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Flat bar into a drop bar??

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Young Un, 24 Jun 2008.

  1. Young Un

    Young Un New Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    hi, my dad went into a giant dealer today and picked up a catalogue for me. i was looking through the bikes drooling as you do, when i looked at both the scr4 and the fcr3. my dad looked at the bikes in person and was chatting to the lady, he also seemed to realise the fcr3 looked better spec/more sensable than the scr4. he asked the lady in the shop wheather you could make a flat bar bike into a drop bar bike with bar end shifters., and she said that it was imposible because the two use differnt mechanisms

    1. would fitting drop bars to the fcr3 make it have the same geomerty as the scr4?
    2. can it be done?
     
  2. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    Yes it can be done. Are you sure you mean bar end shifters?

    I belive the two bikes use exactly the same frame, so yes the geometry will be the same. - (not 100% sure about that; but it used to be case on earlier models.)

    BTW, the SCR has a really upright / high ride compared to most racers.
     
  3. Young Un

    Young Un New Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    your right redbike well spotted i mean the gear levers that are the same as the brake levers, cant remeber what there called

    the reason for it mainly is for the triple chainset,

    how much do you think the lbs would charge to do the conversion??
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    It's not cheap. The brake levers/shifters are pretty expensive on their own. Then I think you will also need to replace the front mech.
     
  5. Young Un

    Young Un New Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    doh, so it would be cheaper to buy the scr4 and then if i need to upgrade to a triple chain set instead of a conversion?
     
  6. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Yes course it's possible, I've done it to my bike. But only 'cos I originally wanted flat bars, but then as I progressed I decided I wanted drop bars. If you know you want drop bars to start off with, then just buy a bike with drop bars to start with, it'll undoubtedly be cheaper.
    I'd personally recommend STI shifters if you're having drop bars. But I got a very good deal on mine, got some unboxed OEM 105s for £40, then also need handlebars, bar tape, and I also needed new cables 'cos my old ones were ready for replacing anyway and a new cassette 'cos i was upgrading from 8 to 9 speed.

    Don't necessarily limit your choice to just a Giant (although Giants are good).
    You'll find some bike shops are stockists for one type of bike mainly, but you can hunt around different bike shops who will have affiliations with different manufacturers.
     
  7. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    Shifters (sora) £60
    Front Mech £12
    New brake cables £10
    New Gear cables £10
    bar tape = £10
    Labour? - Could be upwards of £50 for a bike build

    I would say £100 minimum, probably quite a bit more.
     
  8. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

  9. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Drops to flats is cheaper than flats to drops.

    I went from drops to flats and it hardly cost me anything. I sold the Sora STIs on Ebay, got the new brake levers and shifters cheap by shopping around, and managed to get away without changing the front mech.
     
  10. Young Un

    Young Un New Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    thinks i might stick to the scr4 then, how much would it cost to upgrade to a triple chainset if i found that a double wasnt enough for the hilly town where i live,

    also could someone tell me the order of the ranges of shimano and campagnolo
     
  11. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    No need to upgrade to a triple IMO. Go for the SCR4 and run it as double for abit. There is always the option of walking up a hill if it is really big.
    the STI shifters are expensive. The Sora one i think are about £100. If you were going to use STI's i would use Tigra shifters so you can change both ways while on the drops.
    But if you got the SCR4 then the Sora is fine and you will get used to it.
     
  12. Young Un

    Young Un New Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    yh i need to go and look at the bikes, cus i am getting confused about this thumb lever trigger thingy's.
     
  13. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    It would be easier to change to a compact rather than a triple if you were struggling -a compact has 2 rings that are more apart size-wise, so you get more of a range. That's if the bike you're looking at doesn't have a compact on anyway.
     
  14. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    I personally wouldn't touch any road bike with a barge pole that hasn't got all the following on it to start with:
    a) Drop bars
    :sad: Tiagra or above shifters
    c) Triple chainset

    I wouldn't set about butchering it or 'making do' with a double or compact chainset or faffing about with silly sora levers. But that's just me :sad::sad::angry:
     
  15. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Compacts have nothing to do with 'making do' bonj.

    Please don't start trying to confuse people with your wittering.