I finally got the time to prep my Fargo for the coming season and this involved installing a final production version of our new Woodchipper drop bar. Since we've gotten several questions about Woodchipper bar set up, I thought I'd take this opportunity to share my set up. Note, this is my personal set up and it may not work for all of you and your specific riding style or focus. This set up is ideal for me for all around adventuring that includes pavement, gravel and single track. If you have questions, I'll do my best to answer.
OK….First I install the bar in the stem and set the angle of the flat portion of the bar. I like mine at about 20 degrees. I've run mine everywhere from 20 degrees to just over 30 degrees. I like the 20-25 range best. For those interested, I am using the free "Angle" iPhone app.
I then set the brake levers up. For my use, I run them at in a position that works for both drops and hoods. Some folks that are running them with the flat drop as their primary position may wish to run brake levers even further downard making the brake lever even more accessible from the drop position. Again, this is my personal set up and what I have found to work for me. I like multiple hand positions. Please also note my cable routing. I run the shift cable on the outside of the lever. I do this because it moves the cable out from underneath my thumbs (when routed on the inside). This is the most comfortable for me. Also note the Cinelli gel pad under the long flat portion of the drop. I've also used gel tape cut to length in the past but at the recommendation of a trusted friend (Meiser), I wanted to give the Cinelli gel padding a try on this round.
Here is the finished view from the top. Note how I personally like to angle the lever inward in line with the flare of the flat drop portion of the bar. This is a personal preference. One of the great thing about the Woodchippers is that you have lots of different possibilities.
One of the features that makes the Woodchipper so unique in the "dirt drop" category of bars is how we designed the bar for a more vertical brake lever position. This makes the brake lever itself more vertical. This creates lots of space between the levers for bar bags, maps, your hands and gear.
So….With that final touch, my Fargo is ready for another season of abuse. Just in time as it's hitting 70 this week and trails are opening up for the season.
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.