's Forum Archives - Cyclo-Cross

Archive Home >> Cyclo-Cross(1 2 3 )

Anybody using MTB levers on cowhorn bar?...(6 posts)

Anybody using MTB levers on cowhorn bar?...TFerguson
Sep 4, 2003 7:19 AM
Building up a bike for a friend and thinking of using a Ti MTB frame and rigid fork with 700c rims and mechanical disk brakes. He wants a cowhorn and I want to use std MTB levers/shifters. See any problems? It's more of an every-day/path bike than a true CX. He rides daily near Chicago year around.
re: Anybody using MTB levers on cowhorn bar?...flyweight
Sep 4, 2003 8:26 AM
One problem you'll probably have is that road and MTB bars are different diameters.

Better solution would be to use road STI levers with Avid road mechanical brakes (they make them)
re: might be mass-start-illegal to use bullhorn barrichpierce
Sep 4, 2003 8:28 AM
they don't allow bar ends on MTBs and this seems similar to me- they don't call them bullhorns for nothing- good for hooking!
Which begs the question...triangleforge
Sep 4, 2003 9:17 AM
Functionally, what would be the difference between cowhorn bars (which would be most definitely illegal for CX racing) and a regular flat MTB bar with bar ends (legal only if the bar ends are removed)?

You could use MTB shifters (though not the Grip Shift types) and brakes, though you'd have to ream out the clamp pretty extensively to fit the bigger diameter of the road bike bars (as mentioned above), and probably notch the clamps pretty severely or bend them to get around the curve in the cowhorn bars, all of which would badly compromise their integrity.

I'm all for bikes that express the rider's personal flair, but I'm afraid this route would sacrifice a lot of safety and reliability for no functional difference from something that's already common on the market.

re: might be mass-start-illegal to use bullhorn barflyweight
Sep 4, 2003 10:21 AM
True but it's a moot point since it sounds like he doesn't plan to race the bike.
re: Anybody using MTB levers on cowhorn bar?...lazy8
Sep 4, 2003 10:41 AM
I rode with a set of Scott at4's for about 5 years on my hardtail. Had to cut em up and throw them away.( afraid they were going to snap like my seat post.) Still miss them.
If it were mine I'd put drop bars and road shifters on it. I hear there is some wind in Chicago. Could go w/ clip on aero bars too. I see alot of mtb's with them on the railtrails.
Sounds like a nice setup I'd do the same with my hardtail if it had disc mounts on the back.( don't want a front disc only bike)