Drop bar advice

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I've done a few conversions to drops over the years and Konas are not easy as they tend to have longer top tubes than most. Good luck, but you may well find it's not a happy swap. Lower-end Marins or Specialized work well, likewise Dawes (currently enjoying a 653 Edge with drops).
 

grahame

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I've done a few conversions to drops over the years and Konas are not easy as they tend to have longer top tubes than most. Good luck, but you may well find it's not a happy swap. Lower-end Marins or Specialized work well, likewise Dawes (currently enjoying a 653 Edge with drops).
Early to mid ‘90s Trek bikes are also good for drop bar conversion for the normal spined humans (I’m long in the spine and short in the leg, so long top tubes work for me), they had shorter top tubes than most with 800 series frames being shorter than 900 series, if I remember correctly.
 
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grahame

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For those considering making a retro mountainbike into a commuter (or a tourer), Planet X has the world's best* mudguards reduced from £44.99 to £14.99 - a bargain way to keep your bum dry on the commute.


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You'll need a stem as above and the lever tops are at about your normal bar height so resting on them is the default position. Bar end shifters are the way to go otherwise you're always reaching to change rather than making things more stable. (i have a habit of looking down as i change)
 
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