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    Bored? Post your Drop-Bar 29er!

    There's nothing to it. Post pictures of your drop bar equipped 29er.

    If you like bikes with drops, there are a few threads on MTBR to peruse, but there's no Drop-Bar MTB thread on the 29er board that I can find. Lets start one.

    If you ride off-road in the hooks, post your ride up here! If you'd like to share your experiences and lessons learned while converting to or riding in drops, it would be a boon to others, so enlighten us.

    Here's my '07 Unit, recently converted to WTB drop bars.




    I used as much of the steerer as I could, and a 25 degree, 110mm 'Uno' stem (It's probably a Kalloy). I could use another 5-10mm of steerer, but I'm 98% happy with the bars where they are, and I don't have a problem riding in the drops exclusively. A Midge bar would get the hands higher, but I have XXL gloves and they won't fit (Sorry, Brant, I tried). I might install another rigid fork one day and I'll leave myself a bit more steerer if I do. Could someone extrapolate on the whole headset loading issue for me. I've had some difficulty setting the bearing since I moved all the stem spacers to the bottom.

    I wanted to run full cables, and did, but I wish I had another cm or two of rear brake housing. It was tight on my 20" frame with the length supplied in the Shimano DIY kit. The bars can't rotate much past 90 degrees however so I don't see it being a problem.

    I whipped the bar tape with hemp and weatherproofed (the hemp only) with clear shellac. I also added some hemp twine that my sister gave me to the top-tube to secure the housing, I like it better than stick-on guides plus it acts like a top-tube pad of sorts.

    And the ride? It takes some getting used to, but I love it so far. It really got more weight on the front of the bike without putting it all on my hands. My weight seems to be more evenly distributed across my upper body muscles as well. Regardless, I now rail turns. Good times.

    Here's a couple of ride pics to round out the post. If you decide to post, please add a couple of ride pics as well.




    If this isn't enough for you, here's the Mostercross threads,

    https://forums.mtbr.com/singlespeed/monster-cross-bikes-creeping-towards-world-domination-192307.html
    https://forums.mtbr.com/29er-bikes/i-beg-you-more-monstercross-355649.html

    Ink1373's awesome and varied flikr collection of drop-bar dirt bikes,

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/288099...7606306503239/

    a Monstercross tire discussion,

    https://forums.mtbr.com/29er-components/all-monster-cross-sized-tires-market-432707.html

    And my Monstercross bikes:

    https://forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php...3&postcount=18

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    This has now got a Jones bar on it.


    But I'm waiting for a prototype drop bar specific frame and fork from Sam at Singular Cycles which should be with me in the next few days.



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    Nice, SSStu!

    I'm jealous. Be sure to post up your Singular when it arrives. I think the general consensus 'round here is that they're beautifully built and finished bikes. I know I want one!

    The one above with the panels matching the leather is stunning!

    You say you're waiting for a prototype, is there a new model other than the Swift or Peregrine in the pipeline or updates to the current offerings?

    Thanks for posting!

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    EDIT: Just read the Singular site, looks like there's lots of new stuff on the way, be sure to keep us posted!!
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    the daughter's singular:

    here:


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    old guy on a strong:


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    Thanks, T mon T, nice additions!
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    You say you're waiting for a prototype, is there a new model other than the Swift or Peregrine in the pipeline or updates to the current offerings?

    There sure is.

    The frame and fork I'm waiting for is called the Gryphon.

    It's very similar to the Swift but with a longer head tube to allow for running a brop bar.

    I'll be posting up plenty of pictures of it as soon as it arrives and I'm sure Sam will be along shortly to answer any questions you may have.

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    the fabulous blue drop-bar singular that my daughter is racing and is posted above is likewise a drop-bar-specific frame by sam. it is a super-small gryphon, dubbed "hummingbird" ( before the newer 69er hummingbird ). she is 5'4". this bike is indeed most kick-ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T mon T
    the fabulous blue drop-bar singular that my daughter is racing and is posted above is likewise a drop-bar-specific frame by sam. it is a super-small gryphon, dubbed "hummingbird" ( before the newer 69er hummingbird ). she is 5'4". this bike is indeed most kick-ass.

    I believe it's also the sister frame to this cute little pink Singular.


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    Quote Originally Posted by singlespeedstu

    But I'm waiting for a prototype drop bar specific frame and fork from Sam at Singular Cycles which should be with me in the next few days.

    Made in England too! Nice to see the Big Wheels being made here

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    nice. altho, no drops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . c'mon now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonesetter2004
    Made in England too! Nice to see the Big Wheels being made here
    Not quite.
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    Designed here, but not made here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T mon T
    nice. altho, no drops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . c'mon now.

    But the blue Swift has drop bars and hydrolic brakes which kind of makes up for it.

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    Drop Bar Trio



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    Custom Pofahl single speed



    Karate Monkey, my first 29"er, with drops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlespeedstu
    Not quite.
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    Designed here, but not made here.
    Oh well, designed here is good enough.

    Just great to see the 29er being 'made' in more & more countries other than just the US - and one with such great asthetics too

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    I love the looks of a burly, drop-bar equipped bike, but my hands and back usually end up suffering. Whenever I ride bikes, be it mtb, cross, road, or whatever, there's always a little voice in my head that says "Jump it!". Methinks that's why I end up sore.

    Anyways, here's my old Monkey (which I sold):



    listenin' to the voice:





    here's el Jamis, but after not too long, I took off the bars and put Marys on it:


    I plan to build my Chester with the Midge or WTBs, but I suspect it'll hurt my back and I'll switch put the Jones H-bar back on. My plan is to take it chill on the Chester for dirt and road mixed rides, and probably throw a rack on it to discourage any extra-terrestial activity.
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    Nice adds, Drevil! Puttin' the drop in drop-bar!

    I was going to ask if anyone thought drop-bars were a liability when jumping, but I think you answered my question...nice pics. I've been getting used to, and enjoying, the feeling of jumping in the drops, I just haven't tackled any really technical terrain yet. I think I'll drive to the trails this weekend if the rain and flurries hold off.

    Also, cool left-side-fixxed Jamis. I'm sure it looks pretty sweet w/the Jones bar as well. Is it a polo-bike or an off-road fix?

    Keep 'em comin', everyone! Some great photos so far!

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    hey stu !!

    hey man, what exactly is that drop/hyro set-up you are rockin there ??

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    Here's a photo of my Fat Front Matt Chester build. I put it together specifically for this "ride" - PSSWC08
    I've ridden it once so far and I pretty much giggled the whole time.

    The second photo is of course how it "normally" looks.

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    Um, WOW. Insert expressive emoticon here. That Chester is beautiful, esp in fat-front form.
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    Not bored.

    But I *can* contribute.

    My first real off-roadable drop bar bike was my Willits B2. Rode it for the better part of '03-'04 like this.
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    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/SfXXFKwRXd_xnKmtgKlE5A?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/SQEU5_5ispI/AAAAAAAAEog/asZSEnHhNEo/s800/P2010002.JPG" /></a>

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/gQjiyj4Qc9A0Agtcy4zB0w?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/SQEU6tGSibI/AAAAAAAAEoo/C3xc1n_X2kM/s800/PB300013.JPG" /></a>

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/c1Vdat-0UFdLbr-MwyW6gQ?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/SQEU66eLf8I/AAAAAAAAEow/oJOx843KiUo/s800/mfwhe.JPG" /></a>

    Learned a lot from that bike and that year. Primarily that my hands are permanently scarred from years of racing in a too-low 'ricky-racer' cockpit position, such that riding on drop bars (any drop bars with any stem length/rise you can dream up combined with any padding/tape/foam and glove combo you can dream up) is a relatively painful proposition unless I'm climbing. I also learned that the relative narrowness of drop bars makes it difficult to get enough leverage to climb or descend tech trails in these parts. It can certainly be done (tho' I never see anyone locally on drops) but it's not nearly as much fun as riding with a more traditional hand position.

    Lastly, I learned that when I ride dirt roads and atv tracks on this type of bike, I prefer a rigid fork and a little give out back--exactly the opposite of the B2.

    So I sold it. Then spent a few years enjoying all of my traditional handlebar FS bikes while letting the idea of a drop bar bike fester in my brain.

    I knew what I wanted it to do, but it took some time to puzzle out how to get there.

    Here's 'there'.
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/TfEhKlKa7cH3iOrdqhr1fA?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/R6kCV1k6IqI/AAAAAAAABfk/lMxBrGttonY/s800/mx2e.jpg" /></a>

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/qR4gktmIuOmDN7yGH54_aA?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/R6kCWFk6IrI/AAAAAAAABfs/GAp_CyPrcCs/s800/mx3e.jpg" /></a>

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/5Fr8DdHpDrvH2mmEs56pwg?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/R6kCWlk6IsI/AAAAAAAABf0/55dywZPBlr8/s800/mx4e.jpg" /></a>

    Drop bars, disc brakes, a little bit of rear squish, currently riding road with it using 23mm tires, but plenty of room front and rear for 2.5's. Although I spend more time on several other bikes throughout the year, this one gets more miles put on it by far.

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/zapI55YpKtuDIUsUHjC8Pg?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/R6kCW1k6ItI/AAAAAAAABf8/U8vAeqqr6Uc/s800/mx5e.jpg" /></a>

    I use it for CX, XC, and combo dirt/pavement rides,
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/cPsQgBR08vkrjfCGVmq_bg?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/SPV873RdMNI/AAAAAAAAEkU/uIKNmsaqvsk/s800/mfrd%20017c.jpg" /></a>

    I also use it for very mellow ST rides and all winter long when the roads are snow and ice packed and having a low pressure tubeless 2.3 on there is the ideal tire for the conditions.
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/amSCR7NvXtxS_xsndqgdBA?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="https://lh5.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/R6_j6xVqVMI/AAAAAAAABhI/tEZcQi9Sghk/s800/cxim.jpg" /></a>

    It is a great bike. Monstercross? Drop bar MTB?

    I don't really care what name gets attached to it. To me, it's a great BIKE.

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    I don't really have anything to add that hasn't been posted already, but I looooove a good drop bar thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ink1373
    I looooove a good drop bar thread.
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    Thanks, MC. Great adds.

    Beautiful photos as usual. Is the last photo recent? I know you encountered ice on your last alpine ride report, was there snow this time? We've had some sleet here (I'm onthe CDN east coast, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence) but no snow yet.

    Nice stem and fork on that Moots. Truly a beautiful BIKE.

    I'm not too interested in coming up with a hard-n'-fast definition of drop-bar 29er/Monstercross/etc. either (all are welcome here) but I thought the Monstercross thread was lacking in the more MTB influenced builds.

    Also, +1 on the width issue. If I wasn't riding drops, I would prob have gone w/the Salsa 710mm/17* AL bars. I'm pretty broad-shouldered, so we'll see how the drops serve me over the long term. Anyone else want some wider MTB drop-bar selection? Salsa, are you listening?

    Welcome, Ink1373, and thanks lots for the flickr album, It's been a source of inspiration!

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    Wily, no longer mine, from '05:
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/atemryeats/2969423190/" title="Midge 002 by AteMrYeats, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3241/2969423190_e7c40057d8.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Midge 002" /></a>

    Retrotec which currently has cross tires and a regular drop bar as opposed to the midge:
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    Have a look here

    As promised some pics of my new Singular Gryphon..

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLONG
    Welcome, Ink1373, and thanks lots for the flickr album, It's been a source of inspiration!
    Then it has accomplished it's purpose. Good good good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T mon T
    hey man, what exactly is that drop/hyro set-up you are rockin there ??
    It's not on my bike it's on a friends Singular Swift.

    They're Formula brakes that he's moded to work on the drops.


    It involved making a new clamp and some work on the lever I think

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    Mine doesn't really count I guess. I just have ridden it like a 29er. I wouldn't take it everywhere that I take my Mamasita.

    Surly Steamroller with 32c 'cross tires.

    My SIR9 will likely be a drop-bar niner when it gets built up again.

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    Mike, what kind of bar tape/foam is that on your bar? Also, who made the stem, that is sweet! Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txmtb
    Mike, what kind of bar tape/foam is that on your bar? Also, who made the stem, that is sweet! Thanks.
    It's the ESI road bar stuff. Not sure what it's called but it's a PITA to install. Worth the pain so far--pretty comfy and doesn't seem too cold in winter.

    The stem was made by Brad Bingham--creative fabricator extraordinaire at Moots.

    Cheers,

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    if I posted my cx bikes

    as 'drop bar rigid 29ers' would they count?

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    I believe this is more of a Monstercross thread than a Drop-Bar 29er

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    Thanks for the reply Mike

    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    It's the ESI road bar stuff. Not sure what it's called but it's a PITA to install. Worth the pain so far--pretty comfy and doesn't seem too cold in winter.

    The stem was made by Brad Bingham--creative fabricator extraordinaire at Moots.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaintPeelinPbody
    I believe this is more of a Monstercross thread than a Drop-Bar 29er
    What would inspire you to say that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaintPeelinPbody
    I believe this is more of a Monstercross thread than a Drop-Bar 29er

    That's such a fine line, I hardly think it matters. As segmented as bicycle marketing has become, I like to think bikes are like songs; there's only two kinds and I like the good ones.

    Keep the pics comin' fellers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil
    I love the looks of a burly, drop-bar equipped bike, but my hands and back usually end up suffering.

    I used to be a huge Midge fan, rode 'em exclusively for 18+ months. An increase in skills, and acquisition of suspension, made me realize the limits of the bars, and know my Leviathan is equipped (for the foreseeable future) with risers and Ergons.

    I do miss the flared drops, tho. My KM, as pictured below, was not the most technically expedient, but was really damn fun. I'll be getting a Gary bar soon to bring it back in this form.

    (Picture by Bear, on Munds in Sedona last winter. Man was that a fun day!)
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    My Midge'd Monkey. Magnanimous mobile merriment.
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    My Fargo

    A few shots from last Friday's commute to work and one from Boulder Canyon.
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    Nice commute.

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    Oooo! I was hoping some Fargos would start showing up on this thread!

    Thanks, GnatBikes.

    Any other Fargo owners want to post up?
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    Great bikes, MikeSee. What's the scoop on the Moots fork 'crown'. I don't see too many built like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
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    I use it for CX, XC, and combo dirt/pavement rides,
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/cPsQgBR08vkrjfCGVmq_bg?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/SPV873RdMNI/AAAAAAAAEkU/uIKNmsaqvsk/s800/mfrd%20017c.jpg" /></a>

    I also use it for very mellow ST rides and all winter long when the roads are snow and ice packed and having a low pressure tubeless 2.3 on there is the ideal tire for the conditions.
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/amSCR7NvXtxS_xsndqgdBA?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="https://lh5.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/R6_j6xVqVMI/AAAAAAAABhI/tEZcQi9Sghk/s800/cxim.jpg" /></a>

    It is a great bike. Monstercross? Drop bar MTB?

    I don't really care what name gets attached to it. To me, it's a great BIKE.

    MC

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    It's either a potts or willits type 2 fork.

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    Well, this is covering a little ground which has already been covered, but just to give others who're bored something to look at... Some are mine, some are from customers.













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    Monocog Flight w/ Midges. It's SS right now (despite the bar end shifter), but I ran the housing and barcon for easy conversion to 1x5 w/ my trusty XTR M953 setup and Hope SS rear hub. Currently 36-19 for some gravel road cruising here in south Florida.

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    This shot just makes me want to go for a ride. Beautiful pic and bike!

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    Woah, you must have really long legs!

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    My take...

    I'm not sure if this counts but I am posting my Surly LHT with Bontrager 1.8s on it. I built this bike to be simple and fun and I am really enjoying it. The ride is plush and my fit is spot on. I can take it just about anywhere and that is what I love about it.
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    my 737EBB with a custom stem built by my buddy matt kaminecki.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobblestone
    I'm not sure if this counts but I am posting my Surly LHT with Bontrager 1.8s on it. I built this bike to be simple and fun and I am really enjoying it. The ride is plush and my fit is spot on. I can take it just about anywhere and that is what I love about it.
    Cool! That looks like a really fun bike. Reminds me a lot of my touring bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the locust
    my 737EBB with a custom stem built by my buddy matt kaminecki.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_locust/2450422792/" title="pink kaminecki stem on zion 737ebb by th3l0cust, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2106/2450422792_2dfc37318b_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="pink kaminecki stem on zion 737ebb" /></a>

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    Drop Bar Stoke

    Not bored either, but I do like a drop bar MTB. Here's a link to my Fargo over at my Flickr site.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmeiser...7607115159894/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbotron
    Cool! That looks like a really fun bike. Reminds me a lot of my touring bike.
    Maybe because it's a touring bike frame? Wish my 58CM LHT would fit my 2.1 Nanos. It would make a great gravel grinder.

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    Great photos JMKM!

    The Fargo such an exciting development.

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    Warning: 26er content and it is not even mine...
    (pic stolen and resized from http://www.amarobikes.com/galeriaen.html )
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    I love that bike. Such a weird one. Nice photo too.

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    this ones for sale in the classifieds right now

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    more pics from this mornings early morning gravel grind west of Miami...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMKM
    Not bored either, but I do like a drop bar MTB. Here's a link to my Fargo over at my Flickr site.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmeiser...7607115159894/
    Details on the front rack Joe?

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    My short lived drop bar MTB below. The config in this shot left the bars way too low and I finally came close, but had to use a goofy extender on my steerer tube which was unsightly and unsafe. It did however make me see that a drop bar MTB was something I really wanted.

    I bounced around the idea of a custom (in my opinion, the only way to do it right). That was until the Fargo came along. I thought I would be riding it this weekend, but it showed up with a ovalized headtube (not a manufacturing defect, but rather shipping/poor packing damage).

    Big thanks to Salsa for making such a cool bike. I think it should work nice. Te headtube is almost 5 inches longer than my KM! Hopefully I will be on mine soon and post up some pics.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXSS
    Details on the front rack Joe?
    It's a Velo Orange porteur w/ rail.

    http://velo-orange.com/voporteurrack.html

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    That bike is looks fantastic. And practical. What a great take on the all-rounder.
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    My IF

    I just took off my jones bars and I am running Bell Laps and I am really liking this setup!
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    Nice looking setup. I like the subtle details on your IF - the dropouts look great and the black PC'd XTR is spot on!
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    Fargo



    Here's a production drop bar rig. This is the one I'm riding currently.
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    how does one e-whistle?

    cause that there is one good lookin' ride

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    something looks just right about a dirty KM w/ drops and bags
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    latest (and last) iteration of the drop bar Monocog Flight. Parts have transitioned to a different frame so this one can get smoothed/powdercoated as a gift for my Dad's birthday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banzai
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    Looks great. Your quote "Pain is good" - like that too
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo
    something looks just right about a dirty KM w/ drops and bags
    No bags, but it's got drops. Monkey + Midge = Merriment
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    and another swift:

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    That is nice! What bars are you running?
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    Is there a specific bar tape you guys like to run? Any special suggestions as I have a rigid front end and would like to some extra padding. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by TN29'er
    Is there a specific bar tape you guys like to run? Any special suggestions as I have a rigid front end and would like to some extra padding. Thanks
    In my pic - I have a set of ESI chunky grips underneath the bar tape (which is some average cinelli or profile design stuff found at the LBS). Fizik makes some very nice bar phat as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN29'er
    Is there a specific bar tape you guys like to run? Any special suggestions as I have a rigid front end and would like to some extra padding. Thanks
    Oury grips are for me mandatory on the hooks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TN29'er
    Is there a specific bar tape you guys like to run? Any special suggestions as I have a rigid front end and would like to some extra padding. Thanks
    For a cheap fix, find an old computer mouse pad -- the kind that are made from 1/4" foam rubber. Cut it into strips that'll wrap around your bars, tape it in place, then cover with your favorite standard bar wrap. Might sound dorky but it works quite well.

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    My Fargo's drop bar evolution...

    Over the past seven months, I've run three drop bars on my Fargo. First, it was a Salsa Bell Lap (46cm). Next, I went to a WTB. Now, I'm running an On One Mary bar, upside down. All net out the same position on the "drop", but the Mary bar is my favorite bar riding so far.

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    I'm glad this thread popped up again. Here's my Kona with a new fork, new bar tape (single layer of Easton), and a new pile of spacers.





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    Finally took delivery of my new bar-end shifters yesterday, and completed my Vassago Bandersnatch last night!




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    [QUOTE=N10S]Finally took delivery of my new bar-end shifters yesterday, and completed my Vassago Bandersnatch last night!





    sweet ride.

    if you find this post, could you give me the details on that stem? your bars seem higher than most, which is where i would like mine...unfortunately i've cut all my steer tubes.
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    Fargo

    My Fargo with Some Junebug bars.........

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/doug_goodenough/3711086382/" title="Blue Loop Ride 7-11-09 by Doug in Idaho, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2666/3711086382_d879a03257_b.jpg" width="1024" height="646" alt="Blue Loop Ride 7-11-09" /></a>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_ID
    My Fargo with Some Junebug bars.........

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/doug_goodenough/3711086382/" title="Blue Loop Ride 7-11-09 by Doug in Idaho, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2666/3711086382_d879a03257_b.jpg" width="1024" height="646" alt="Blue Loop Ride 7-11-09" /></a>
    I think you need more bottles.

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    Redline d460 w/ Midges....needed a shorter stem and no gears
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    This is my very first frame/fork I built 3 years ago, now converted to drop bars, with a mix of cheap second hand or ebay parts (except the wheels...).
    I need to adjust the stem a little bit (could be longer), but otherwise it works quite well.

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    no photo but.....

    My buddy has a beautiful drop bar 29er. He is 6'7" and had Moots make him a custom, travel bike, comes apart on the top tube and down tube.
    Ritchie carbon fork
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    He even rode it for a few laps this past weekend at the 24 hrs of Targhee...thing of beauty

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    Quote Originally Posted by xmangox
    I think you need more bottles.
    The uninitiated say that the first time they see a Fargo 99.9999999% of the time. Think of riding this bike from Canada to Mexico on the Great Divide Race and all those bottles make sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_ID
    My Fargo with Some Junebug bars.........
    I've been watching this build in the other drop-bar/Fargo threads. Thing of beauty.

    It seems like there should be an MTB touring/monstercross forum. I've got a few questions about Fargos, crossxchecks, and touring and so on that I can't figure how to ask in the existing forums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLONG
    I've been watching this build in the other drop-bar/Fargo threads. Thing of beauty.

    It seems like there should be an MTB touring/monstercross forum. I've got a few questions about Fargos, crossxchecks, and touring and so on that I can't figure how to ask in the existing forums.
    The 29er forum has been pretty open to those questions; look at the monstercross threads, the single speed threads, even the mention of going back to a 26" wheel, and all get good answers most of the time. Since 29er = 700c = 29er, this seems to be the place. Post 'em up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    The uninitiated say that the first time they see a Fargo 99.9999999% of the time. Think of riding this bike from Canada to Mexico on the Great Divide Race and all those bottles make sense.
    Or think of any ride that lasts more than a few hours where a hydration pack on your back will just beat you down. Some of us are getting older and our backs don't take kindly to being part beast of burden, part cyclist. That's where the bottles are really appreciated!

    And when I say "more than a few hours", I am talking double digit hours in the saddle. Sometimes that means all those bottles and a hydration pack!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Or think of any ride that lasts more than a few hours where a hydration pack on your back will just beat you down. Some of us are getting older and our backs don't take kindly to being part beast of burden, part cyclist. That's where the bottles are really appreciated!

    And when I say "more than a few hours", I am talking double digit hours in the saddle. Sometimes that means all those bottles and a hydration pack!
    Exactly......I wear a hydration pack with my other bikes. It doesn't bother me to much but is a nicer ride without.

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    sweet ride.

    if you find this post, could you give me the details on that stem? your bars seem higher than most, which is where i would like mine...unfortunately i've cut all my steer tubes.

    Thanks for the positive comment. That stem is an IRD F4 Mountain Riser and is 35degreex125mm reach. I did leave a good section of steerer which also helps, but the stem is really a nice option if you are running a standard diameter bar. With this set-up the drops fall naturally into hand during rides and really provides a great position for both comfort and control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_ID
    Exactly......I wear a hydration pack with my other bikes. It doesn't bother me to much but is a nicer ride without.
    I'm more intrigued by the position of your paniers.
    Since you've got these wonderful sturdy racks, why don't you use lateral paniers. From my cyclo-camping experience (a few years ago), weight distribution is much better when the load is as low as possible. So I'd say unless you go on tight single tracks ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgersib
    Over the past seven months, I've run three drop bars on my Fargo. First, it was a Salsa Bell Lap (46cm). Next, I went to a WTB. Now, I'm running an On One Mary bar, upside down. All net out the same position on the "drop", but the Mary bar is my favorite bar riding so far.

    Good stuff...
    Is that Abel/Sandoz on the back of pic #2???

    Totally dig your Fargo man - always keeping an eye for it on the Lincoln trails

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric_syd
    I'm more intrigued by the position of your paniers.
    Since you've got these wonderful sturdy racks, why don't you use lateral paniers. From my cyclo-camping experience (a few years ago), weight distribution is much better when the load is as low as possible. So I'd say unless you go on tight single tracks ???
    Yea, I have a set of ortlieb panniers for front and back but don't use them when just out for a day trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    But I *can* contribute.


    It is a great bike. Monstercross? Drop bar MTB?

    I don't really care what name gets attached to it. To me, it's a great BIKE.

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    So Mike, how come the King headset cups are in upside down?

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    Any mountain drops on the market that will accept the rohloff shifter? I would like go position it near the stem if I can slide it up there.

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    i never thought about mounting the bar ends so they operate horizontally rather than vertically ... interesting concept ... i always seem to bang my knees on them so they change, not sure what happen with the setup you have ... nice looking bike though, was seriously tempted with a fargo, but went with a singualr swift instead ... already have 3 touring bikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoogie
    i never thought about mounting the bar ends so they operate horizontally rather than vertically ... interesting concept ... i always seem to bang my knees on them so they change, not sure what happen with the setup you have ... nice looking bike though, was seriously tempted with a fargo, but went with a singualr swift instead ... already have 3 touring bikes
    Ya, I set them up that way to keep the shifters from hitting the top tube if/when the bike falls over. So far knee clearance has not been an issue for me.

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    La Cruz...monster style.

    ...strictly downhill...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Armchair Spaceman


    So Mike, how come the King headset cups are in upside down?
    Why not?

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    not bored, just stoked! after having the midge bars hanging around for 2 years i finally got all the parts together to mount the darned things. sorry for the garage pic, didn't have the camera for the shakedown ride today.

    first impressions: climbing = better (while standing anyways). descending = slower and scarier, but in a fun way. won't be my main setup for sure, but will be fun to conquer some of the local technical rides. the drop is around 2" lower than my marys, which i like. the reach is about 1.5" longer, which i don't like at all. i tried a shorter stem, but then the drop was too much. just have to get used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferday
    not bored, just stoked! after having the midge bars hanging around for 2 years i finally got all the parts together to mount the darned things. sorry for the garage pic, didn't have the camera for the shakedown ride today.

    first impressions: climbing = better (while standing anyways). descending = slower and scarier, but in a fun way. won't be my main setup for sure, but will be fun to conquer some of the local technical rides. the drop is around 2" lower than my marys, which i like. the reach is about 1.5" longer, which i don't like at all. i tried a shorter stem, but then the drop was too much. just have to get used to it.



    The bike looks great! After spending more time with the drops the descending nervousness will not be an issue.

    I finally sold and shipped-out my Monkey Lite SL riser bars and stem earlier this week. After months of repeatedly swapping back and forth from riser to drops I have found the following to be true for me personally. The drop bars are way more comfortable ergonomically, and my hands go numb less than with conventional bars. Threading through trees is also easier because my hands in the drops are easier to gauge distance with than a protruding horizontal bar. Overall I consistently ride faster lap times on single track loops with the drops. I have tested this repeatedly and its a fact for me personally. Climbing is no contest, and I find that I am typically running 1-2 gears higher especially on the climbs. People still look at me like I am crazy, but when I pass them they aren't laughing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericb49
    La Cruz...monster style.
    XDX front and rear? Is there much left-over clearance on the rear?

    I really like the La Cruz, but I always thought there were clearance issues above 38c or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLONG
    XDX front and rear? Is there much left-over clearance on the rear?

    I really like the La Cruz, but I always thought there were clearance issues above 38c or so.
    Probably 1.75" version.... the 2.1 is pretty plump.
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    Zion 737

    Just finished this Zion 737. Bought the frame off eBay and most of other parts are pre-used. I have not had time to try it offroad yet since it was p....ing this morning in Sydney. Just had time to do a little ride around the neighbourhood to check the brakes, position etc... What I really like and sorry for the dropbars purists is the fact that the hoods are spot on for the climbs and the flats fantastic for recovering and still the drops much less stretch than I was used to on a road bike. The sturdy Syncros stem with its wide clam is fantastic and gives great rigidity to the cockpit.
    Tyres are dirty from previous bike. Tomorrow is a holiday so, I will get her out.

    Frame: Zion 737
    Forks: GT Peace 9r
    Wheels: Velocity hubs with DH19 rims
    Bars: Midge with double layer of bar tape
    Stem: Syncros
    Levers: Tektro long pull
    Shifter: Shimano 8spd bar-ends
    Seat: Selle Italia Max Flite Tran Am
    Seatpost:Origin8 dropper
    BB: Stronglight Square taper 107mm
    Crankset: Old Sachs triple 110mm BCD. 36T unramped chainring
    RD: XTR
    Cassette: 12-14-16-18-21-26-32
    Tyres: Jones XR front (ghetto) and Exiwolf Rear (Gorilla tape tubeless)

    I have installed the cable housing for the front derailleur in case I want to install one, I won't need to unwrap the bar tapes.
    I have reduced the cassette to 7 speeds by using spacers (even one smaller cog !!!) so that I don't have too much crossing with a 47mm chainline. Looks very good so far. I particularly like the spacing on this cassette which is ideal for one chain ring. I will probably avoid to use the 12T and have a perfect 1x6.
    I had initially bought some Origin8 Gary bars but the shifters did not fit in them (isn't that stupid? off-road dropbars that don't take bar-end shifters. too tight diameter ) and a set of Cane Creek levers because I thought they were better than the Tektro, they are exactly the same, surely from the same factory, I ended up preferring the silver finish...
    Next change is to mount a Weirwolf 2.55 Front with Gorilla tape.
    Make a chainguard from the old 44T aluminium big ring.
    And then build a new wheelset for the road.
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    I've gotta say, some of these on-a-budget, mixed-parts builds are the most interesting to me. Great job with the Zion!

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    Good to see this come back to life - some great builds! Just an update on my Gryphon with some new bits - old WTB Dirt Drops, Reynolds carbon rimmed wheels, and mostly black parts rather than the silver of the previous pic.



    The colour scheme is also the same as what it will be for production frames - due in later this month - finally!
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    Quote Originally Posted by eric_syd
    Just finished this Zion 737. Bought the frame off eBay and most of other parts are pre-used. I have not had time to try it offroad yet since it was p....ing this morning in Sydney. Just had time to do a little ride around the neighbourhood to check the brakes, position etc... What I really like and sorry for the dropbars purists is the fact that the hoods are spot on for the climbs and the flats fantastic for recovering and still the drops much less stretch than I was used to on a road bike. The sturdy Syncros stem with its wide clam is fantastic and gives great rigidity to the cockpit.
    Tyres are dirty from previous bike. Tomorrow is a holiday so, I will get her out.

    Frame: Zion 737
    Forks: GT Peace 9r
    Wheels: Velocity hubs with DH19 rims
    Bars: Midge with double layer of bar tape
    Stem: Syncros
    Levers: Tektro long pull
    Shifter: Shimano 8spd bar-ends
    Seat: Selle Italia Max Flite Tran Am
    Seatpost:Origin8 dropper
    BB: Stronglight Square taper 107mm
    Crankset: Old Sachs triple 110mm BCD. 36T unramped chainring
    RD: XTR
    Cassette: 12-14-16-18-21-26-32
    Tyres: Jones XR front (ghetto) and Exiwolf Rear (Gorilla tape tubeless)

    I have installed the cable housing for the front derailleur in case I want to install one, I won't need to unwrap the bar tapes.
    I have reduced the cassette to 7 speeds by using spacers (even one smaller cog !!!) so that I don't have too much crossing with a 47mm chainline. Looks very good so far. I particularly like the spacing on this cassette which is ideal for one chain ring. I will probably avoid to use the 12T and have a perfect 1x6.
    I had initially bought some Origin8 Gary bars but the shifters did not fit in them (isn't that stupid? off-road dropbars that don't take bar-end shifters. too tight diameter ) and a set of Cane Creek levers because I thought they were better than the Tektro, they are exactly the same, surely from the same factory, I ended up preferring the silver finish...
    Next change is to mount a Weirwolf 2.55 Front with Gorilla tape.
    Make a chainguard from the old 44T aluminium big ring.
    And then build a new wheelset for the road.
    Great build on the Zion, well done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singular
    Good to see this come back to life - some great builds! Just an update on my Gryphon with some new bits - old WTB Dirt Drops, Reynolds carbon rimmed wheels, and mostly black parts rather than the silver of the previous pic.



    The colour scheme is also the same as what it will be for production frames - due in later this month - finally!
    I know a lot of folks bag on the skin wall look, but on this bike its perfect in my opinion. Too bad somebody doesn't make a clincher with that look 'cause I am pretty sure one of these frames is going to end up in my stable. I'd love to recreate that look of yours.
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    My Dean Colonel 29er Cross

    This had been a hardtail with a White Bros BW1.0.

    When I messed up the fork I decided to experiment.

    Recently replaced a Origin 8 carbon fork with Dean ti that's pictured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcxmbfj
    This had been a hardtail with a White Bros BW1.0.

    When I messed up the fork I decided to experiment.

    Recently replaced a Origin 8 carbon fork with Dean ti that's pictured.

    Origin 8 Gary
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    The bike look great, How do you like the fork ?
    I have one bike that keep asking me for this fork...

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    How do you like the fork?

    I've only ridden it once so far but it seems to change the bike geometry for the better. I was able to raise the handlebar 40mm and that may be the real source of improvement.

    Ride seems more likely to be more lively than with the carbon fork over the pavement and gravel service roads on which it will be ridden.

    I don't see myself riding this in the woods.

    My Turner 29er full suspension is more forgiving to my "mature" body.
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    four months passed...sorry...

    aye all with mtb drop bars...!!! need aaaahhh recommendation from y'all drop bar fanatics, i am acquiring a karate monkey and would like to run drop bars in order to make my commute more commutable(?) and give offroad dbars a try...!!! yes i will be operatin on two seperate wheelsets, one cx and one offroad fatties...!!! my question to y'all is which brake levers do you choose to use...? i will be running either bb5 mountain or bb7 mountain calipers...

    please assist me in this acquisition...!!!

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    Best bet is the Tektro RL520.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adubb25
    aye all with mtb drop bars...!!! need aaaahhh recommendation from y'all drop bar fanatics, i am acquiring a karate monkey and would like to run drop bars in order to make my commute more commutable(?) and give offroad dbars a try...!!! yes i will be operatin on two seperate wheelsets, one cx and one offroad fatties...!!! my question to y'all is which brake levers do you choose to use...? i will be running either bb5 mountain or bb7 mountain calipers...

    please assist me in this acquisition...!!!

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    the best bet and cheap...?!?! too good to be true...!!!
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    I have a Midge on a SS road bike I built up... I had no idea they were so popular for MTB use! I think I know what the next bike I'll build will be now after seeing this thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by adubb25
    the best bet and cheap...?!?! too good to be true...!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumpyOne
    Best bet is the Tektro RL520.

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    +3 on the Tektro RL 520.

    Worked like a champ when my KM was set up w/ Midge and BB7.

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    Just realized I have not posted mine. Old version. Note the Tektro RL520 levers with BB7 mountain and 203 rotors. Whoa power.

    This bike is now an HT 1x9, but those bars and levers will go on for testing soon.

    I also have a Rock Lobster MoFoCross that needs a couple things so I can ride it and get pictures. Soon, promise, it is a sweet bike.
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    Very nice thread you guys have here , just looking and getting ideas for a future build .

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    1x9...?

    hey all,

    what if someone similar to myself has or is pondering the use of a 1x9 drivetrain on a drop bar karate monkey, which shifter/brake lever would that person similar to me choose to use...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adubb25
    hey all,

    what if someone similar to myself has or is pondering the use of a 1x9 drivetrain on a drop bar karate monkey, which shifter/brake lever would that person similar to me choose to use...?
    There is no easy answer to that. Drop bar MTB shifter / brake setups are not just a buy and install proposition. Pauls Thumbies, Kelly TakeOffs?

    I want to investigate the IRD Stage One Shifter Perch, since no one took my bait before, I have to do it myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adubb25
    hey all,

    what if someone similar to myself has or is pondering the use of a 1x9 drivetrain on a drop bar karate monkey, which shifter/brake lever would that person similar to me choose to use...?
    I think this thread is full of such examples:
    1. Bar-end shifters + Tektro RL 520 levers + any MTB brake (V-brakes or disc) you want
    2. Road Brifters + BB7 Road disc brakes
    Eric
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    Here's one of mine. (I stopped to take the photo during a race - don't usually run around with race plates on

    One hassle with drop bars is the levers. I like my cables to come out the top so I can get better cable runs and thus smoother braking.

    Top loading brake levers seem to be nonexistent these days - I haven't been able to find anyone stocking them. Luckily I have a few from days gone by.

    Anyone know of a good source, preferably UK or Europe?
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    Finally got some pictures of mine and finally got to ride it on a trail where I enjoyed the drops!
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    Hey guys,

    Can I ask you a question about your BB7 road brakes and brifter combos?

    Would you say they're comparable in feel and function to a good BB7 mountain installation using full length compressionless housing and Speed Dial levers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoastieTX
    Hey guys,

    Can I ask you a question about your BB7 road brakes and brifter combos?

    Would you say they're comparable in feel and function to a good BB7 mountain installation using full length compressionless housing and Speed Dial levers?
    No, the road versions feel spongy, no matter what I did. The bike below has Tiagra STI with Tektro road. I have had my hands on bikes with Ultegra STI and BB7 road and they feel spongy.

    The Tektro RL520 with mountain BB7s feel solid, it just means bar end shifters.
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    I had not noticed this thread before. Here is a Fargo:



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    Quote Originally Posted by CoastieTX
    Hey guys,

    Can I ask you a question about your BB7 road brakes and brifter combos?

    Would you say they're comparable in feel and function to a good BB7 mountain installation using full length compressionless housing and Speed Dial levers?
    I'm running BB&'s on both my MTBs. On the drop barred Walt Works, I have the Cane Creek levers and it doesn't feel spongy at all. In fact, there've been a couple times where the brakes grabbed quicker than I expected them to.

    Wait, I just reread your question. I'm running BB7 mtn brakes on both bikes. Don't have any experience with the road versions. The levers I'm using are the Cane Creek Drop V.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    There is no easy answer to that. Drop bar MTB shifter / brake setups are not just a buy and install proposition. Pauls Thumbies, Kelly TakeOffs?

    I want to investigate the IRD Stage One Shifter Perch, since no one took my bait before, I have to do it myself.
    ooooh ahhhh i do dig the thumbies considering all i need will be one...!!! is there anyway to run dual control lever(s) with a mountain/drop bar/1x9 setup...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outsider
    I had not noticed this thread before. Here is a Fargo:
    I spied this bike over on the bikepacking forums just a few days ago. Kudos on the homemade bags, very nicely done.
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    Would the cane creek drop V work the same as the tektro RL520?

    http://www.canecreek.com/component-other?product=drop-v

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    Quote Originally Posted by murtaghstyle
    Would the cane creek drop V work the same as the tektro RL520?

    http://www.canecreek.com/component-other?product=drop-v
    They are the same lever, made by Tektro for Cane Creek. You pay more money and get the cool lizard logos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoastieTX
    Hey guys,
    Can I ask you a question about your BB7 road brakes and brifter combos?

    Would you say they're comparable in feel and function to a good BB7 mountain installation using full length compressionless housing and Speed Dial levers?
    Definitely spongier. I have a bike with mtb BB7 and one with road setup.

    I put it down to 2 factors:
    1. Cable run - loads of tight angles with aero brakes.
    2. Road style brake levers are not as rigid as mtb levers.

    I have improved the cable run by using non aero levers - old Shimano 105s. The cables come out the top of the levers in a nice gentle curve just like the old days. That helps a bit.

    The next step is to go for the Avid Full Metal Jacket cable setup to remove the compression from the cables. I expect that to make a big difference to the front brake.

    Almost all reasonable mtb levers are fairly rigid, but not all road levers have good rigidity and the flex can be felt. High quality road levers are much more rigid than budget ones, but non aero levers are very hard to find in the shops these days.

    The other hassle is the lack of adjusters in the brake line - you have to source these and add them yourself.
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    All this brake/shifting uncertainty is what's keeping me from a drop bar 29er.

    I've tried SS, but I want 1x9. I don't like barcons, I like brifters. I also want symmetrical hoods. And, I need something that fits road diameter bars.

    So, the only thing I can think of that will work the way I want is putting on a single SRAM Rival shifter on one side, and the matching SS brake on the other, and using BB7 road brakes. That should work on the spectrum of CX-type drops, from Salsa Bell Laps to the more flared bars like the Midge.

    Did I miss anything? Thanks.

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    The feel is the same, but I could not get as much power as with the cane creek levers or regular mtb levers. Also, I could never get it so my hand was in the right position to get at the lever fast enough.
    I ended up trying a problem solver on the rear and that made things a little better but its really hard to get the slop out of that set-up. I could not get it perfect and then ended the drop bar thing. I think I will try again though

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    Hey guys,

    Can I ask you a question about your BB7 road brakes and brifter combos?

    Would you say they're comparable in feel and function to a good BB7 mountain installation using full length compressionless housing and Speed Dial levers?

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    Hmmm, interesting replies on the whole brifter/BB7 thing. The reason I asked this question is what I had planned to be my next bike - a Salsa La Cruz disc - has been discontinued and I've been having a heck of a time finding a similar disc bike I like. I'm starting to wonder if having discs on such a bike is really worth the headaches this is causing. The non-disc options and plentiful and readily available.

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    I use Ultegra Brifters and Road BB7s, they have plenty of power, but the power does ramp up at the end fast.

    Maybe I am spoiled by hydraulics modulation.

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    Okay, here's mine. Mostly an e-bay and clearance rack build. I've been commuting on it for about 2 1/2 months now. It is set up more like a road bike for the moment but when the trails dry out and there's a little more sun light I'm throwing on some knobby tires. I really like the 1x9 set up. Currently:
    Niner EMD frame, Moondust (large)
    Bontrager Switchblade fork
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    Crank Bros Opium SL headset
    Kalloy Uno stem (+17degrees)
    Soma Fab Junebug bar (31.8)
    Avid BB7 brakes 180mm G3 front rotor and 160mm G2 rear
    Cane Creek levers
    Dura Ace barcon shifter
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    Jagwire cables
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    XT Cassette (11-32)
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    Crank Bros candy pedals
    Ritchey seat post
    Specialized Phenom SL saddle
    Salsa skewers
    Woody's fender
    Knog Gator 150 light

    I'm still trying to get all of the dimensions right. Once I try it off road I'l trim the steerer some more. I'll probably raise the bar a bit with a 35 degree stem when I try the drop-bar/rigid set-up off road. I've got some CK hubs to lace to Flow rims, mount some 2.4 Racing Ralphs - perhaps a 12-36 cassette - and see what happens next.

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    Figured I'd add mine to the thread too. Singular Gryphon, size XL. Bar is a gen 1 origin8 gary.
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    I'm running Tektro/CaneCreek levers and the BB7 Road set up. I'm running jagwire teflon cables, and jagwire housing. Can't say that they feel any different from the mountain BB7 set ups I've had in the past. In other words, they feel just dandy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prem
    Orlowski dirt road bike.
    WOW, nice -- who/where's the builder?

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    I love that Orlowski, too! It looks like it can take on just about anything. Long, long hilly rides over any surface, mmmm...

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    new stuff

    and now newer stuff





    more to come next week.
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    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.
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    For you drop bar riders, watch Tomac rock it. I am not personally a full on drop bar rider but I do ride a On-One Mary and a Spacebar 8 on my road bike.

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    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.
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    Here's mine, love it, but I gotta sell it, it's in the classifieds, and yes I did pay for it.
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    jimgskoop, Orkje - thanks guys. Orlowski is Polish frame builder. Here you can find more examples of his work: http://orlowskiframes.blogspot.com

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    Question for you drop bar folks:

    I want to do a 1X9 (or 1X10) conversion on my Inbred. If I want to go with a Shimano group - which bar end shifters are compatible with which rear derailleurs? Are the bar end shifters fine with MTB components?

    I just finished a 1X10 on my 'cross bike, but of course I used all road components, and didn't mix anything BTW, the Paul Chain Keeper has proven to be a super part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion
    Question for you drop bar folks:

    I want to do a 1X9 (or 1X10) conversion on my Inbred. If I want to go with a Shimano group - which bar end shifters are compatible with which rear derailleurs? Are the bar end shifters fine with MTB components?

    I just finished a 1X10 on my 'cross bike, but of course I used all road components, and didn't mix anything BTW, the Paul Chain Keeper has proven to be a super part.

    i'm runnin dura ace 9 speed barcons w/a newer xt shadow 9 speed rear derailleur, i've also used another set of 9 speed barcons to run a lx rear derailleur. i also run friction shifting fwiw. if you look at most of the rivendell built bikes you'd see a lot of 'em built this way. if i get the chance i'll post some pics up later.

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    I love when this thread resurfaces!

    The Tomac video brings back the memories. I was racing in SoCal during that time. He kicked my A** way too many times on Chatsworth group rides. Even converted my Yeti FRO with a drop bar for a while. We were referred to as "Yeti Privateers" back in the day. Basically a bunch of wannabees paying our own dime to wave the Yeti flag. Ahh...such memories!

    For the last four years, I have been riding a Niner MCR frame and fork set up with midge bars. Arch rims w/ 38mm Kenda Kross Extreme tires. Lots of fun! Most versatile bike I own.

    I am running Dura ace barcons w/SRAM 9spd cassette and XO der. . Needs an adapter though. You can buy an adapter for several shifter/der. combos. Can not remember company name at the moment. (want to say Avid) Let me know if you need additional info. I will try to help.

    Good luck with the new setup.
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    Singular Gryphon

    Rather than post the same pics in 3 threads, here is a link to my post of the new Singular Gryphon I just put together. Haven't taken it out on the trail yet, as we just got a foot of snow last night! Trails are way too wet to ride!

    Gotta love "spring" in Utah!

    The shakedown ride around the yard/neighborhood (before the storm) felt really good, can't wait to try it in the dirt!

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=603162

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    Do inverted "alt bars" count?





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    Quote Originally Posted by FR hokeypokey
    For the last four years, I have been riding a Niner MCR frame and fork set up with midge bars. Arch rims w/ 38mm Kenda Kross Extreme tires. Lots of fun! Most versatile bike I own.
    I demand pics!

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    My new SS Inbred 29er:





    A pretty conventional build: WTB Single Duty rear hub, XT front, Mavic TN719 rims, Maxxis Crossmarks F+R, old Deore Hollowtech cranks with Middleburn ring, Thomson post, Spesh saddle, Midges, BB7s. Amazing fun to ride.

    First ride today in the East Midlands of the UK - and my first MTB since I sold my '99 Kona Cinder Cone a few years back, though I have been riding my monstercrossed Cotic Roadrat off road for a year or so. First post on here too (though I've been lurking for a while), so hi.

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    I took my Fargo out for the first time for some real single track riding. I've ridden off road drops before, but I might need to make it a major part of my off road riding--it's a good time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WTB-rider
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    Nice sir, weather should be nice enough for some overnighters soon. Sadly, I won't be able to hook up with a Fargo any time soon, however I will be multi-purposing the EM with some Woodchippers and racks for some bikepacking. Can't wait to see some posts of your adventures....

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    Hydros and drops

    Sorry if this has been done but may l ask about hydros and drops. I would like to ride drops but only have hydro brakes. Is there a getto fix, type of bar or advice you could give. I have Jones bars and like them alot but would like to get lower without inverting stems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnd663
    Sorry if this has been done but may l ask about hydros and drops. I would like to ride drops but only have hydro brakes. Is there a getto fix, type of bar or advice you could give. I have Jones bars and like them alot but would like to get lower without inverting stems.
    Cheers
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    No one said "no," so winter must be over.
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    Drop-bar elMar on a shakedown ride this morning. Really enjoyed the leverage I could get while climbing- instead of rocking the bike with wide risers, I could pull front-back and really keep the rear wheel planted.
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    '93 Bridgestone S/S

    This is my Winter bike/ All-weather commuter. It looks better out on the snow and ice, but these are taken in my office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dankilling
    Drop-bar elMar on a shakedown ride this morning. Really enjoyed the leverage I could get while climbing- instead of rocking the bike with wide risers, I could pull front-back and really keep the rear wheel planted.

    that is a nice looking bike!
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    Gryphon all set and ready for spring.
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    Looks nice......let us know how you like those luxy bars.

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    Here's my latest build. It's a special Ti Salsa that isn't actually a model they produce. One of their employees had it built to test some design concepts as they were working on the Ti Fargo. When he recently decided to divest it from his collection, I took a deep breath and stepped up to the plate. This is Ti Salsa #3 for me, so this is probably the last purchase I'll be making for a while...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_ID
    Looks nice......let us know how you like those luxy bars.
    Thanks, the Luxys are really nice - the bend fits my hands/arms really well and the wide flare gives great leverage on climbs, almost like two different bars. There's quite a bit of "give" when you use your arms climbing, but it's a pleasant feeling actually.

    It'll be interesting to see if the width makes them tricky/scary between the trees when more single track opens up as the snow goes away.

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    Singular Gryphon on a shakedown ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paakku
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    Looks nice, Paakku! Is that an SLX 2x10 drivetrain? How does it work with the bar-end shifters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rising
    Looks nice, Paakku! Is that an SLX 2x10 drivetrain? How does it work with the bar-end shifters?
    Thanks,
    The drivetrain is SLX 2x9. The bar-end shifts work fine - precise shifting, the front shifter is friction mode and the rear shifter is indexed mode. Only problem is to reach the shifters during speedy single track maneuvering.

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    Used for snow covered dirt roads. Sorry for the crappy cell pic.
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    Inbred and an Air 9 with drops

    Single speed Air 9 with Orgin 8 gary bars and Tektro RL520 levers


    Geared Inbred 29er with Midge Bars and 105's


    I really like the Gary Bars and am warming up to the midges

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    Just a general query, is there much difference between BB7s and hydraulics? There can't be that much, can there? Just for XC?

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    I see a lot of bar-end shifters and brifters, but has anyone tried using either a grip shift or trigger shifter (X0 or X9) mounted near the stem & regular (Tektro or Cane Creek) levers? My concern about bar-ends is shifts on the fly in tight spaces - I'd rather not take my hands off the bar. Would the drop bar diameters be too much for the triggers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerX.29 View Post
    I see a lot of bar-end shifters and brifters, but has anyone tried using either a grip shift or trigger shifter (X0 or X9) mounted near the stem & regular (Tektro or Cane Creek) levers? My concern about bar-ends is shifts on the fly in tight spaces - I'd rather not take my hands off the bar. Would the drop bar diameters be too much for the triggers?
    I have a Rock Lobster with bar ends and the old Diacompe brake levers. After you get used to the bar ends, you find you do not have to take your hands off the bars, your little fingers get very adept at flipping the lever. You just slide your hand back until the bar end lever is between your pinky and ring fingers, so thumb and four fingers still have a grip. If you need to grab brakes, flip your pinky out and slide forward to the hooks with two fingers to the levers.

    Keep in mind that you want the bike setup so that you spend most of the time on the drops, especially in tricky terrain, so they are right there. And you learn to anticipate a little better than you do with regular MTB thumbies.

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    I love the bikes here. Great inspiration. I have to admit I use this site for my drop bar 26er Not as cool as these but I get looks everywhere I go with it.

    Can I post it anyway?
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    Hi, great thread here !
    One -stupid- question :
    Is there somewhere a page listing all of the brands of the mountain drop bars available ?
    maybe some comparison ?
    I'm building a cross tourer 36er bike and would like to use this kind of bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidfrench View Post
    Hi, great thread here !
    One -stupid- question :
    Is there somewhere a page listing all of the brands of the mountain drop bars available ?
    maybe some comparison ?
    I'm building a cross tourer 36er bike and would like to use this kind of bars.
    Thanks !
    Twenty Nine Inches | News and Reviews for 29er Bikes will be your best bet for comparisons besides the search here. There have been a few postings here, but GT over
    Twenty Nine Inches | News and Reviews for 29er Bikes has a far better comparison, since he is a drop bar junkie like others of us.
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    Thanks Slocaus, I've been reading a review of the Salsa Woodchipper by guitar ted there.
    I'll investigate more to find the other brands he might have reviewed.
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    Then:


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    I just recently wrapped the shifter cables all the way to the stem. Shifts the same and a lot cleaner, was getting leaves jammed into my cables while riding singletrack and I have no idea how expect our stuff is real tight singletrack.
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    There aren't too many that are readily available:

    - Salsa Woodchipper
    - On One Midge
    - WTB dirt drop
    - Origin 8 Gary

    That's all I can think off the top of my head.

    Quote Originally Posted by davidfrench View Post
    Hi, great thread here !
    One -stupid- question :
    Is there somewhere a page listing all of the brands of the mountain drop bars available ?
    maybe some comparison ?
    I'm building a cross tourer 36er bike and would like to use this kind of bars.
    Thanks !
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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    There aren't too many that are readily available:

    - Salsa Woodchipper
    - On One Midge
    - WTB dirt drop
    - Origin 8 Gary

    That's all I can think off the top of my head.
    Thanks ! Awesome !

    Thanks guys, I had a busy day and couldn't search it fast enough !

    cheers !
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    Velo - very nice bike, can you tell me a little more about your fat front setup:

    - rim?
    - tire width?
    - distance between fork legs?

    Thanks!

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