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There are some drop bar bikes that are set up really well and some that aren't. I'm hoping the ones that are set up really well predominate in this thread. I see some bikes posted in other forums that are really bad and it would be nice for folks to be able to find properly set up drop bar bikes in one place as a reference of sorts. VRCers seem to have the hang of setting up dirt drops. I know there are a few styles of offroad drop bars, and people have different preferences, but generally proper dirt drop bar setup fall in a pretty narrow range.

Enough people ask about this topic in this forum, and you see plenty of people using drops these days on new bikes, how about nice repository for properly set up bikes, vintage or otherwise, with drop bars. Let's include links to external resources like Shiggy's and Guitar Ted's, good photos of 'proper' setup, philosophy, anything that will help the newb when they decide to try drop bars offroad.

http://mtbtires.com/site2/features/37-bikes/85-why-i-ride-dropbars

http://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com/2008/10/drop-bar-for-mountain-biking-part-i.html
 

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IF52 said:
Nice start.

Maybe a little more bike in each picture. Especialliy the ham
I thought the focus was the Dirt Drop Setup....

Personaly I was admiring how each bike so far has a little different variable to the cable routing......
 

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Aemmer said:
I thought the focus was the Dirt Drop Setup....

Personaly I was admiring how each bike so far has a little different variable to the cable routing......
Yeah, pretty much, but it is kind of hard to get a really good idea of setup with just a snap of the bars. That picture of the Ritchey with the saddle visible is nice because it shows the bar to saddle relationship.

It seems like a lot of folks when they first try to set up a drop bar bike wind up with the bars too low and with too long a stem. My first attemptin the early 90s was like that. I could barely reach the hoods and felt like my nose was on the stem bolt because the drops were so low.
 

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Ah, damn. My search skilz suck. I was looking for those. I forgot I was the one started that one or I would have bumped it back up. Sorry.
 

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IF52 said:
Ah, damn. My search skilz suck. I was looking for those. I forgot I was the one started that one or I would have bumped it back up. Sorry.
Haha, ya I was gonna call you out on that. :p

This one has 'official' in the title....so MCS should put this in the main VRC sticky up top for reference.
 

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Between the RM-2s and RM-3s which do you prefer?
The RM-2s felt instantly comfortable and familiar even after riding some 20+ yrs with the RM-3s. At first I was worried about the increased width of the RM-2s on tight trails, but that doesn't seem to be an issue. My RM-2s had been cut down an inch to accommodate barcons which helps a bit.
 

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the ibis is so hot. it's my fave bike in this forum.
 

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colker1 said:
the ibis is so hot. it's my fave bike in this forum.
The guys at Ibis were sure doing some nice work in those days. This bike was from the time when it was still a three man operation - Scot, Wes Williams, and the painter Lawrence. Although Scot painted this one himself.
 

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I second the petition for this as a sticky, but IF--why not edit your first post into a compendium of the collective wisdom regarding fit and drop bar mtbs, some links to the previous threads, and other such business?
 
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