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    Quote Originally Posted by sbsbiker View Post
    As for good brakes...With the cross world going to disc brakes, a monster cross w/ 29er wheels and hydro disc brakes could be a reality in the near future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pulser View Post
    Why didn't you just use a 2x10 crankset?
    I suppose I should've mentioned this is my gravel grinder bike, not an XC bike, and my gearing needs are different.

    I tried a 26x38 double paired with an 11x28 road cassette. The low gear was fine, but the 38x11 wasn't big enough, and the derailleur was too far from the cassettes to shift well. I could've just mounted the 11x34 cassette to fix that, but then i would have a uselessly low low gear and I would still have the big gear issue.

    I thought about mounting a larger outer ring, but the inner ring on a 2x10 uses a 64mm bolt circle, can't get a big enough 64mm ring to pair with a 42 or 44 outer ring and still have it shift as it should. Well, not for a reasonable price. I already had the triple, so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by millertm View Post
    Those are bb5 not hydros

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    I realize this is a old thread, but if any body is still interested. I have been racing in the NUE 100 miler series with drop bars on my bike since the last two races of 2013 and for all of last year and now this year. I also raced all of my local mtb races last year with drops. Salsa Cowbells to be exact which are closer to a road bar than a dirt drop. As long as your flexible enough and don't need to wear glasses its awesome. Or like me and wear glasses anyway. In January of 2014 I broken my hip so my power wasn't there (as much as I wanted it to be), but as far as handling I was dropping guys on full suspension down long technical descents at Shenandoah Mountain 100 in 2014.

    I just did Cohutta 100 last Saturday and was 4th SS and 20th overall. Which granted Cohutta has a crazy amount of gravel, but it was raining all the night before and the first 15 miles of single track were trashed. It was just like racing CX.

    As far as earlier comments about using a boner stem my answer to that is only if your not flexible. A 29er already has such a tall front end and if you run a 100mm travel fork then its just that much taller. I run my stem pretty low actually.

    I'm broke so I don't have the brakes that I want, but I first used BB7's and they were less than confident on long tech descents. Now I got TRP Spyres which are better, but could still use a hydro version for more power.

    Here is my bike now minus the dumb red bartape, and a pic of me at a local race on another bike I had set up last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peatmoss View Post
    I realize this is a old thread, but if any body is still interested. I have been racing in the NUE 100 miler series with drop bars on my bike since the last two races of 2013 and for all of last year and now this year. I also raced all of my local mtb races last year with drops. Salsa Cowbells to be exact which are closer to a road bar than a dirt drop. As long as your flexible enough and don't need to wear glasses its awesome. Or like me and wear glasses anyway. In January of 2014 I broken my hip so my power wasn't there (as much as I wanted it to be), but as far as handling I was dropping guys on full suspension down long technical descents at Shenandoah Mountain 100 in 2014.

    I just did Cohutta 100 last Saturday and was 4th SS and 20th overall. Which granted Cohutta has a crazy amount of gravel, but it was raining all the night before and the first 15 miles of single track were trashed. It was just like racing CX.

    As far as earlier comments about using a boner stem my answer to that is only if your not flexible. A 29er already has such a tall front end and if you run a 100mm travel fork then its just that much taller. I run my stem pretty low actually.

    I'm broke so I don't have the brakes that I want, but I first used BB7's and they were less than confident on long tech descents. Now I got TRP Spyres which are better, but could still use a hydro version for more power.

    Here is my bike now minus the dumb red bartape, and a pic of me at a local race on another bike I had set up last year.

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    Thanks for brining this back up. I still haven't built a drop bar mountain bike. But I do now have a Tomac 29r hard tail frame ready for parts. Now that we have road disc brakes with shifters I am trying to figure out how I can make it work.

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    If you plan on using a mountain bike triple crankset the integrated road shifters just don't work. I would plan around a 1x setup just to make it easier and lighter.

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