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    Barend Drops

    Anyone used these:Amazon.com: Origin 8 Bicycle Drop Bar Ends, Black: Sports & Outdoors

    Do you think it would be a problem using these in conjunction with normal mountain bike brakes & shifters? If I use these it would save me a lot of money while allowing me to try out CX and upgrade my mountain bike (buy new brakes for it and put the avid discs on the "cross" bike.

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    I don't think it would a problem per sey, but you wouldn't be able to brake or shift from the drops like a normal curl handlebar. But as far as seeing how much you'd use such a setup or it being temporary, why not? I would just be aware that you won't get the full benefit since it is self limiting on the lack of braking & shifting from that position.
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    Would you say that you would brake more on the road than on the dirt?

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    I probably would skip those drops and just ride a flat bar setup. Cross is not high-speed, so aerodynamics really aren't that big of a deal. Plus a race is short enough that you really don't need multiple hand positions, just a high tolerance for pain & pushing yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unrooted View Post
    Would you say that you would brake more on the road than on the dirt?
    Not necessarily but I wouldn't want to run curls that way. Personal comfort level thing. Probably why I wasn't fond of aero bars. Mine didn't have brakes on them. I like to be able to grab a brake or feather off speed without moving my hands a lot. And I tend to ride CX in the drops, so brakes are a must in that position for me(not gears since I ride SS).
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    Those drop-bar-ends are not going to replicate a proper drop bar very well. Assuming you have a modern width handlebar on your mtn bike, those drops will be way too wide (apart) to be comfortable. A road/cross drop bar is only 42-46 cm wide (roughly). Most modern mtn bike flat/riser handlebars are more like 65+ cm wide... its a big difference.

    Long story shot, i'd strongly suggest against them...

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    yeah those look a little janky to me. I would not get those. they are cool and could be something that would be fine for a time but I think you would just end up going the road bar route anyways. I think you'd be better looking for an old rigid mountain bike that is your size on craigs and to put some newer shifters on it or something....

    I would probably just either do that or get road drops and shifters

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