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What bullhorn/TT bar to use?(6 posts)

What bullhorn/TT bar to use?_Darwin_
Nov 14, 2003 2:56 PM
Being a mountain biker, I still can't get used to drop bars, especially without the hoods. It just feels wierd climbing in the drops while standing.

I'm going to try some bullhorns instead and see if I like them. I was thinking the Profile Airwings. Any other suggestions or leads on some cheap bars? I'm looking for something with not a huge amount of drop and can run a 'cross top mount lever.

I also saw these
Any feedback? I can't really tell the shape all that well.
re: What bullhorn/TT bar to use?msmootsiemartin
Nov 15, 2003 1:30 PM
I just bought the bars on the Chuck's bike site. I installed and rode them for the first time today. You can't beat em for the price - $16.50 with shipping. There's a slight drop (1/2" or so) from the stem and then after they bend forward they angle-in slightly. The flats of the bar feel great for climbing, but they also force you into a little lower riding postion, not uncomfortable, just lower. I think they are worth the risk to try them. Worst case is you sell em on eBay. The only thing that surprised me was that they look black in color online, but are really a dark gunmetal blue.

Mootsie (proud husband of msmootsiemartin)
yep, those are the same shape as mineTig
Nov 15, 2003 6:01 PM
I just took mine off last week since they don't work as well as drops for longer rides. They make the bike more fun and original, but there is only really one hand position they work well with. If you're used to MTB bars, stick with 'em. I even have a pair of those old MTB bars with built in (curved all one piece bar) bar ends at my shop that would work well.
I use the Profile TT barcmgauch
Nov 17, 2003 8:47 AM
I just switched over and like them so far. I used a Dia Comp brake lever. I find I use 3 or 4 different hand positions depending on the situation. I really like them for standing climbs, especially super harsh ones.
re: What bullhorn/TT bar to use?KEN2
Nov 17, 2003 9:58 AM
I would look for a bullhorn bar with a flat section across the top, i.e. no drop. If it drops you eliminate that favorite flat bar-type mountain bike position. I have a pair from Profile, not the Airwings, that fit the bill and enable you to install 'cross top mount levers too.

Another idea is to get an old pair of drop bars, turn them upside down and cut them just where they start to curve upward. Voila, bullhorn bars!
Nov 17, 2003 10:04 AM
Here's a photo of the flat top bullhorns with cross levers (which are my primary levers):