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    New question here. How to convert road bike to mtn bar setup?

    Am thinking about purchasing a road bike with either Shimano Ultegra or Dura Ace 10 speed drive trains. I want to convert the road bars to upright mtn bars, thus I need to change the shifters & brake levers over to normal mtn bike components. Will the new XTR or XT Dyna-Sys 10 speed shifters work on the road derailleurs? Has anyone "out there" done it? How well/flawless does the conversion work? The idea is to have a fast ride with more of a "cafe" upright seated position. I'm over 60 and am used to a mtn bike riding position.
    Thanks in advance!

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    Dyna Sys does not work with 10 speed road, but Shimano does make an Ultegra level flat bar road shifter set.
    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...3&category=771

    You'll then need cantilever levers, here are the matching Shimano versions
    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...2&category=668

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmarquardt
    Am thinking about purchasing a road bike with either Shimano Ultegra or Dura Ace 10 speed drive trains. I want to convert the road bars to upright mtn bars, thus I need to change the shifters & brake levers over to normal mtn bike components. Will the new XTR or XT Dyna-Sys 10 speed shifters work on the road derailleurs? Has anyone "out there" done it? How well/flawless does the conversion work? The idea is to have a fast ride with more of a "cafe" upright seated position. I'm over 60 and am used to a mtn bike riding position.
    Thanks in advance!
    I know this is totally off the topic of your question but have you considered getting a road bike properly fitted through a dealer that has specific training in that area? My road bike was set up by the shop in my town that deals with most of the pro road/olympians/TT guys in the area and the setup is awsomely efficient and comfortable.

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    You could also just buy a "fitness" road/hybrid bike that is exactly what your looking for. Most major brands make them.

    And FYI a road bikes geo is designed around a drop bar, specifically the TT length, so take that into account if you do decide to do the conversion.

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    Just purchase a flat bar road bike instead of a road bike with the curly bars. Frame geometry is similar, components are road components, but usually has a flat bar and adjustable stem.

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    Thanks for all your answers & thoughts concerning my drive train question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    Dyna Sys does not work with 10 speed road, but Shimano does make an Ultegra level flat bar road shifter set.
    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...3&category=771

    You'll then need cantilever levers, here are the matching Shimano versions
    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...2&category=668
    You also have to change the front derailure:

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...3&category=696

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