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    Converting Trek 7500 FX 9sp ('05) to drop bar. Any problems likely with this plan?

    Use Campy Veloce 10 Ergo shifters with JTEK Shiftmate Type II on rear (converts Campy 10 to Shimano 9 cass./derailleur). Campy Ergo left shifter with existing triple crank and front der. (Campy Ergo left ratchets and doesn't index). Two Problem Solver Travel Agents on front and rear V-brakes to solve cable pull issue. Low end drop bar and stem. Cables/housing/bar wrap. I have everything but the Shiftmate and Travel Agents. Total cost will be about $140.00

    I want a low end 'cross bike for recreational cyclocross plus commuting.
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    Sounds like you've got it all figured out. Hopefully you can find a short enough stem to give you a comfortable position on the hoods/in the drops. Have you considered cantis or mini-V's in lieu of Travel Agents on the v-brakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
    Sounds like you've got it all figured out.
    +1

    But how are you managing to do this all for $140??? Personally I don't like the travel agent "band-aids", but they do work, so if you're fine with that I say go for it.
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    This is asked most other weeks, the simple answer always is, yes it can be done, but it will expensive, and will normally give a compromised ride, as trying to make any non-road bike into a road (cx) bike won't work.

    You are bringing in a lot of compromises to that bike, and have a very low budget for it, have you looked into 2nd hand Tricross or similar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billallbritten View Post
    I have everything but the Shiftmate and Travel Agents.
    For those questioning the budget, you must have missed this. He has the parts to do the conversion laying around. No reason why not to try it in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
    Sounds like you've got it all figured out. Hopefully you can find a short enough stem to give you a comfortable position on the hoods/in the drops. Have you considered cantis or mini-V's in lieu of Travel Agents on the v-brakes?
    Actually am looking at cantilevers
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    Senior Member billallbritten's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
    This is asked most other weeks, the simple answer always is, yes it can be done, but it will expensive, and will normally give a compromised ride, as trying to make any non-road bike into a road (cx) bike won't work.

    You are bringing in a lot of compromises to that bike, and have a very low budget for it, have you looked into 2nd hand Tricross or similar?
    If I could find one :-( Rural area. Still debating what to do. Base Tricross looks good, not a bad price.
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