Over the course of this nasty winter here in NY, I decided to redo my Troll again. I have had the bike for 5 or 6 years and have had it setup first as a single speed MTB, Geared MTB, Drop bars, upright bars, fenders, no fenders, even with a 3-speed IGH.
I always thought the bike was most fun with the drops but I was not satisfied with the setup and went back to riser bars. Then this fall I had an opportunity to purchase a pair of Salsa “Cowchipper” bars. I have a 44mm wide set on my Straggler and I really like the short, flat transition into the brake levers. The pair I came across this fall are really wide! The other part of the setup that I wanted to fix was the stack and reach of the stem, then I saw the +25deg stem that Crust Bikes was offering, I knew I had a start.
One challenge when converting to drops with MTB disks is the amount of “pull” that road levers and MTB levers. The other problem is how to shift it. I have Sram 10 speed stuff on the Troll so friction shifting with bar end shifters won’t work, I didn’t want to spend on Sram road bifters and then change to brake calipers to road pull. I used Tektro R341 levers to match the standard BB-7 cable pull but then what to do with the shifters? I was studying this and came up with the idea that I needed a clamp that would go around the 31.8 diameter of the handlebars at the stem….digging around in my parts drawers, I came up with a couple front derailleur clamps that I modified a bit with my Dremil to mount the Sram Shifters. It works perfect, kind of like having stem shifters, and even if I am on the hoods, I can stretch my thumb over and push the shifter paddle. I did make a nice test ride last week end, I think I like it, this may be a bike to use for a little back road s24o adventuring this season, if I make the time for it.
I will try to add some pictures here if you have not already seen them on my IG.