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 Post subject: Offroad drop bars
PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:19 pm 
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Flared-out "offroad" drop bars seem to make a comeback with the gravel/monstercross crowd. Can anyone tell me what's so great about them? The idea of having your lowest hand position also be the widest seems to be defeating the purpose of aero vs. control.

If I was looking for a bars setup that can do technical sections, as well as long gravel stretches, I'd probably use a flat bar and mount "drop" bar ends inside the brake levers, for a compact road position on long stretches.

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/origin8-pro- ... prod18606/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Did anyone try something like this?

Edit: found a similar concept, except with regular bar ends http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/t ... argo/page2 . Looks quirky of course, but purposeful.

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 Post subject: Re: Offroad drop bars
PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:00 pm 
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You want to talk to this guy.

http://forums.mtbr.com/member.php?u=233241

http://mtbtires.com/features/bikes/why_dropbars.html


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 Post subject: Re: Offroad drop bars
PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:52 pm 
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Oh ok. The "drops" position is supposed to emulate the "normal" position of a straight bar. I'm more after a fast position for non-technical terrain. Seen flat bars with Cinelli Spinaci being used for that ... but got to admit everything except normal bar-ends on a flat bar looks quite weird.

Will just make do with a wide road bar. Got to admit the offroad drop bars look quite rad on those monster cross bikes, once the eye has become used to it.

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 Post subject: Re: Offroad drop bars
PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:15 pm 
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I only use drop bars...


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 Post subject: Re: Offroad drop bars
PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:07 pm 
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Geoff wrote:
I only use drop bars...


Geoff,

Any pics of your drop bar setup?

Thanx,

Brian


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 Post subject: Re: Offroad drop bars
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Here it is...


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 Post subject: Re: Offroad drop bars
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Whoa, there must be an interesting story to that/you. Has this already been discussed elsewhere on the forum?


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