Going to convert my condor fratello to flat bar for dad bike duties for a few years.
Have shifters and brakes that will work with the Ultegra derailleurs. Likely increase stem length slightly too.
What else do I need to take into consideration for the switch?
Which flat shifters work with Ultegra?
Not much really, once you have brakes and shifters that will work. I done the opposite and no real problems. The obvious question would be why would you bother switching? A personal opinion but if its on the road, I am never sure what benefit you would get.
Really just for the upright position. Will have not so small one on mac ride on crossbar, so on the hoods is leaning on her a bit. Will be keeping the shifter for converting back in a few years.
Flat bar for casual family cycles and shop runs etc. have other bikes for normal road cycling
These apparently https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/mobile/ie/en/shimano-rs700-flat-bar-rapidfire-shifter/rp-prod211461?gs=1&sku=sku867423&utm_source=google&utm_term=&utm_campaign=&utm_medium=base&gclid=Cj0KCQjwwtWgBhDhARIsAEMcxeCxAJQa-1hw5ORqkeVGll7VouNMdGjKE6c7jjeXmkLNw_Y3MkuFVxUaAh0hEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Should be a simple enough job, take out the cables, take off the handlebar, put on the new one, slide on the shifters and brakes, slide the cables back in, job done. You should be able to reuse all the housing and cables if they are in good nick.
I didn't know there was 11 speed flat bar stuff available. I went with Tiagra a few years back for flat bar stuff. Not sure there was anything higher level around at the time. Or maybe it was just pricier. But for my everyday, around town bike it was fine.
Heavily reduced at moment (shifters). If wasn’t I probably would have left them
Huge difference when compared to standard Ultegra shifters alright.
have done this several times for customers, who wanted to move away ffrom drops.
get a pair of compatible shifters and flatbar brake levers, maybe renew your cables/housings, as flatbar cable housings are usually a little longer and it's a good excuse to give the whole lot a bit of a refresh.
consider a stem that is adjustable, so you can play around with stem angles to find what's more comfortable for you.
decide if you want straight bars, or something with a slight rise, or maybe some swept back porteur bars for ultimate comfort around town. pay attention to bar diameters when purchasing online.
a pair of good ergonomic flatbar grips and you're good to go.
Have a few stems to play around with length. Went for cheap bars with slight rise on them, have room to play with on the height as new fork not cut down fully yet.
Will just use bar tape until happy with the set up then will look at ergo grips or bar ends.
Good point on the cables
I have these on my flat bar commuter and love them. The bar ends give you another hand position which is similar to being on the hoods.
Also consider the width of the bars. Flat/riser bars are usually quite a bit wider than drops, which can be annoying in traffic
Bars are about 720mm wide. Once do the switch will get a feel for them and then chop them down. Don’t want super wide