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Old 08-18-08, 07:23 AM   #1
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MTB to hybrid conversion

Sorry for my ignorance on these matters but hopefully someone will be able to help me out.
Essentially I had my bike stolen and now left bike-less and little money for replacement. However I remembered my teenage mountain bike I had back at my parents (Shogun trail breaker –relatively light frame considering). Unfortunately it’s not in great condition in terms of wheels and gears, so I am hoping to do it up and turn it into a hybrid for commuting (16mile round trip). I was also hoping partly for ease and partly to try it out while I save for a new bike to convert it into a fixie however I will have to make do with single speed as the frame have vertical dropouts. Anyway to my questions.

Needs new wheels- have 26”-2 wheels. When I go to web sites to look at wheels they never seem to give any size information its either mtb or racer. I assume I need to go for mtb to give me a 26” wheel but is it possible to get narrow 26” wheels or are the widths pretty standard and it’s the tyre I should be looking at to give me a better road use.

Buy the time I spend money on wheels, brake leavers and single speed conversion kit, few tools should I just be bike-less for a little longer and put this money towards something better.

Any advice in any of this would be much appreciated.

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Old 08-18-08, 08:46 AM   #2
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You can get hybrid wheels, 26" that are narrow and smooth, not as narrow as a road tire, but not as wide as a MTB tire.
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Are the wheels shot or do they just need a little work to bring them back into shape? If you do need both wheels and not just new tires you might be better off watching your local craigslist and thrift shops for a ridable road/commuter bike from a dollar cost viewpoint.

For tires I recently put a set of Serfas Barista 26"x1.25" tires onto a MTB to commuter conversion and so far I like the tires.

Not sure how much help this all is.
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To be honest the front wheel would be fine with a little bit of work but the back wheel hub is shot and would know where to start replacing/repairing it.
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To be honest the front wheel would be fine with a little bit of work but the back wheel hub is shot and would know where to start replacing/repairing it.
Just start with slick tires. LBS's are selling a gazillion narrow, slick, 26" tires this year and a lot of shops will be having "end_of_ season" sales this month. Get your 26" slicks and go from there. In most cases, that's all you need to become a "road warrior". I can't belive how many of these "conversions" I've done this year.
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