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Hey Akirasho!(4 posts)

Hey Akirasho!cydswipe
Jul 13, 2003 5:28 AM
A couple of days ago there was a post about STI's on cowhorn bars. I recall you were one of the posters who were trying it as well. How's it work for you? I'm considering it but don't want to waste my time if there is a major hang up, ie: cable routing, STI's levers out of reach, etc. Which bar did you use? Post some pics of the look if you could!
re: Hey Akirasho!Akirasho
Jul 13, 2003 6:32 AM
... not exactly... I think I was saying that I recently installed an aerobar on a STI/drops equipped bike... it's the first time I've used STI and an aerobar in this config (all my other aerobar equipped bikes have cowhorns and bar end shifters).

My purpose was to maintain the relative positions and options of a drop bar bike while having an aero option (long and straight undulating rollers common to the countryside south of here).

From what I can see... I can't imagine any problems in doing so (modern frames). My other aero equipped bikes are TT specific... so braking is of less concern than shifting (thus aerobar mounted shifters). I wanted this newer configuration to have a bit more flexibility (to be determined). Depending on how and why you'd use 'em, and on which bar, they should be within easy reach.

Triathletes also find this a popular combo (sometimes with cowhorns... sometimes with drops).

Here is the bike I built... with drops and a Deda Clip Black aerobar. I use Syntace Stratos cowhorns... but they've less of a lift at the end than the above pictured ITMs (note how the overall position of the STI on the Vini Caldirola riders is close to where it'd be on the drops)... I guess it would be a matter of personal preferences.

Be the bike.
Anybody can chime in if you like...cydswipe
Jul 13, 2003 7:43 AM
Akirasho I guess I mis-understood what you had posted. My bad. My main reason for swapping out bars is that I have never used the drops under any circumstance. After looking at cowhorns, realizing that they don't extend out as far over the front wheel as I thought they did, they might be a nice trade. I do a lot of climbing. The cowhorns would still be O.K. as long as they don't angle down too steep. My Profile Design Airstrykes have the flip-up brackets. I think it would be a nice switch. I'm still debating. NCAA football for the ps2 comes out Tues. So my money goes there :)
Thanks for the info, did you ever get that e-composites helmet?
Anybody can chime in if you like...Akirasho
Jul 13, 2003 8:06 AM
I've never thought of cowhorns as being particularily good for climbs... but to a point, I could see an increased bit of leverage (although, a lot of that might depend on your bar/stem interface... and how much leverage you applied).

You can angle most cowhorns to suit your needs (some integrated bar/stem systems offer less overall positioning flexibility).

Here's a pic or three of cowhorn equipped rides...

I really don't spend that much time on the cowhorns... save for one century I did aboard this bike...

... it was not fun.

Be the bike.