- drop bars on touring type bike
I’m currently building a mix of a bike, using some bit’s I already have and buying some new.
It’s an MTB frame that will be running a triple 10sp road drive train, BB7’s and probably 26″ wheel (for now). I need to buy a set of bars but have absolutely no idea what I should be looking for.
I’ve seen the salsa bell laps that look good but any other recommendations? not looking to spend too much.
cheersPosted 7 years agodufresneoramaMember
I started off with Butterfly bars on my surly, but just could not get them set up correctly. Cables off at weird angles and really just far too upright a riding position.
I changed to Nitto Randonneurs and haven’t looked back since. They sweep up a bit on the tops and flare out on the drops. Very comfortable with Specialized bar phat and far more hand positions than I could use on butterfly bars.Posted 7 years agodrinkmoreportMember
OnOne Midge bars are best value imo. i have used Bell Laps but tbh they don’t really flare our that much, try their new Cowbells if your after Salsa bars, or the Woodchipper.
i have thought about using a Jones/Titec style bar as they look like they’d be comfy but then i wouldn’t be able to use a bar bag.
i have Midges on my Sabbath and Cowbells on the crosserPosted 7 years ago
info on mixing drive trains here
& a little on c-ring sizing & mechs
you might need to buy thisPosted 7 years ago
I have an MTB front mech with 9sp 105 STIs on my crosser. To be fair it’s not a very modern MTB mech – it’s a Deore LX, which dates it enough – for those wanting a precise date, it’s marked as an M550. Also designed to work with standard MTB chainrings (ie 46T big ring). However it might be old, but it’s a top swing, with similar looking geometry to modern stuff.
What isn’t mentioned is what chainset you’re using – if you’re using road sized rings as would be normal for a road tourer then you want a road front mech.
As for the original question and most of the responses, the question should surely be “drop bars on MTBers touring bike”. I have standard drops on mine, as do most other people I’ve seen – it’s what comes as standard on bikes sold for touring.Posted 7 years agodavidtaylforthMember
Road chainsets are designed to fit 68mm BB shells with no spacers. So they wont fit your mtb frame.
MTB chainsets have a different BCD to road chainsets, and also a different Q factor (I dont even really know what this means but it may affect the front shifting)Posted 7 years agoDickyboySubscriber
MTB front shifters have different pull ratios to road front shifters so you will need a road front mech matched to a road shifter (rear mechs are mix & match though).Posted 7 years ago
Also std road chainline is 45mm whereas mtb chainline is 50mm, which is another reason why mechs won’t mix & match – and why larger rings may be fouling the chainstay. If its an older octalink or square taper chainset it may be possible to get away with a different length botoom bracket instead though to alter the chainline & clearance to suit
Best bet is to get a touring frame to start withianvenMember
Re drop bars, I tried them on my single speed road bike but couldn’t get on with them. The front end seemed too twitchy because of the added distance from the hoods to the steerer tube. I’ve gone back to straight bars with bar ends. Bought the drop bar second hand so haven’t lost much cash tryingPosted 7 years ago
is that true of 10 speed? i thought 10speed road required 9speed mtb mech?
Not true of 10 speed. It’s even worse than that – it depends what generation of 10 speed road. Older stuff needs a 9sp MTB mech, newer stuff works with 10sp MTB.
To the OP – if it’s only the inner ring which is a problem and not too far off, then a smaller ring might help – you should be able to put on a 26 and get it to work decently (I have 52-39-26 on the tandem).Posted 7 years ago
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