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Why not flat bars?(9 posts)

Why not flat bars?asphalt assault
Nov 24, 2002 5:22 AM
...I'm thinking of building a cross bike but would rather go with flats and MTB brake levers and shifters. I don't plan on doing any racing, it's sole purpose is a wintertime play bike. I feel I have a lot better control off road with this setup, drops just don't feel right to me in the dirt.

Your Thoughts?
Go for itEager Beagle
Nov 25, 2002 6:04 AM
Think of it as top mounts without the other options.

You might find that you miss the extra hand positions on long rides though - I find that one of the drawbacks of riding a MTB.

Why not rig up some top levers and try that if you already have the drops levers etc - if not - go flat.
Go for itatpjunkie
Nov 25, 2002 6:04 PM
Frischy raced on flats. I'd rather have drops. It's your choice, but as an MTBer, you will get used to riding dirt in drops (and the joy therein).
99% of cross riders can't be wrong ...asphalt assault
Nov 26, 2002 2:40 AM
...Is the way I look at it.

I rode a friends crosser Sat. (w/drops) and naturally it felt weird because I normally ride MTB w/riser bars. I think I'l give drops a try, the choices of hand positions feels great on the road and this will be this bikes primary purpose.

If so many people ride drops on cross bikes there MUST be something good about them... I think I'l try to figure out just what it is: )

Thanks for your input guys!
99% of cross riders can't be wrong ...shawniemc
Nov 26, 2002 10:11 AM
I actually find that when going off-road I prefer riding in the drops. This might just be because it's kind of fun, down close to the action. I haven't felt any lack of control when doing this.

Then again, do what you want. The more comfortable you are on the bike, the more likely you are to ride it.

I've thought of taking my old steel road bike and doing a flat bar cross thing with it as well just for fun.
99% of cross riders can't be wrong ...atpjunkie
Nov 26, 2002 3:31 PM
like descending in drops as well. Use the top mounts only on some steeps and stuff. love the options.
How about a new approach!Longboarder
Dec 10, 2002 11:41 PM
I have a slight twist to this debate. I do a lot of road and Mt riding. I almost never use the drop part of my road drops, yet I can hang with most local non-pros in terms of speed and distance. (probably comfort too) I just never liked the position...maybe the result of poor discipline growing up on the bike.?

On my road bike, I can emmulate a flat back with my hands on the top or sides of the hoods. If this is counterintuitive...I can explain in a seperate note. I'm sure other riders to this.

I'm building up a cross bike...and I've been wrestling with your question on my own for a few months. I've asked several LBS reps to get creative - and the best they can offer is flat vs. drop.

Here's my bastardized approach. It may work for you. I'm putting flat/wide cowhorns on my cross. These give you multiple hand positions, yet provide the feel of flat bars. You can use either bar end shifters or MT shifters. And of course, you have multiple options for brake levers.

I don't know if these are legal to race in cross.

I tend to agree with the others. Try different approaches, and new will usually be uncomfortable at first. I disagree about the 99%. I think there's some myopia and there aren't too many alternatives on the market.
Somewhat related question....androssmazor
Nov 27, 2002 9:45 AM
Could you use road sti levers with mtb derailluers? And has anyone ever tried putting mtb shifter/brakelevers where road shifters go on a drop bar? Would you be able to shift ok?

Somewhat related question....atpjunkie
Nov 27, 2002 11:45 AM
there's been alot of posts. Yes STI's work, a little tricky on the front. Have Ran Ult. STI's with XTR Der. and no problem. Have a friend who runs MTB shifters on top and he does fine (Frankenbike extreme) he has wide bars and top mount levers
as well