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Drop Bar MTB
« on: June 02, 2013, 02:26:32 PM »
I'm considering an MTB.  Due to injuries with my wrists and shoulders, I can't ride a flat bar "normal" MTB.  So a drop bar it will have to be.  It will be for non-technical singletrack and fire roads.  If you were going to build up a hardtail, what would you choose for:
- Fork?  It'll probably be a 650b size wheel.  A 29'er will give me too much toe overlap (I'm short).
- Brakes?  Cable activated disks require more cable pull than the SRAM Rival levers provide.  I'm leaning toward the http://www.hopetech.com/page.aspx?itemID=SPG343 with Hope rotors.

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Re: Drop Bar MTB
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2013, 02:35:04 PM »
Go with BB7 Road disc brakes to work properly with the road levers. If you're not using it on technical terrain, maybe a good carbon fork and a high-volume tire will suffice. If you need suspension (probably do if you're wrists are not in the best shape) - not sure about 650B stuff as I haven't read anything on what's available. What I see on Universal Cycles shows a lot of expensive 650B suspension forks. Yikes.

How about a fatbike with some mustache bars or something like that :)

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Re: Drop Bar MTB
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2013, 09:31:58 PM »
The new Shimano cross disc brakes will work with road shifters too (as will any cross disc brakes).

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Re: Drop Bar MTB
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2013, 09:51:31 AM »
FWIW, I can't use Shimano road shifters either.  It's why I've been running Campy on road bikes for over 15 years.  There's a basic ergonomic incompatibility.



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Re: Drop Bar MTB
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2013, 08:08:36 PM »
SRAM now has hydro road levers.
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Re: Drop Bar MTB
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2013, 09:13:20 PM »
SRAM now has hydro road levers.

Only for Red, which is WAY out of my budget this go round.

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Re: Drop Bar MTB
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2013, 09:15:58 PM »
No, not only for red.
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Re: Drop Bar MTB
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2013, 07:01:30 PM »
After much searching, I found some MTB type bars that will work for me.  I haven't nailed down exactly the right one, but this means I can buy a run of the mill, off the shelf bike and swap out the bars.  Test rode a Giant XTC today and it handles well enough.  Probably get that.  Local shop offered it for a pretty good price.
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