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Flat bar conversion...(8 posts)

Flat bar conversion...jrm
Apr 18, 2002 12:20 PM
Drop bars seem to becoming more of a hinderance for dirt rides and commuting. I think this because i have to ride the hoods to be close to the brakes and my upper body suffers from having to support so much of my weight.

I know its gonna look goofy, but im willing to try it just for a more comfortable riding position and better control. im already running mini V's so i can use any levers. im running a 105 groupo (2 x 9). I'd like to use grip shift shifters. Any tips from others who have made the switch? thanks..
re: Flat bar conversion...The Walrus
Apr 18, 2002 3:05 PM
See the thread below from Mar. 28--the gist of it was that I converted a Jake and wasn't that happy. It doesn't look goofy at all, IMHO, just the opposite. I think for a lot of people it would make for a cramped ride, even with a longer stem, but that could be just my long torso/short legs affecting my judgement. I'm waiting to hear how Allroads did with his (?) project...
re: Flat bar conversion...atpjunkie
Apr 18, 2002 7:05 PM
hey you can always keep the drops and get the empella or paul CNC mid bar levers. They work with your regular levers so you can have the best of both worlds. You can also get a higher stem (more angle) to raise your riding position. I ride middles (grip) all the time while commuting but still like my drops for speed/aerodynamics and fast descents and I can take some steep stuff in the drops. Otherwise good luck on the flats, get the gripshifts that are compatible with your existing drivetrain.
Here I am...Allroads
Apr 19, 2002 6:22 PM
Hi. I am still in the waiting process but will report as soon as I can. I am not just doing a flat bar switch. There were some "minor" frame modifications in my case as well. FWIW, I had the front center lengthened by 1.5cm and the bridges moved slightly. I wanted to be able to accomodate the 29" mtb tires. I will also be using a longer stem then I did when I was using drops (100mm X 0 degrees vs. 90mm X 15 degrees).

I'll let you know...
re: Flat bar conversion...Allroads
May 1, 2002 3:37 PM
Hopefully you'll get to see this but it is now pretty far down the list of posts. My conversion is complete and it has turned out very well. Position is really nice but I did more than just replace the bar and stem. I actually had the front center of my frame lengthened by about 2 cm. It was really short before and still is pretty short for a flat barred bike (at least by mtb standards) but fits me well. I have the long legs/short reach situation myself. I am playing around with the WTB 29" knobbies...these are really cool. They have a ton of air volume, loads of traction and corner really nicely.

Pix?The Walrus
May 2, 2002 2:30 PM
Did you document this with photos, by any chance? I've been itching to see what this was gonna look like since your earlier post...
May 4, 2002 7:21 AM
Hi. The conversion has worked out very nicely. I am having some trouble with the image function...also my picture is really big. I'd be happy to email it to you directly if you like.
Pix?The Walrus
May 5, 2002 4:45 PM
O.K., my e-mail address is