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    Question On-One midge, WTB dirt drop?

    Midge/dirt drop riders: Do you find riding on the brake hoods comfy or at least bearable for the odd climb?
    I might get a set soon and I would like to know if I'll really be giving up a hand position (even if I do ride in the drops most of the time).

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    I did not find the hood position comfortable at all on the Midge bars.

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    I climb using the hoods often, no problems for me.

    *Edit - I use Midges
    Last edited by FTM; 11-02-2007 at 02:16 PM.

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    I like the midges better for riding on the hoods, the WTB's are a little to flared at that point for it to be comfortable.

    Overall I'm more impressed with the Midges.

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    i have the cheapo version (origin8 gary) and i can only use the hoods on pavement. more of a cruising at speed sort of position

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    I used the WTB dirt drops for years and found it to be a great off-road bar. It was on my all-around bike (a 'crosser), and found the hoods very comfortable. My hands were basically on the sides of the hoods, which gives a nice broad surface. I rode all sorts of crazy mountain bike trails, commuted every day, 80 mile road rides, etc., and was happy with those bars.

    I eventually took them off after like 5 years because they just aren't good in the drops on the pavement. I'm not sure if the new WTB bars are any different.

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    I ride the hoods on my midge bars a lot. Cane Creek SCR-5's have a good sized tacky surface and the bars offer a wide spread, which I like for the climbs. I find them extremely comfortable.

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    What brakes are you pulling with the cane creek levers? Are they a long pull lever a la the 287v for mtn bike brakes?

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    I bought my midge thinking I was going to be in the drops most of the time, but I find the hoods extremely comfortable. When I ride my road bike (which has a conventional drop bar) after riding my CX bike ( with midge) for a while, the hoods feel weird. Like they are angled inward. I did the Iron Cross in PA a few weeks ago and it includes some technical singletrack. I went through all of it using the hoods.

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    I find the hoods comfortable enough for cross races or short rides. When I first built my cross bike and didn't have a proper road bike I took it on a long ride and found the hoods annoying.

    All that said, I I rarely use the hoods when climbing with the Midge. If you set it up as intended (higher than a more conventional bar) short climbs are great in the drops.
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    pictures

    anyone have pictures of their midge setup?

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    Well, these two probably won't help with set up, but here are two that I like! For set up help Dirt Rag had an article on setting up alternative bars a couple of issues ago that's a decent starting point, but for cross I run them a bit lower.

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    pictures here: http://images.google.com/images?q=mi...=1&sa=N&tab=wi

    nice review here:
    http://www.63xc.com/mattc/midge.htm

    And for the person wondering, I run the Cane Creek levers with their partner brakes, the SCX-5's.

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    midge set-up on my mountain bike (use Deda Newtons on my crosser)


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    Don't believe in boring bikes do ya.

    Very interesting beast and beautifully executed.

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