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    The single consolidated official drop bar thread

    Edited for clarity, I hope

    There are some drop bar bikes that are set up really well and some that aren't. I'm hoping the ones that are set up really well predominate in this thread. I see some bikes posted in other forums that are really bad and it would be nice for folks to be able to find properly set up drop bar bikes in one place as a reference of sorts. VRCers seem to have the hang of setting up dirt drops. I know there are a few styles of offroad drop bars, and people have different preferences, but generally proper dirt drop bar setup fall in a pretty narrow range.

    Enough people ask about this topic in this forum, and you see plenty of people using drops these days on new bikes, how about nice repository for properly set up bikes, vintage or otherwise, with drop bars. Let's include links to external resources like Shiggy's and Guitar Ted's, good photos of 'proper' setup, philosophy, anything that will help the newb when they decide to try drop bars offroad.

    http://mtbtires.com/site2/features/3...-ride-dropbars

    http://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com...ng-part-i.html
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    Furst!

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    Seek: Old Mtn. Goat Bar Stem Combo.

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    Seek: Old Mtn. Goat Bar Stem Combo.

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    It's a touring bike, but they are mountain drops and it is a trail pic.
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    Nice start.

    Maybe a little more bike in each picture. Especialliy the ham
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    Quote Originally Posted by IF52
    Nice start.

    Maybe a little more bike in each picture. Especialliy the ham
    I thought the focus was the Dirt Drop Setup....

    Personaly I was admiring how each bike so far has a little different variable to the cable routing......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer
    I thought the focus was the Dirt Drop Setup....

    Personaly I was admiring how each bike so far has a little different variable to the cable routing......
    Yeah, pretty much, but it is kind of hard to get a really good idea of setup with just a snap of the bars. That picture of the Ritchey with the saddle visible is nice because it shows the bar to saddle relationship.

    It seems like a lot of folks when they first try to set up a drop bar bike wind up with the bars too low and with too long a stem. My first attemptin the early 90s was like that. I could barely reach the hoods and felt like my nose was on the stem bolt because the drops were so low.
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    Here's a link to a couple of the other pretty stacked drop bar threads:

    Any vintage drop-bar MTBs out there?

    Drop bars - Let's see em and opinions


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    Ah, damn. My search skilz suck. I was looking for those. I forgot I was the one started that one or I would have bumped it back up. Sorry.
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    Original setup with RM-3s:


    Newer setup with RM-2s:



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    I love that ibis
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    Quote Originally Posted by IF52
    I love that ibis

    Yep. One of my fave Ibis' too.
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    Between the RM-2s and RM-3s which do you prefer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IF52
    Ah, damn. My search skilz suck. I was looking for those. I forgot I was the one started that one or I would have bumped it back up. Sorry.

    Haha, ya I was gonna call you out on that.


    This one has 'official' in the title....so MCS should put this in the main VRC sticky up top for reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    Between the RM-2s and RM-3s which do you prefer?
    The RM-2s felt instantly comfortable and familiar even after riding some 20+ yrs with the RM-3s. At first I was worried about the increased width of the RM-2s on tight trails, but that doesn't seem to be an issue. My RM-2s had been cut down an inch to accommodate barcons which helps a bit.

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    the ibis is so hot. it's my fave bike in this forum.
    want: Ibis ti handlebar. suntour 31.8 front derr. bottom pull

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    the ibis is so hot. it's my fave bike in this forum.
    The guys at Ibis were sure doing some nice work in those days. This bike was from the time when it was still a three man operation - Scot, Wes Williams, and the painter Lawrence. Although Scot painted this one himself.

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    I second the petition for this as a sticky, but IF--why not edit your first post into a compendium of the collective wisdom regarding fit and drop bar mtbs, some links to the previous threads, and other such business?
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    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Comment moved up as suggested.
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    Sorry--I can clarify--

    I meant all of it
    Sort of like the other stickies, this thread could be a crash course for drop bars. Grab the links to the other threads, maybe write a short primer (or pull one from the other other threads) explaining the reasoning behind offroad drop bar fit. Your second paragraph in the post above sound like a good intro.

    Might be worth tossing in some other links from around the web. Then perhaps this thread CAN act as a consolidated drop bar thread and serve as a resource to people who google themselves to the VRC.

    Guitar Ted's write-up is probably useful to include a link to:
    http://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com...ng-part-i.html
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    Well...the mod could in theory merge all the threads into one.
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    i got one..
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    want: Ibis ti handlebar. suntour 31.8 front derr. bottom pull

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    Drop Bars, Not Acid....

    Sorry, flashback to a less militant time.
    No idea on history of this bike+how it ended up w the current parts buildup. Got it from a friend in a trade.
    But, it really rides nice, has an almost plush give to it , especially descending.....I was pleasantly surprised....Comfy climber also, very peppy(even when I'm not)
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