I was out hitting the trails yesterday on my (newly built) Crosscheck and I noticed that I never used the top levers. When I had my hands on the tops of the bars I felt like I wasn't getting enough leverage to control the bike. I'm thinking about ditching them. Thoughts?
I never used them on my first real cyclocross bike, so have not put them on any bike since. If it is so steep or technical that I could use them, I find that I have better control riding in the drops, fingers on the brake the levers. Better turning, weight balance and brake power than being on the tops.