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MTB drop bar conversion

Discussion in 'Photo Gallery' started by cyberknight, 19 Mar 2016.

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  1. cyberknight

    cyberknight Guru

    Location:
    South Derbyshire
    I have finally got around to converting my subway to drops.
    Bontrager drop bars off flea bay , less than £10
    Tektro rl 520 linear aero brake levers £15.99
    8 speed/ friction left bar end shifters second hand £8
    Bar tape £6.99
    Cables , i had in stock
    Longer stem as the bars are a really short reach , in stock

    I might flip the stem yet as this is the initial set up , all indexed and test ridden :smile:
    drop bar mtb.jpg
     
  2. steve50

    steve50 Disenchanted Member

    Location:
    West Yorkshire
    Mmmmm, those bar end shifters look like they could be awkward to use on the road, the bike looks a little like a cx.
     
  3. Yellow Saddle

    Yellow Saddle Veteran

    Location:
    Loch side.
    I like.
    I find drops the most comfortable bars of them all.
     
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  4. cyberknight

    cyberknight Guru

    Location:
    South Derbyshire
    Tested the shifters on the road , as the drops are really compact so they are easy enough to reach and certainly more comfy for me than flat bars.
     
  5. Elswick Cotterpin

    Elswick Cotterpin Senior Member

    Location:
    South Wales
    That's nice. Good job; it looks as if it'll go anywhere.
     
  6. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    The middle bit
    Of course, being picky a Subway isn't an MTB.
     
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  7. cyberknight

    cyberknight Guru

    Location:
    South Derbyshire
    This is the old 26 " wheeled one , came with semi knobblies so i would call it a MTB, it doesnt need to be a full suss downhill machine to go of road no matter how much the adverts try to convince us that you need suspension to ride anywhere.
     
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  8. coco69

    coco69 Über Member

    Location:
    North west
    That looks insane but in a nice way.
     
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  9. cyberknight

    cyberknight Guru

    Location:
    South Derbyshire
    Changed the cassette to an 11-28 today as i found the gaps a bit big on the on 11 -32 , i think i will keep the stem angle because if i drop it lower i might find the shifters harder to reach .
     
  10. cyberknight

    cyberknight Guru

    Location:
    South Derbyshire
    Rode to work yesterday , maybe 2 minutes faster than when it was stock but obviously on the hills is where it struggles due to its weight.
     
  11. uphillstruggler

    uphillstruggler Veteran

    Location:
    Half way there
    I've been toying with attempting this with my old ridgeback 604 mountain bike as I find the flat bars uncomfortable now. I hadn't considered bar end shifters as I have sti levers from another bike.

    food for thought, cheers
     
  12. cyberknight

    cyberknight Guru

    Location:
    South Derbyshire
    You could use your sti s , you would need a road front mech and you might get the right cable pull for your v brakes (?) with travel adaptors
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Problem-S...e606535&pid=100011&rk=1&rkt=1&sd=400844182645
    I find the bar end shifters easy enough to use but im lucky enough to have picked up really compact set of drops .
     
  13. uphillstruggler

    uphillstruggler Veteran

    Location:
    Half way there
    thanks for posting the link.

    I think this may be a long term project so this info is pretty useful. I am actually thinking of new CX wheels to replace the 26 inch so there will be other considerations.

    cheers.
     
  14. cyberknight

    cyberknight Guru

    Location:
    South Derbyshire
    Update ...
    Im finding the bars a bit narrow as they are 38s and it looks weird from the cockpit due to the chunkiness of everything else, considering moving to 42s or would bull horns work if i used the shifters ala TT ones at the bul horns ? summat like this with the shifters at the end?
    _DSC0587.jpg
     
  15. uphillstruggler

    uphillstruggler Veteran

    Location:
    Half way there
    IMG_1765.JPG @cyberknight It's been a while since I've been on this thread and my old MTB now looks like this

    Strong as an Ox and stubborn too. It doesn't matter how many bikes I have, I still really enjoy riding this.

    The brakes need improving and the drivetrain needs tinkering with but I just can't see past it for everyday use.