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STI on bullhorn/TT-style handlebars?(6 posts)

STI on bullhorn/TT-style handlebars?timfire
Mar 15, 2002 6:35 PM
I was thinking of switching my drop-bars for a set of bullhorn/TT-style bars. But I was wondering if my STI levers would fit on those types of bars.


--Timothy Kleinert
re: STI on bullhorn/TT-style handlebars?Akirasho
Mar 16, 2002 12:05 AM
I've never done it myself, but I've seen it done (or variations thereof).

Take a look at the (albeit not STI but still odd) setup on Joanna Zerger's bike...

If you're running cowhorns, won't you be running an aerobar as well? If so, my suggestion is to buy a set of Shimano Bar Cons (bar end shifters) and install instead.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: STI on bullhorn/TT-style handlebars?loop
Mar 16, 2002 5:40 AM

I've seen it done quite a bit, and the STIs' design lends itself to modification for persuit bars. Not sure if the ergonomics on ergolevers would work, though. Still, if you've got small hands, I wouldn't recommend it. Bar-end shifters work great.

The set-up that Akira shows in his photo is slightly less common, with Joanna and Wingnut being two notable advocates--slack seat tube angles, bar end shifters and standard drops cut off just below the brake levers. The characteristic they are seeking is the ability to ride on the hoods when they are more relaxed. The trade off is they have to use shorter aero bars to compensate for the seat tube angle. I guess you could say they were "slamed" before Cobb brought it out of the closet! ;)~

Good luck!
re: it isn't big slamcyclopathic
Mar 17, 2002 7:22 AM
just "normal" forward position. look more careful at pedal/knee location left leg is in KOTS and pedadal's at 7:30

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Mar 17, 2002 8:32 AM
Perhaps I'm mistaken (happens all the time), but Joanna rides a custom 'Dale that has a geometry more like the 94-95 R700/1000...or so I seem to remember reading in one of the tri 'zines. As for Wingnut, she rides/rode a stock 200EMS and used to be on a 500EMS. Both have used the shorter aero bars combined with cut-off drops, particularly the tiny, hacked-down Syntaces Joanna uses in the Spinervals videos. I think that Fernanda Keller (moment of lustful silence, please...) also used to run a similar set up in her earlier days with GT.

Dunno...could be all wrong, but this sure seems similar to the big slam. Either way, it poses an interesting point. Joanna excells at all distaces, Olympic to IM, whereas Wendy is a long-courser. Both use the position quite well. That simply tells me that no one way/method is've got to find what works for you.
Just saw a picture of a LA TT bike with this setupLone Gunman
Mar 16, 2002 6:35 AM
It was a full combo aero bar/cowhorn setup he was riding in a TT. If the diameter of the bars is the same as normal bars, no reason I can think of why not?