Wine and cheese. Massages and pan flute music. Monster trucks and old RV’s… some things that might seem like mismatches at first, turn out to be perfect pairings. Like putting a mountain bike drivetrain on a drop bar bike.
There’s something almost magical about taking a drop bar bike on a crazy adventure. Like connecting a rolling highway to a gravel back road by riding through some old jeep tracks. Or, riding 20 miles (32km) to a dirt road that goes up a mountain where you take a couple of singletrack shortcuts to get to the top before bombing back down the other side and then pedaling 40 miles (65km) home on tarmac… Yeah, that’s the kind of riding we’re talking about. And even if you take the fun of riding an incongruous bike out the equation on a mission like this, the fact remains: a drop bar bike with a mountain bike drivetrain is still the best tool for the job.