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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:40 pm 
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[quote="gavinda"]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.[/quote

I think the guy wants to stay with flat bars for offroad. Dirt drops are for people who actually want to ride on drops in the dirt. Which can work very well, depending on personal taste and the trails you are riding.

And true dirt drops like Midges only have a single position, so he wouldn't get the benefit of being able to change to give muscles a rest, or have a really low and long aero position. He'd have to fit something like Salsa Bell Laps instead and ride the road in the drops and the trails on the hoods, which is a much trickier proposition for technical riding.

..Plus switching to drops costs a lot more than adding bar ends or tri bar extensions, unless you are riding a singlespeed.


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:53 pm 
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Knew someone would have a better explanation. I always assumed that bars like midges et al had a wider 'top' and that they did offer position changes.


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:50 pm 
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PurpleFrog wrote:
I think the guy wants to stay with flat bars for offroad. Dirt drops are for people who actually want to ride on drops in the dirt. Which can work very well, depending on personal taste and the trails you are riding.


You got it in one, I've got some long rides planed to later in the year 200 miles plus which are 75% odd road but given there nature there are a few long road sections linking bits together, so it's a case of making the best of what's available to me.


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:02 am 
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Rob H wrote:
PurpleFrog wrote:
I think the guy wants to stay with flat bars for offroad. Dirt drops are for people who actually want to ride on drops in the dirt. Which can work very well, depending on personal taste and the trails you are riding.


You got it in one, I've got some long rides planed to later in the year 200 miles plus which are 75% odd road but given there nature there are a few long road sections linking bits together, so it's a case of making the best of what's available to me.


What have you got planned for tyres? Crossmarks if it is still dry?


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:15 am 
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I'm going for Conti Race Kings


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:23 am 
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You could look at some of the dinky clip ons that the triathletes have taken to using for bunch riding.
Or get a cheap pair and trim the extensions down.
(Normal length tri bars will be faaaar too long when combined with an mtb length top tube/riding position, plus I'm not sure I'd want that much metal cantilevered out over the front end of the bike when I was off road!)


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:35 am 
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corsarob wrote:
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.


May have a set for sale - although shipping will be fun.


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:42 pm 
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T'boo Ted wrote:
You need some scott AT4 bars then...


...and matching neon spandex. Whilst they made a lot of sense I just can't bring myself to put a pair on my bike.

gavinda wrote:
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.


Drops are a pretty much none starter as I'm running hydrolic disc brakes, I know there are work arounds but I don't think the cost / effort is worth the benifit.

mattr wrote:
Normal length tri bars will be faaaar too long when combined with an mtb length top tube/riding position


That is an extremely good point and one I'd over looked

mattr wrote:
You could look at some of the dinky clip ons that the triathletes have taken to using for bunch riding.
Or get a cheap pair and trim the extensions down.


That's a good idea, I'll look out for some


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:42 pm 
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Re. reach, it sounds like you might want Cinelli Spinacci:

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On sale (discontinued?) here: http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/HBC ... extensions


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 Post subject: Re: TriBars on a MTB
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:04 pm 
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well if you aren't concerned about looking uber what about butterfly bars? again waiting to be corrected but every suggestion helps :)


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