- Flat bars/Drop bars on a frame.
it’s a balance thing – as your arms widen your centre of gravity moves forward unless you shorten the stem, but a very short stem on a cross bike may the steering feel jittery if the wheelbase is shorter… maybe some google image searches for cross bikes with flat bars??Posted 5 years ago
Sorry – I realised I answered the opposite question to what you asked.
1. the top tube will be a bit shorter (~3cm) and a longer stem will help though may mess the handlting/front end feel (going shorter’s not so bad)
2. presuming you have mtb disc calipers, these require the longer pull of a v-brake type lever and so won’t work with std drop levers or sti (though you can/could get drop levers that work and calipers that work with normal road levers/sti) but WILL work with std flat bar v-brake levers.
HTH…Posted 5 years agoreggiegasketMember
basically the cockpit on a flat bar can be longer (measured)
e.g. if you run a 56cm TT and 10cm stem on your roadie then the equivalent flat bar would be more like 57cm TT and a 12cm stem. This will effecively put the bar ends in the same position as where the hoods would be.
Both my roadies are flat bar setups (and one is a disc setup) so I’ve played around with this quite a bit. So if you’re buying a CX bike/frame then the bars you want to run does make a difference. If you want drops then you should buy a shorter TT and if you want flats then buy longer.Posted 5 years ago
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