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 Post subject: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:11 pm 
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A bit unconventional I know but I've heard of it being done by enduro riders and I was wandering if anyone's tried it?

I'm starting to do a few longer rides over several days which involve the odd road section to link bits together and I'm toying over getting a pair to improve aerodynamics on the road and also to give my arms a change of position.


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:06 am 
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You need some scott AT4 bars then...


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:29 pm 
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I knew someone who did it; he didn't have any problems.


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:38 pm 
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T'boo Ted wrote:
You need some scott AT4 bars then...

i used to have them on my old team stumpjumper,loved em,wish i still had them as an option.


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:48 pm 
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PurpleFrog wrote:
I knew someone who did it; he didn't have any problems.


...But it was shortly after that that he started shaving his legs...


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:12 pm 
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I have done it before, but only to enter a wednesday evening 10mile TT run by a local roadie club, that and slicks and a 50T big ring... got some strange looks :lol:

Unless you were riding solely on the road for long distances I wouldn't bother personally, you'd probably be better off getting some of the longer bar ends or similar.


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:26 pm 
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I've fitted them to old MTB's with short rigid forks and low front ends. I used them on the road with slicks.


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:28 am 
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Back in the day you see the odd mine's with an identity crisis, clad in period day glo lycra with tri bars, and apart from looking like a jerk they seemed ok. You might want a shorter stem to counter the longer top tube.

I'd just build a road bike myself - it won't be as quick on the road as a road bike, and its extra weight and extra steering inertia to manhandled off road.


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:11 pm 
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Why not look at some 'dirt drops' there's a good few out there. You may need to change your brake leers to suit and as mentioned a new stem too.


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:33 pm 
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Before I bought a road bike I completed a triathlon with a stripped down MTB: slick tyres, single chainring and a set of bar ends shifted 'inboard' of the grips. Depends on the shape of the handlebar you're running but it was an easy, fairly effective solution.


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