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    Vintage build bar questions.

    For those that have been in the scene since the 90's...I need some help. I'm building up a mid 90's Bontrager CX that has been hanging for far too long. Shooting for era correct build, I've settled on most of the spec, with the exception of the bars. I lean towards 44-46 and short and shallow. I wasn't into the road or CX scene back then so I'm somewhat clueless as to what was available. If it's info you need, I'll be running Ultegra 6403 levers and 64 series 8 speed bar ends.

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    There weren't too many cross specific bars then. Maybe WTB or Specialized, rebranded WTB, would do. Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    There weren't too many cross specific bars then. Maybe WTB or Specialized, rebranded WTB, would do. Good luck
    ^^ this. 'cross pretty much hit its nadir in the mid 90's in this country. There were a few super niche weird things floating around but probably the MOST common 'cross specific mid-90s drop bar configuration I recall seeing was 8-speed twist shifters retrofitted onto a standard crit bend bar - you cut a few cm off the ends of the drops prior to installing the twist shifters to prevent the extra length interfering with your knees.

    Salsa Bell Laps would look period appropriate too if you don't want to go retro dorko with the twist shifter option.

    probably 60% of the guys I remember racing 'cross in those days, at least in local series, raced their old steel rigid flat bar 26" junkers. And courses were pretty much winter MTB races; here is where the term "jungle cross" originated from, actually. Guys racing imported drop bar Euro rigs were often at a distinct disadvantage, which is why so many rules about course configurations actually came into being, if you ever wondered.

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    I have the Soma Highway One bar. Classic look with modern reach and drop. Heavy but looks nice!

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    I ended up with some 3TT Forma's. 44w-76r-152d. Ergo bend, cable grooves and mid 90's vintage from what I understand. Pretty modern looking actually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    I ended up with some 3TT Forma's. 44w-76r-152d. Ergo bend, cable grooves and mid 90's vintage from what I understand. Pretty modern looking actually.
    Sounds like a good choice. Post some pictures as build progresses. Good luck
    1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992 Stumpjumpers. 1995 Waterford 1200, 1999 Waterford RSE, plus a garage full of steel frames.

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