Can I put road bike handles on a mtn bike?

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by OniVerde, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. OniVerde

    OniVerde New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2004
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    What parts do I need to put road bars on a mountain bike? New shifters, brake levers, the bar. What else?

    The reason I want to do this instead of buying a road or hybrid is I'm leaving the country in about 3 months. I just want to go a bit faster on the road while riding my mtn bike. Am I chasing a pipe dream?
     
    Tags:


  2. JTE83

    JTE83 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2004
    Messages:
    1,390
    Likes Received:
    9
    I think a good set of lightweight narrow wheels and narrow slick tires will make you faster. No need to change the bars or shifters.
     
  3. OniVerde

    OniVerde New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2004
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ok, I'll add the wheels/tires to the list. But what about the bars?

    Also, the mtn bike is a Giant Rincon 24spd with SRAM grip shifters.
     
  4. otherworld

    otherworld New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2004
    Messages:
    139
    Likes Received:
    0
    No offence meant but this is what's called a dumb idea.

    The time and cost involved is not worth it. Just change bikes. Get a different bike when you get where you are going or do no more than change the tyres, (this makes a much bigger difference than the bars in your case) and maybe the wheels.

    Jay
     
  5. lwedge

    lwedge New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2004
    Messages:
    1,552
    Likes Received:
    2
    JTE83 is right.....

    If you want the feel of riding in the drop position then follow the advice on this link.
    http://www.cyclingforums.com/t236543-.html


    LW
     
  6. jhuskey

    jhuskey Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2003
    Messages:
    10,607
    Likes Received:
    341

    Change the tires to slick for less rolling resistance. Drop bars may give you a more aero position, but I doubt you would notice much difference besides a mountain bike frame has totally different geometry than a road bike.
    I am not sure you could do enough adjustments to achieve a logical position with drop bars.
     
  7. JTE83

    JTE83 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2004
    Messages:
    1,390
    Likes Received:
    9
    Mountain bikes are just slow. I have a Cannondale F600 that I tried to make faster with Specialised Armadillo slicks and my bike still feels slow. So I just gave up on it and now I have 4 great road bikes that I use all the time.
     
  8. gclark8

    gclark8 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2004
    Messages:
    3,522
    Likes Received:
    3
  9. shannons dad

    shannons dad New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2005
    Messages:
    624
    Likes Received:
    0
    You're not chasing a pipe dream, it's been done. Pro racers such as John Tomac were doing it during the early 90's. I've recently done it to my hybrid.

    http://photobucket.com/albums/a3/shannonsdad123/?action=view&current=294dd0bb.jpg


    You'll need the bars (obviously!), bar tape, STI units, new cables and patience!
    Be sure to get the right bar thickness for your stem though.
     
  10. lehowe0

    lehowe0 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2005
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    1
Loading...
Loading...