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    Salsa Cowbell MD3

    I am looking at the images on how its supposed to be positioned so that the bottom is horizontal?

    https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oH2kqYm61.../317312544.jpg

    Is this strict rule?

    I like my hoods to be horizontal or even slightly more upright which means I would need to angle the bar upwards to achieve this. Then of course rest the question with how would drops feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toni31 View Post
    I am looking at the images on how its supposed to be positioned so that the bottom is horizontal?

    https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oH2kqYm61.../317312544.jpg

    Is this strict rule?

    I like my hoods to be horizontal or even slightly more upright which means I would need to angle the bar upwards to achieve this. Then of course rest the question with how would drops feel.
    No, the drops don't have to be level. Steve Hogg says that typically, the drops are angled up 5-10 degrees for best comfort (when a level is placed on the underside of the far end of the drop).

    In my experience that is definitely true. This will get your hoods more level as well. Beyond 5-10 degrees up, the drops will be compromised.

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    I see here its quite angles upwards which is how I like:

    https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content...u=1000,173,157

    https://1554652485.rsc.cdn77.org/i/p...70544_00_d.jpg

    Why would drops be compromised this way?

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    The drops are only compromised if you have to cock your wrists excessively to use them, or if you can't comfortably use the brakes from them. A bent wrist is obviously not ideal for bearing weight. I would find drops angled up that far uncomfortable, but you should do what works for you.

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    I found another interesting position:

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7086/...34b88d9c28.jpg

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    I'm going through the same thing with my Cowchippers. Right now, they ramps look to be somewhere in between your 2nd and 3rd pics, just about level, maybe a couple degrees upward but I think there's some comfort (in the drops) to be gained by squeeking them down a few degrees.

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