I'm sure it's time for some big tires now that you've gone flat bar. Nano 40s?
With the weekend looking very wet and the Oak Bay Bikes Kris Cross on Sunday I am looking for a good wet grass mud tire.
My 35 WTB Crossboss tires pack up very fast and don't shed mud at all.
The bike was great for the Blubber Burn event. I however was terribly out of shape.
I was amazed by how many CX racers had tubes in their tires…. People all over the place fixing flats.
My brother and I ran tubeless and had no problems. I hit the rim hard on a few rocks and just kept on riding
Took the spd off. Tried riding with them for a few months and did one race. Can't ride with them.
That sounds like a hell of a lot of fun there Heathen. I've been contemplating a dropper on my CX bike for a couple of years now…if only I rode it more…
Bar advice: wide bars are awesome, better fit for me and better control in the rough. Descending in the drops is actually better than on the hoods, better braking power, arms as suspension, better grip on the bars etc. modern road/cross bike fit has just changed to be based on riding the hoods more than the drops since STI took over. If you set your bike up so it's comfy in the drops and with a bar that fits your body, and nice and wide a drop bar can be amazing for cross riding and racing.
I wouldn't race with a super flared bar or bullhorns - there's too much rubbin' (and tangled up crashing) in racing for pokey handlebars. I've struggled to get past dudes with dirt drop style bars and they're a pain in the ass, particularly in tight corners. I ruthlessly shut the door on guys guy after I get around, and I'm generally overly nice about letting folks through. Also tradition.
I wish they made bars wider than 46. Coming from a Mtb back ground I find then way way too narrow. I will probably chop the flat bar to 26".
I am not worried about the hipster fixies heckling me for the flat bar.
Turbine flat bar, Rival 1x11 bar mount shifter and 4" dropper on order. Pulled a pair of Avid speed dial brake levers out of the parts bin.
You'll need new brake levers and shifters too in all likelihood. Is the drop bar too low? Could a different stem and drop bar be a solution? Being short I prefer the compact 3TTT or FSA drop bars. Less reach and less drop combined with an 80 mm plus 6Â° stem equals comfort for me. I have a couple cm of spacers under the stem too. If you can't ride your cross or road bike on the drops comfortably something is wrong.
The bar is too narrow and I don't enjoy riding technical stuff on the hoods. Hands go numbing.
You better put a really long stem on it or the top tube length is going to be alot shorter.
I am just changing the bar. It has a 90mm stem already.
The bike is used for CX racing and putting around town. I just find the drop bars so uncomfortable.
With the risk of being accused of riding a 29er gone I will now put a flat bar on my Konas Private Jake. :banana:
What about tire clearance?
We are talking about just changing the bar. Everything else stays the same.