2013 Specialized Sirrus Elite drop bar conversion

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by coolcamaro12, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. coolcamaro12

    coolcamaro12 New Member

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    I was wondering if a drop bar conversion would be a good idea on my 2013 specialized Elite? I know I have the "mechanical" skills to put everything together. Also, would this be possible for under $100? I am only a high school student and my budget is very tight. Any help would be greatly appreciated :D
     
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  2. dabac

    dabac Well-Known Member

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    Under USD 100?
    Unlikely, unless you have a serious stash of parts already.
    Apart from the obvious - the bar - there are several other parts affected. Your brake/shifter combo won't fit on a drop bar. Your brakes won't work with the most commonly available road brake/shifter combos. Your front derailer might not play nice with a road shifter. A drop bar will put your hands 2-4" further forward. If the bike is correctly sized now, you'd need a shorter stem to compensate.

    If all you want is a hunched down position for battling headwinds, consider some drop bar ends.
    If you want multiple hand positions, consider trekking AKA butterfly bars.
    Or maybe try scoring a split drop bar off a department store bike, which'd allow you to mount your current brakes/shifters by the flat center part.

    There are drop bars in flat bar diameter - which would let you reuse your brakes/shifters, sort of - but they're kinda rare.

    You might be better off spending that 100 USD on a used road bike.
     
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    coolcamaro12 New Member

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    THANK you so much! All I really needed was the drop bar ends. I didn't even know they existed! I would give you a cookie if I had one :D
     
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