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Short Top Tube & Reach for Singletrack?

Old 01-29-21, 09:56 AM
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If you really insist on trying this theory out, you need to look for a used Salsa Fargo. That is the only mountain capable bike that I know specifically designed for drop bars. Some folks have set them up with flat bars because they wanted super short reach setups. My experience with the bikeis, if you shorten the cockpit that much you will find climbing hills nearly impossible because you won't be able to keep the front end down. Then you will come to your senses and put the drop bars back on it that it was designed for.


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Old 01-29-21, 10:12 AM
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I have a friend who has set up multiple flat-bar bikes that were designed with drop bars in mind. He has had his pick of 130-150mm stems that no one else wants to make this work, because anything shorter makes the bike tiny and awkward like c_m_shooter says. it took him years to come around, but he's finally started riding a proper drop bar setup on a frame that was designed with a drop bar in mind. he seems to still make them fit similar to a mountain bike, but it works for him.

There are quite a few drop-bar mountain bikes or mtb-ish bikes on the market like Black Mountain Cycles, Otso, Crust, etc. Moisture will need to bump his budget if he wants something truly purpose built for that kind of thing.
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Old 01-29-21, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
My experience with the bikeis, if you shorten the cockpit that much you will find climbing hills nearly impossible because you won't be able to keep the front end down. Then you will come to your senses and put the drop bars back on it that it was designed for.
Theoretically this could be solved by sliding the seat forward. Doesn't take much more than an inch of sliding the seat forward to change the weight distribution which will keep the front end down.
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Old 01-29-21, 10:37 AM
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Theoretically this could be solved by sliding the seat forward. Doesn't take much more than an inch of sliding the seat forward to change the weight distribution which will keep the front end down.
no. for one thing, that could throw off an otherwise good balance and power you have achieved with the original saddle position. second, it does nothing for the standing pedaling position on the bike.
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no. for one thing, that could throw off an otherwise good balance and power you have achieved with the original saddle position. second, it does nothing for the standing pedaling position on the bike.
I would agree with this.
You can do a lot of monkeying around for road use by adjusting saddle/stem length but cramping the cockpit artificially throws off the balance for mtbing. Especially without a dropper that allows you to move your cog back when needed.
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