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    New question here. Road Bars on a SS MTB

    I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this, but i'm thinking of putting a set of drop bars on my SS due to the fact that i ride it more on the pavement than on trails. I was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with this? Can I use the same stem that i already have on my bike? i believe that it is a pretty standard stem, nothing oversized or anything like that. i know that i will also have to change brake levers too, i'll have to get some drop levers that are compatiable with V-brakes. Let me know if anyone has any ideas. Thanks!

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    I'd guess the answer would depend on how you want it to feel. There's a specific method for fitting them for off-road riding. For road, I think your best bet would be to try emulate the feel of a road bike and choosing a stem with suitable length and rise.

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    Road feel

    I guess i am looking for a bit of a road feel, even though with the suspension it'll be a bit more plush

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    Most road bike drop bars are 26.0mm while MTB bars are 25.4mm at the stem. You will either need a new stem or find a bar that is 25.4mm.
    DiaComp 287V brake levers are the only drop bar levers that will pull enough for V-brakes (or MTB mechanical disc brakes). They are expensive at around $55. The other option is travel adapters which have mixed reviews.
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    On One

    On One Midge bars are great!
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    You'll probably also need a stem that's considerably shorter and taller than your regular mountain stem. Drop bars let you move down and forward, but road bike top tubes are generally shorter to make up for this. With the long top tube on a typical mountain bike, it would otherwise be tough to reach the drops or hoods.

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    Jump over to the 29er board and do a search. This topic has been ridden hard over there. Shiggy pretty much exclusively rides drops. Here's a link to his website with advice, tips, explanation, setup, etc. Go here: http://www.mtbtires.com/features/bik..._dropbars.html

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    Stem type?

    What type of stem is recommended as far as length and angle? I'm about 5'9" and i think my frame is a Schwinn 19incher.
    Last edited by bwritebol; 08-15-2006 at 08:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwritebol
    What type of stem is recommended as far as lenght and angle? I'm about 5'9" and i think my frame is a Schwinn 19incher.
    Unanswerable question. You need to find a stem that works with your frame to put the bar where you want it.
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    HEY Shiggy,
    All your Dreams have come true.WTB has put out there drop bar again 31.8 only.Call webcyclery and talk to me if you want one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashpioletrev
    HEY Shiggy,
    All your Dreams have come true.WTB has put out there drop bar again 31.8 only.Call webcyclery and talk to me if you want one...
    I have seen them, Mark. They could not pay me to use that bar. Totally ruined the function.

    All of my new bars are Midge bars
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    because of the "anatomic bend"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weather
    because of the "anatomic bend"?
    Yup. Worst thing to ever happen to dropbars.

    The round bends have been around for more than 100 years. Worked then, works now.

    The anatomical bends reduce the useable hand positions and turn my hands numb within half an hour.
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    This is mine...

    I like mtbs and road bars...and when I found the Midge bars, I gave up my Salsa Bell Lap bars:

    https://www.whiteind.com/Images/summer.jpg

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    Do you have a super short TT on that one? That stem looks looong to be used with a drop bar.

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    changed

    Quote Originally Posted by endure26
    Do you have a super short TT on that one? That stem looks looong to be used with a drop bar.
    Ihave changed the stem. I know. I am abnormal. More pics later today laddies n' stuff.

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