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Offline Scotty0424

Bar talk
« on: May 12, 2022, 08:31:39 am »
I'd like to hear from anyone who has ditched traditional drop bars and installed alternatives such as VO Crazy Bars or Surly Molokos. Looking for more upright riding with a variety of hand positions. What sort of a project is this. I'm anticipating new brake levers (I have a Surly Disc trucker, 10-speeds, with bar-end shifters.) Am I also looking at new derailleurs etc? It's never as easy as just swapping one thing for another, is it? Thanks

Offline HikeBikeCook

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Re: Bar talk
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2022, 09:13:31 am »
I have the same bike and converted over to butterfly bars and then converted back to my drop bars. The bike, for me, handled better under load with the drop bars.

For the bar end shifters I bought Thumbies from Paul Components https://www.roadbikereview.com/threads/new-microshift-thumbies-from-paul-components.381029/ - not cheap but a nice product. For the brake levers I bought the Avid Speed Dial 7 https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YBEJKW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1. Beware that I ordered a "pair" from REI and they shipped a single brake lever. All other components (derailleurs, etc.) remained the same. Be sure to by new brake and shift cables before starting your project. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LXXAFV5/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M0WML33/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I also went with an adjustable stem https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B08F7P174R/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1 which is the one component that I kept when I switched back. The adjustable stem lets you sit more upright but can be dropped on those days with persistent 20 mph headwinds.


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Offline ray b

Re: Bar talk
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2022, 08:51:09 pm »
Have fun - I've tried a bunch of options - Jones, Surly, etc.

This is my favorite, but involves a slightly longer steerer than you might have, an old unfashionably short and straight Easton handlebar, some Ergon bar ends, and a Fred Bar to mount the carbon aero bars. You'd need to mount thumb shifters. (This rig runs single speed or Rohloff.)
« Last Edit: May 12, 2022, 08:53:14 pm by ray b »
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Offline Tandem Tom

Re: Bar talk
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2022, 07:04:18 am »
0n my LHT I started with flat bars then switched to butterfly when we rode across the US. I did not like the brake lever setup especially on fast descents. I could not keep my hands spread out. Switched to Crazy Bars for riding across Canada and for 3 European trips and other US tours.
They are fantastic!

Offline Scotty0424

Re: Bar talk
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2022, 07:50:48 am »
0n my LHT I started with flat bars then switched to butterfly when we rode across the US. I did not like the brake lever setup especially on fast descents. I could not keep my hands spread out. Switched to Crazy Bars for riding across Canada and for 3 European trips and other US tours.
They are fantastic!

Did your LHT have bar end shifters? If so, what did you do about those? If not, did you have to change out shifters and/or brake levers when you went to Crazy Bars. I kind of like the look of the VO Klunkers too. Might be an option.

Offline Tandem Tom

Re: Bar talk
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2022, 08:04:58 am »
No bar end shifters. I use Shimano Trigger Shifters.