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Flat bars on cycle cross bike?(9 posts)

Flat bars on cycle cross bike?Jim4
Mar 17, 2003 11:38 AM
What do you think? I'm building a bike and have a flat bar setup and thinking of using it. Is it a dumb idea?
re: Flat bars on cycle cross bike?atpjunkie
Mar 17, 2003 3:31 PM
Frischi rode flats to a podium finish in the worlds a few years back. it's been done but it limits your hand positions. Flat bar equals 1 grip. Regular equals 3 (tops/hoods/ drops)
Perhaps not the best idea...The Walrus
Mar 17, 2003 6:10 PM
...unless you have a short torso. Even with an extremely long stem, you're likely to be really cramped. I did it a couple of times with a pair of Jakes; the first, which had a true flat bar, was something my back could stand for only an hour or so. I later set up one with a 2" riser bar, which was a bit better, partly because of the extra width of the bar. It makes a pretty amusing runabout, but it just wouldn't work off-road, at least for me.
Flat bar Folly #1The Walrus
Mar 17, 2003 6:37 PM
The bike looked great, but I looked like Quasimodo on it and my back would get revenge for days after riding it...
Flat barp lo
Mar 18, 2003 9:07 AM
i set up a spare bike with flat bars and had the same problem with it being too cramped. love the idea and i think the key to making it work is getting a bike designed to work with the flat bar set up. ritchey make the Mt Cross which is cross frame designed to be used with flat bars. or maybe a custom builder could do it too?
Flat bar Folly #2The Walrus
Mar 18, 2003 5:33 PM
The second iteration was a bit more comfortable, what with the higher and wider bar. It's a great cruiser, but that's not what a 'cross bike's for, right?
re: Flat bars on cycle cross bike?kiwisimon
Mar 18, 2003 9:07 AM
if your going with straight flats on a bike purely for racing , yeah you can do it as the fatigue factor is less but for anything else I would opt for drops or the scott at-4 bar that gives you the aero option of full looped flat bars (if you can get them )
If you can"t , drops are better, thats what works for most people
re: Flat bars on cycle cross bike?keeshadog
Mar 21, 2003 3:15 PM
i built a khs softail cyclocross frame up with a flat bar. dont have a pic yet, but i will post it in a day or so when i get one. i actually use the bike for commuting and short trips around town. strictly urban assault. i think the longest ride i've been on was 36 miles. i put xt stuff all around, fat 40 mm continental slicks, a 105 triple crank, along with a 11-30 shimano cassette, so its got a blend of road and mountain stuff on it. i definitely had the familiar issues with the cramped cockpit, but i tried to address that with a 135 cm koski stem. that stem length helps a lot, but the frame still doesnt have as much space in the cockpit as i'd like. there's definitely a trade off, but as long as you arent going to do centuries on it, you can probably handle the lack of length and it's definitely fun to zip around with the flat bar and a relatively compact, quick cyclocross frame.
re: Flat bars on cycle cross bike?atpjunkie
Mar 21, 2003 3:51 PM
I have a 140 deda if you are interested.