Steel on Wheels Forum
Sign up Calendar Latest Topics
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment  
Spencer

Avatar / Picture

Senior Member
Registered:
Posts: 400
Reply with quote  #1 

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. IMG_2582.jpg  IMG_2590.jpg  IMG_2596.jpg  IMG_2600.jpg  IMG_2603.jpg  IMG_2604.jpg  IMG_2605.jpg 



__________________
Spencer
Instagram - http://Instagram.com/lifeinthedrops
Tumblr - http://finnyct90.tumblr.com
email - finny@gtel.net
old blog - http://gogouphill.blogspot.com

0
Louis

Avatar / Picture

Member
Registered:
Posts: 89
Reply with quote  #2 
Sweet! Love your handlebar wrap job. Those big tires really look comfortable for fighting the potholes that spring thaw will bring.

Oh, yes, TGFDT!! (Thank god for Dremel tools).
0
graveldoc

Senior Member
Registered:
Posts: 235
Reply with quote  #3 
Very nice, Spencer.  Isn't if fun to experiment with different builds?!
0
tallbikeman

Senior Member
Registered:
Posts: 129
Reply with quote  #4 
Spencer that is one wide handlebar, the better to show your great taping job.  I'm a fan of wide bars.  You are definitely easier on paint jobs than I am.  A very good looking off road bicycle.  Like you I've tried all sorts of shifter ideas and positions.  I most like under handlebar index shifters followed by above bar friction shifters all located so I can shift them without moving my hands. The long cable pull of SRAM 10 speed derailleurs precludes a lot of great shifter options.  Your bicycle looks very capable of handling all manner of off road conditions. Good luck
0
Spencer

Avatar / Picture

Senior Member
Registered:
Posts: 400
Reply with quote  #5 
I think getting the bars up high and wide will allow me to hang on through the rough spots. The Surlys are finished with a fusion bond type coating, it is a lot tougher than “wet” paint and it has held up pretty well. I am past the age of “hey watch this” and I have no problem hopping off and pushing through the rough spots so I have not sent the bike skipping down the rocks too many times.
There are so many nice spots that I like to ride to, most involve some miles of paved road to get to access roads and single track, so this bike should go down the road without feeling like I am driving a tractor but capable enough to get through the trails.

__________________
Spencer
Instagram - http://Instagram.com/lifeinthedrops
Tumblr - http://finnyct90.tumblr.com
email - finny@gtel.net
old blog - http://gogouphill.blogspot.com

0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.