Convert drop bars to flat ... hydraulic disc brakes

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  • Hi
    I am considering converting my drop bars to flat bar

    • bike fits fine
    • would like to do more/mainly off road... not just a bridleway kind of stuff and want more control and easy braking.
    • I cannot afford another bike plus already like/have dynamo set up on 700c wheels

    I have Shimano 105 set up with RS505 Hydraulic Disc, ST-RS505 shifters on BR-RS505 hydraulic brakes

    Online research suggests changing levers is possible - but also says not compatible ... where or how do I find this out - or any suggestions


  • Get a 1x10 second hand mtb groupset from ebay. It'll be cheaper and less faff than trying to make road bits work with mtb levers.

  • As far as i am aware you would only need to change the front derailleur, if you change to mtb shifters your rear derailleur should still work fine, but the front has a different pull ratio.

  • Everything 8spd and below is compatible with each other

  • Rs505. That's 11 speed 105. Different pull ratio to 10/11 speed mtb. Will not work.

  • Oops! should have clicked a hydro group would be 11spd

  • Maybe consider changing the bars to something more suitable for off-road, like some wide flared drops?

  • Thanks I did appreciate all of this - then I bought a MTB....

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Convert drop bars to flat ... hydraulic disc brakes

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