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    hey all i know this is not the best place for this but short of joining Roadbikereview for one simple question this is my best bet. I have an SE lager with bull horns on it. i want to put drop bars on it.
    will i need to change the stem?
    what brake levers do you suggest?
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    the majority of drop bars, pursuit bars, bull horns and other 'road' type bars use a 26mm stem so they are interchangeable. however, some newer bikes come with 'oversized' 31.8mm handlebars, which are clearly beefier than most handlebars. you should be able to visually identify the difference. worst case scenario is that you have to get an inexpensive shim for the bars but that's unlikely, so go for it!

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    I think those fat bars have overtaken the "normal" sizes- seem to be the biggest part on the bars on the vendors` sites now, but you can still get bars in 25.4 and 26.0. You just have to check what size your current bar is. Remember that you can shim for a smaller bar, but not for a bigger one. You might have to go longer or shorter for reach- may as well try it with the stem you already have first and if it doesn`t quite do it for you you`ll know which way you need to go.

    Brake levers? I`ve always just used what I had or happened into a pair when I needed some, so never really looked into it, but the word on the street is that the Tektros that run about $30 most places give you pretty much all the performance you`ll see out of any high zoot schnazzy models. Sorta like the Avid SDs of the roadie world, I guess. All road levers are the same pull and all mount on 15/16 Dia (except the catalogues give that size as xx.x mm) bars, so there shouldn`t be any compatibility issues.
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    I have 31.8mm 'oversize' nashbar road bars with Tektro mechanical levers on them, and a nashbar 31.8mm stem in the 100mm length...I'll sell you the whole package for $50 plus shipping PM me.

    I took them off of my bike when I I switched to bullhorns
    The majority of the bullhorns that I saw when I was shopping were the smaller (26mm) size, so my guess would be that you would probably need to swap the stem IF you went with a 31.8mm bar.

    But if you have mechanical levers (Cane Creek 200TT?) on your bullhorns, you will want a cheap, easy mechanical lever on the drops...Tektro makes a perfect one cheap.
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    From the pic of a Lager SE

    Quote Originally Posted by nickcarll
    hey all i know this is not the best place for this but short of joining Roadbikereview for one simple question this is my best bet. I have an SE lager with bull horns on it. i want to put drop bars on it.
    will i need to change the stem?
    what brake levers do you suggest?
    I found i dont think so. Given the bike imm going to assume the clamp size is 26mm. So any road specific drop bar should work. If your pulling a road caliper brake the most comfortable levers ive ever found are the Cane Creek SCR 5 levers.

    https://www.canecreek.com/component-...t=levers-scr-5



    <img src=https://www.canecreek.com/images/other/levers_scr5.jpg>

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    should have been more specific changing from bullhorns to drops will i need to change stem lengths?
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    I didn't change stem lengths when I went from drops to bullhorns. The 'flat' area is pretty similar in length. I changed to a lower rise stem, because I wanted to put the 'flats' of the bullhorn bar in between the 'flat' and 'drop' position of the drops. In terms of stem length, it's all about personal preference, but I went with exactly the same length and I think it's a pretty similar feel. The ends of the bullhorns feel just about the same as the hoods of the drop bars in terms of reach. Hope that makes sense...
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