some things to figure out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    Will be converting my Inbred 29er over to my mx/commuter bike.
    I'm hoping to build up an inbred with some cowbells, so I'd love to hear what you think of yours with drops when you get it built up.

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    Sure thing. Hope to have everything to do it within a month or so. Really pissed at these damn OG Flows. Never realized how much of a PITA it was to mount/unmount tires on these until I built my recent FS bike. If I had the money I would sell these and build something else..

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    Bored? Post your Drop-Bar 29er!-20141010_132743.jpg

    I have had this build for over a year now. I put skinny tires on it for cross and some 2.0's for out west. I rode this a ton in Moab this fall on every type of trail, gravel, pavement, Fins & Things, Gemini Bridges trail, Moab Brand Trails and had a great time on all of them.

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    This is one of the most fun bikes I have ever built!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikewerx View Post
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    I have had this build for over a year now. I put skinny tires on it for cross and some 2.0's for out west. I rode this a ton in Moab this fall on every type of trail, gravel, pavement, Fins & Things, Gemini Bridges trail, Moab Brand Trails and had a great time on all of them.

    My Cannondale F-4.
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    Avid BB7 brakes


    This is one of the most fun bikes I have ever built!

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    That looks awesome. Really nice. Is that a Ritchey stem? If so, keep an eye on it, everyone one of mine has developed cracks, and thats only on road bikes. Yeah I was thinking of selling my CX bike and doing the same with my Giant XTC drop-bar. I cant bring myself to sell it tho : (

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    So after a year and a bit of running drops on my kona, I decided that I loved it, but that I was going to end up with a neck/shoulder issue. So last week I moved all the parts over to a gryphon:





    It definitely feels nice to not be constantly stretched out. And it's too bad that it's got ugly gears on it, but it'll have to wait until spring to go ss.

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    This left the heard a few years back. It rode best with drops.
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    My gryphon, finally in summer SS mode, but still wearing the winter tires:

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    Kona Unit 2015

    Hello from Italy,
    Here my 2015 Kona Unit just built.
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    I hope to post soon some pics from the track.
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    Ok so need some advice on a rigid fork. My On-One Inbred currently has a 100mm Manitou Tower Pro on it and the bike will be swapped over to my commuter. This means changing to 1x9 with Midges and a rigid front. Want something that "looks the part" (I know dumb) like the Kona P2 or Salsa CroMoto/Firestarter. I believe the A2C on the Tower is 480mm so I would need something that size which I have only found the Firestarter. Any other recommendations?

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    Not exactly qualified as true drop-bar, but here's my El Mariachi with Origin8 drop-bar ends.

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    That's cool. I've seen people with those origin8s before, but I don't know that I've ever seen someone go all out with levers and tape.

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    Custom BOCOMO race rig. I race in the NUE 100 miler series with this. Last Saturday I was at Cohutta 100. I got 4th SS and 20th overall. It was dope, despite riding almost the whole race with no brakes. I survived though, haha.

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    2015 Kona Unit (L). In this pic CX setup, XX1 cranks 34x16 with Token Alloy wheels TRP hybrid Discs Sram Red levers= 10.2kgs


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    Normal MTB SS setup

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    More photos to come....

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    Finally got a good summer shot of my gryphon

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    I have a Singular Gryphon for sale in the classifieds! great bike and even a better deal!

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    ^ very nice. The chronicle is too big for the back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    The chronicle is too big for the back?
    yes, it is. slightly smaller and it would be ok. May try a Panaracer FBN in the future or wait for some 2.75/2.8 tire to come.

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    ^ I'm just waiting for the ardents on mine to wear out, and after that I figure I'll try an FBN (at least on the back). But there's plenty of room for the Chronicle up front?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    ^ I'm just waiting for the ardents on mine to wear out, and after that I figure I'll try an FBN (at least on the back). But there's plenty of room for the Chronicle up front?
    yes, plenty of room for the chronicle in the fork

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    Ok so need some advice on a rigid fork. My On-One Inbred currently has a 100mm Manitou Tower Pro on it and the bike will be swapped over to my commuter. This means changing to 1x9 with Midges and a rigid front. Want something that "looks the part" (I know dumb) like the Kona P2 or Salsa CroMoto/Firestarter. I believe the A2C on the Tower is 480mm so I would need something that size which I have only found the Firestarter. Any other recommendations?
    Surly Krampus is like 483mm

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    Ok so would 483mm be considered suspension corrected for a 100mm fork and 468mm be considered suspension corrected for an 80mm fork?

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    ^ a sagged 100mm Tower will be right around 483 (510-25), so yes?

    Just speaking on Inbreds, I've got the 26" version and had been running it with a 100mm fork, but I put a rigid 29er fork on it (roughly equivalent to a sagged 5" fork) and I love it. Not sure if slackening out the 29er would also be a good idea, but it's great for the 26er.

    And I got a new bar (Gary Sweep OS) for my Gryphon:



    Really digging it after just a couple of rides. Less fond of the white tape - I'd always wanted to try white when I first built it, but might end up swapping back to the old black stuff.

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    Haven't been riding 29ers much since I discovered fatbikes, but I have rediscovered the 29er format in the guise of a general purpose bike.

    You know that feeling you get on a road ride, and you spot an interesting track and your tyres and wheels are too flimsy? No longer! Stick a set of Schwalbe Big Apples on your 29er and you have the ultimate general purpose bike.

    This one is my Avanti KISS 29er. This particular day I was actually headed out on 100 mile road trip, but 30 miles in I got bored and so when I spotted a track crossing the mountains I was on it like a ferret up a drainpipe. Still managed to get 65 miles up.






    Obviously you have to be careful with slick tyres on dirt surfaces, but it just adds to the fun.

    Seeing as the Avanti worked so well, I decided to do the same to my race bike, which worked out even better.

    Yesterday I was out for a 60 mile ride in the Scottish Highlands, and seeing as I had all day, I decided to poke my nose up any track that looked like it would take me in the right direction. More than half the time was spent offroad, so that was a major score.

    Some of the riding was on singletrack, but it was a bit tricky because it was a wet day and slicks, mud, and roots aren't a good mix. (Just meant I had to be careful, not that it couldn't be ridden.) Most was gravel and rocky trackswhich would be rideable on a CX bike, but not as comfortable, and needing more care to protect rims etc.

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    Thanks to all for posting all these great photos. I'm trying to talk myself out of putting drop bars on my steel space frame jones and these pictures are making it much harder.

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    Too many are under the unfortunate impression that this is largely just a dirt road/bikepacking bike. Some try to fit a round peg in a square hole by attaching stuff like racks and panniers and other assorted impedimenta to it, which is cool, I guess....but, what people seem to be forgetting is that the Fargo is a mountain bike at its core. And when set up properly and stripped down, is an absolute blast on fast singletrack...

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    El Mariachi + Woodchippers = MonsterX bliss

    Here is the MonsterX version of my Salsa El Mariachi. Gave it the shakedown at the Old Caz Grasshopper race last weekend -- exceeded expectations! I don't have a road bike right now, so I wanted something at least for the winter that would allow me to pile on the miles... we'll see how that goes ;-)

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    monster cross rigs!! nice

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    My Fargo X7

    Outfitted with a dynamo hub, WTB Asym i29 rims and an Edelux II headlight. Bar end shifters coming eventually.

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    Soma Juice with Gator Bars and Cazaderos. 1x10 (11-36) with a 36t in front.

    Still playing with the steerer/bar height. Just finished putting it together and planning on a long ride on Saturday. Gravel, paved and singletrack!
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    Any full suspended dropbar mtb? post pic and thoughts if you have one!

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    Carbon Zaskar 29er Monstercross (?)

    Some awesome bikes on here guys!

    This is my latest fun machine. I converted it to 1x (42x11-42) and used the left brifter as my switch for my dropper post. The thing is fun as hell.

    Frame: Carbon Zaskar 29er
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    Wheels/Tires: Sun Ringle Charger Pro/Stans Tubeless/Duro 2.35 (tubeless)



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    Vassago Fisticuff...ride like the devil

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    Hi, it's my first post there

    This is my newest and most favorite bike. I was really influenced by this thread and it made me crave 29er with drops!


    I user 29er Romet Rambler frame (17") because it is shorter than usual frame. It also has two pairs of eyelets which is very useful. Now I think that ordinary length or 19" still should be fine.



    Shortened setup for this bike is:

    Rock Shox Reba Dual Air tapered 20 mm
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    I've got a Dean Colonel (29er) with Niner RDO fork. Was pondering converting as I find drops more comfortable and tend to ride more gravel than trails. Not sure if I should dump the $900 or so for bars, shifters and drivetrain only to find the fit is unpleasant. Any thoughts on determining if a given bike will be a good candidate. Plan B would be to sell it and buy a Fargo.

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    I tried to make a copy of Fargo in tweet terms of geometry. Length of TT + stem was just the same as in M size (I'm 5'10,5"). It felt it was way too short, I had to extend stem by 2 cm.

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    For those of you who ride these bikes on the road and have actual road bikes: how much do you feel like you're giving up with a converted 29er versus a relaxed geometry road bike (i.e. the current generation gravel bikes)? I'll assume that I choose reasonably appropriate tires.

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    We the people ...

    I own road bike, randonneur road bike, vintage mtb converted to drop bars and 29er posted above. I think higher position in converted 29er is not an issue when you are using proper wide tires with aggressive tread. You are just riding slower and will not much from lower handlebar position.

    Dirt drop is sill significantly more aero than flat bar

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    Niner RLT Ultegra

    Hi all,

    Just like Wood_dweller, this is my fist post and this thread helped me decide what kind of new bike I would like to replace my beloved stolen Badboy Ultra.

    So here is my new Niner RLT9 Ultegra:

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    I am actually thinking of changing the bar to get a bit of flare but I don't know how much of it I'd like. I just know that a Kona Rove's flared bar (12deg) already feels better... I'll try and find different options to have in hands in NYC before buying.

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    Hi Kittens&cobras,

    I am not an experienced bike tech and don't know the Colonel well, but from my experience with a Cannondale Badboy Ultra, I think the most important thing to convert your MTB to drop-bar is the stem. I had to find a much shorter stem with a dramatic angle on the badboy to make it feel good.
    I also kept the MTB controls as the drops were just meant to put my head down and hammer it on my commute. I guess this would allow you to try the drops without any groupset component change.

    That said, being spoiled with hydraulic discs for over 10 years, I didn't want cables for my new bike. I went with a complete Ultegra cyclocross hydraulic groupset and I find it amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NiKo11238 View Post
    I am actually thinking of changing the bar to get a bit of flare but I don't know how much of it I'd like. I just know that a Kona Rove's flared bar (12deg) already feels better... I'll try and find different options to have in hands in NYC before buying.
    Hi! Very nice bike. As you can see I am using Salsa Woodchipper. In previous bike I was using On One Midge and I felt pain in my wrists. Woodchipper is very comfortable because of smaller flare. I didn't expect such a big difference. I think for bike like yours (not "pure" mtb ) 12 deg. should be perfect.

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    Just finished building this up. Redline Monobelt (sans belt, so Monocog really), currently set up as dinglespeed (32x22; 36x18; third cog on the hub is just acting as a spacer) and running 2.4 Racing Ralphs with just a hair clearance in the back.. Still waiting for a rigid fork to come in.

    First time running dirt drops, not planning any real tech but it'll see some trails here and there.

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    FitWell Schratz

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    Pictured in 27.5, this bike uses a 29 wheels in the size medium and up.

    Check it on Kickstarter this December

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    Nice looking Redline, michel77.

    I just put my old Reba on the Fargo and set up some tubeless Maxxis Forekaster tires on WTB Asym i29 rims:

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    My Cove Hummer 650 BJ x 29er setup

    Frame:Cove Hummer 650BJ Ti
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    Quote Originally Posted by cackalacky View Post
    Nice looking Redline, michel77.

    I just put my old Reba on the Fargo and set up some tubeless Maxxis Forekaster tires on WTB Asym i29 rims:

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    Sorry if I'm kind of late, what kind of bars are you running and how is it handling off road?

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    Keep em coming! Thinking something like this for my next project. A ridid 29er with a suspension fork or Lefty with either drop, woodchipper or Jones bars. May be leaning more toward gravel than trails, but could just be a matter of changing tires. I think light weight wheels and build are the key, while still running wide enough rims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyFiggz View Post
    Sorry if I'm kind of late, what kind of bars are you running and how is it handling off road?

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    Oops, just saw your post. They are the stock Woodchippers on the X7 Fargo. I haven't had them on singletrack, only dirt roads. Just after I put the susp. fork on I had to put my riding on hold for a while.

    Anyway, I find them pretty comfortable. I have neck pain sometimes and being able to move hand positions helps with that. The only issue is that lever position is not ideal. If you want to improve the reach from the drops, you have to lower the levers and that puts the hoods at an odd angle.

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    Just went to a home bar to avoid that issue specifically and get more upright

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    Bored? Post your Drop-Bar 29er!

    My SIR 9 with Woodchippers... Love it!

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    The bars may be too low for singletrack, but perfect for snow-covered gravel roads

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    Just took an updated pic of mine today:


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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Just took an updated pic of mine today:

    You have been a major inspiration for my latest project. I wish I had a better picture. But, more are coming soon. I'm just dialing it in. So far, the biggest draw back has been the brakes. Bored? Post your Drop-Bar 29er!-20170121_221343.jpg

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    ^ thanks. That's a unit?

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    Yes, it's 15 inch, 35mm worth of spacers and a 70mm 35* orign8 stem. I'm thinking that the levers could go lower to give me a wider profile in the hoods and the hooks. But, it's impossible to get the bb7s 1/3 to 2/3 spacing on it. The brakes squeal terribly but stop and skid on a dime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plussa View Post
    My SIR 9 with Woodchippers... Love it!

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    The bars may be too low for singletrack, but perfect for snow-covered gravel roads
    Hey Plussa, I'm building mine now with same bars - just ordered a 50mm +6deg stem with 10mm spacer underneath - hoping it comes up ok for Single Track - how is yours riding on the rough stuff?

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    Just finished this beauty!

    Completely custom 2017 Surly Ogre using Rival shifters and wide-range rear mech, X0 front and 35mm wide Dt-swiss wheels w/ G-One Speed tubeless 2.35in tires. Came out really nice I think!

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    You'll love those G-Ones...they are light and roll so well. Lots of width for riding over the rough stuff too! I've ridden a mixed terrain century on them with no problem!
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshhan View Post
    You'll love those G-Ones...they are light and roll so well. Lots of width for riding over the rough stuff too! I've ridden a mixed terrain century on them with no problem!
    I havent been able to take them out more than a few miles, but I agree they roll amazingly. I was thinking about doing some long-distance mixed terrain rides with this bike myself

    I really like your Soma btw, it was a tossup for me between the Surly and the Soma and I thought the geometry on the Ogre was a little better suited for drop-bars and loaded touring (once I figure out some good fireroads to take through a few nearby national forests). The Soma has far superior steel to my Surly's though

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    I am really digging the setups. How do you deal with reach? How short of a stem on a Salsa El Mariachi would be OK. The frame is a large and I have an 80mm stem now. I would think to get comfortable in the drops and be able to have good brake lever reach I would have to go somewhat shorter.

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    I have a size small Karate Monkey, wanted the shorter top tube, the stem is a 25 deg 80 mm Salsa Guide with 20 mm of spacers underneath: The reach is not a problem but the height (but calling it a problem would be too dramatic).
    So I'm getting a 35 deg 90 mm stem, was even considering a 110 mm.
    The former setup was 80 mm 0 deg stem with a 20 mm rise bar.
    You'll want the drops as your main riding position so getting a slightly longer, but hi-rise stem seems to be the way to go. Post pics when you're done please! cheers
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    Ok, that makes total sense. Once I tried to put a drop bar on my commuter but the reach was too much. Having said that I was thinking “road bike” logic and judging that by the hoods. I can see how using the drops as the reach reference makes more sense on an MTB bike.

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    In search of geometry advice...

    Earlier this spring I built up a bike out of spare/used parts along with some cheap Chinese parts to cover things I didn't have sitting around.

    The original intent was to use it for testing out the local cx scene this season as well as gravel grinding, urban exploring, and some tame singletrack.

    After taking it out for a handful of rides, I can't believe how fun this bike is. It's unlike anything I've ever ridden. Surprisingly capable on the singletrack yet just sketchy enough to keep things lively and interesting.

    However, there are a couple details I'm not thrilled with.
    1. The rigid fork. (too slack and too big)
    2. The reach to the hoods. (too long)

    In my opinion, the fork is just too slacked out and looks wrong on the bike. It also makes for a super long wheelbase. I understand the distance between the top of the tire and underside of the fork is there because normally this would be replacing a suspension fork. Instead of leaving room for travel, there is now a gap. On a mtb this is great for retaining the original geometry but for my specific build, I don't really need the original bb clearance and would prefer a bit more twitch to the steering. I also hate the way it looks, specifically, the distance from the tire to the down tube.

    That being said, what are my options? Could a 26" rigid fork fit a 29" wheel since there isn't any suspension travel? If so, I'd need a tapered steerer and disc brake mounts. Not sure where I'd find one?

    Second, the reach is just too far to the hoods. I have my seat all the way forward for the moment and it's still too far. (My knees would also hate me if I rode any significant distance) Obviously the frame's reach was designed around flat bars. My bars already have a very short reach. Besides a super short stem, what other options do I have here?

    Thanks for any input!

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    Highball, Cowchippers, Tektro hydro, 2x11 with Microshift barends.

    I ride to trails from home.

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    Here's my Haro Mary, with modified origin8 Gary bars - I added extensions to the drop section (used a donor Profile aero bar). Liking the drops as I'm a roadie, but a thinking about giving the original on-one mary bars another go....

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