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Flat bars on 'cross bikes?(5 posts)

Flat bars on 'cross bikes?Allroads
Mar 28, 2002 7:31 AM
I know this goes against tradition but has anyone put flat bars on their cross bike? What sort of stem adjustments (longer?) were necessary?

Not a great idea...The Walrus
Mar 28, 2002 11:40 AM
I did that on an old Jake the Snake that I had stripped for parts, and then rebuilt as sort of a Dr. Dew with an LX/XT drivetrain. I went from a 120 to a 135 stem, which was not enough to compensate for the relatively short top tube, approx. 20.5 inches as compared to 22.5 or 23 on the MTBs I've had. The bike makes a great fun bike/"urban assault vehicle"/commuter/whatever, but rides of more than an hour or two are torture due to the cramped riding position. Don't do it, unless you've got another bike to use for longer rides.
Thanks for the input...Allroads
Apr 1, 2002 8:09 AM
but in my case the difference in toptube between my cross frame and my old hardtail is only 1.5 cm rather than the 2-2.5 incehs in your case. I'll try the experiment sna see how it works out.
The good news is...The Walrus
Apr 2, 2002 11:42 AM
...that regardless of how well the fit works out, it sure makes the brake setup simpler when you can use MTB levers; I can launch myself over the bars on that Jake now every time I grab a fistful of lever.

Just curious: what kind/size 'cross and hardtail frames do you ride?
The good news is...Allroads
Apr 2, 2002 3:00 PM
My mtb "was" a small Ibis Mojo with an effective toptube of 22.25" (565 mm) and the 'cross is a Mikkelsen with a 550 mm toptube. The difference is that the Mojo's tt was 1.5 cm or about 9/16 " longer. We'll see how it works. The bike is also a bit unusual because it can fit 52 mm knobbies.