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Shallow Riser Bar on a 'Cross Bike....(4 posts)

Shallow Riser Bar on a 'Cross Bike....Greentibet
Jul 7, 2002 6:25 PM
Im relatively new to the sport cyclocross. Last year, I built up a DEAN cross bike which Ive absolutely love. However, coming from a technical mountain biking background, even after a thousand miles of riding Im not to impressed with the whole drop bar, Ultegra shifter thing (as well as saving my legs but thats another story)-- it just doesn't feel right for me. I think Id feel alot more comfortable riding and racing with a shallow riser or a flat bar. Has anyone else done this? I know Shimano now makes flat bar, rapidfire style shifters for road bikes-- does anyone have any idea about the cost? experience with them? Also, if I did go with a riser would it be legal for competition?

Thanks in advance,

Riser boy
Different races, different rules.Alex-in-Evanston
Jul 8, 2002 11:35 AM
At the two series I raced last year, you can use flat bars, but you can't compete in the points tally.

You might try jacking up the bars with a long 40 degree stem and using flared bars (Salsa or WTB) that are comfy in the drops. Riding on the hoods does not give you much control.

This is actually my major beef with the "buy one sized down" rule for cross bikes. If you do, the drops are going to be way to low to ride in.

Alex
Flat bar ShimanoAhimsa
Jul 9, 2002 7:16 PM
"I know Shimano now makes flat bar, rapidfire style shifters for road bikes-- does anyone have any idea about the cost? experience with them?"

Yeah, I do. Looked into them a while ago. All you need is the front derailer. It will work with any shimano thumb shifter from Deore to XTR. It is made to make big road rings compatible with MTB front shifter cable pull.

Still, I'm not sure if you need it, as a 'crosser could use smaller rings and MTB style derailers anyway.

What set up do you have?

And yes, I did purchase the front derailer and it works as well as any. I forget the cost, but it was relatively cheap. Bear in mind that I bought it for a flat bar road bike though.

Hope this helps.

A.
Built one using Ultegra FD and Crankset with XT ShiftersTFerguson
Jul 10, 2002 8:48 AM
My goal was a flat-bar light touring road bike, but it is the same concept.
Used a touring road frame, high-rise MTB bar, XT shifters, Ultegra front derailleur and crankset, and XT rear derailleur and cassette. Also uses v-brakes, which was one of the original requirements.
I believe that the "flat bar" stuff is just relabeled MTB products.