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.
We hear your protests, “You can’t have a short business haircut with a fade on the sides and at the same time have a long waterfall of flowing locks in back and have people take you seriously.” To which we say, ‘You are correct. That’s exactly what we were going for.’
So when you want to do something that’s both a little bit country and simultaneously a little bit rock and roll, we recommend combining a pair of AXS drop bar levers with an Eagle AXS rear derailleur, Eagle chain, 10-50t Eagle cassette, and your choice of either an Eagle or road AXS 1x crankset to build the raddest drop bar bike on the block.
That’s right. Business up front and party in back. Ride it with pride.