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Road drop bar on mountain bike for commuting?(9 posts)

Road drop bar on mountain bike for commuting?alteng
Feb 13, 2003 10:33 PM
Is it possible with mountian bike geometry. Is it comfortable to ride? Does it look funny? Any sugesstions?

re: Road drop bar on mountain bike for commuting?MJ
Feb 14, 2003 2:11 AM
yes, depends, yes, yes - order a moustache bar from Rivendell

can't be beaten for commuting and coolness
Tried it back in the late 80's.dzrider
Feb 14, 2003 4:51 AM
To ride with my hands on the hoods I had to use a much shorter stem than I used on my road bike. This will vary depending on your bike's geopmetry. The only difficulty I had was that it's hard to squeeze road levers with as much force as you can put on motorcycle levers. Hopefully newer mtb brakes close more easily than the cantilever brakes on my old bike. Ultimately I put the flat bar back on and added clip-on aero bars for longer rides and windy days.
re: Road drop bar on mountain bike for commuting?Joe Connell
Feb 14, 2003 5:50 AM
I've got them on my commuter. You need a higher and shorter stem, but other then that it works. You also have to do something with the v-brakes if you have them, like use a travel agent; so it's not really a cheap conversion but can be worth it if you want to do it. It looks a little funny, but it's pretty comfortable, more streached out then a road bike because MTB's usually have a longer top tube then an equivalant road bike, but it can work if your flexable enough.

Sure, I did.....Ligon
Feb 14, 2003 7:46 AM
I put a drop bar on my single speed mountain bike for commuting. I found that the drop bar was more comfortable. It was very inexpensive, but then again I did not have to get new shifters, just some cheapy brake levers. If you have V-brakes you have to get some travel adjusters which are pretty cheap too. As far as looks go, I think it looks really cool.

Hope this helps,
re: Road drop bar on mountain bike for commuting?ukiahbill
Feb 14, 2003 8:44 AM
I had to do that once when I found a crack in my touring bike frame right before a tour and had to take my mountain bike instead...anyway, it worked fine and was comfortable to ride...FWIW I used bar end shifters too.
OEM on bridgestone mb1'sctisevn
Feb 14, 2003 8:56 AM
the mb1's came like that until 91 I think. look up bridgestone mb1 on google if you want to see a pic of how it might look. I had drops on a cannondale single speed f700 for a few months that I was using for commuting but I wanted something wider so I put upside down riser bars on. this was long before the wtb dirt drop cx bars were around or I would have gone with them, theyre worth checking out for mt bike use, a bit spendy though at about $70.
sure you can...scrublover
Feb 15, 2003 12:08 PM
my commuter/winter play bike. the mtb is getting some frame work done, so this has fat tires on at the moment. cheapy bar. ends cut off so i stay out of the drops in traffic. old bar end shifter working a 9 speed cassette spaced out to 7 speeds. 36 front, 11-23 rear. kinda low, but just for cruising. get yourself s shorter high rise stem, and it's doable. puts me in nearly the same spot as with flat bars and my regular stem.
re: Road drop bar on mountain bike for commuting?Nug
Feb 15, 2003 8:52 PM
Dia-comp makes a brake lever (287?) that can be used with V-brakes, instead of the travel agent routine. Compare prices, either way will work.