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CX & Flat Bars - Opinions(7 posts)

CX & Flat Bars - OpinionsUTE
Jun 27, 2003 4:03 AM
I finished up my Hunter CX build this past February. I must admit that I am spending a lot more time on my MTB than the CX'er. Built it to be a versatile road/trail rig. Thing is I can;t seem to find a comfortable position with the drop bars. I'm forever riding on the flats or the hoods, virtually never in the drops. What the consensus out there about ditching the Drops and D/A set up and going with a nice flat carbonb bar and some XTR pods?? I mean I know that Agassi was wrong Image is NOT Everything, but certainly don't want to be known as the CX pariah of Long Island. Thanx Folks !!!!
re: CX & Flat Bars - OpinionsOffRoadTourer
Jun 27, 2003 7:34 AM
Let your racing speak for itself. Equipment is irrelevant. Shock a traditionalist today - win a race on flat bars! (Besides, they're lighter).

But if you do road miles drops are worth having, one headwind will remind you why. I like my super wide Salsa Bell Laps, they're quite wide in the flat, like a narrow flat bar, and I don't lose the drop position. Perhaps you need different drop bars?
I'm Using the 44cm Bell Lap Bar...UTE
Jun 27, 2003 8:19 AM
I think one of the problems is that I chose the Easton EC70 seatpost. There is something like 43mm of set back on the post, so I may have stretched myself out too far. I'm likley going to try a 0 set back post and shorter up the stem a little further. Ideally I would like the horizontal reach in the cockpit to mimic that of my MTB with the drop position putting me a little farther out.
it sounds as if you are crossing from MTB to cxatpjunkie
Jun 27, 2003 11:57 AM
start with a shorter higher stem. your body isn't accustomed to the stretch of a roadie or cx (drops) which would explain the discomfort. lots of crunches and back extensions will help but you just need to work your way into drops. Besides there's no harm riding tops and flats, I race in these positions often depending on course. If you go flat bar you have zero options for hand position, plus most cx frames don't lend themselves well to the reach of flats. they tend to feel short in the TT.
and also...OffRoadTourer
Jun 27, 2003 10:01 PM
If you don't use the drops much at present you may be able to raise your bars a little higher. This should give you better control on the flats when the going gets rough and may make the drops a more comfortable option...
test (nm)Steve_O
Jul 22, 2003 7:48 AM
How much bar drop?triangleforge
Jun 30, 2003 12:24 PM
I know a lot of roadies who never ride or even race in the drops, because they like the look of a bike with 15-20 cm. of drop from the saddle to the bar tops.

If your bars are pretty low in relation to the saddle, switching stems to a riser might be the easiest (and cheapest) way to rectify the situation -- and if you've got a stem on there with negative rise, it costs nothing to flip it over and see how that feels.