Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 40
  1. #1
    Senior Member Bikedued's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    9,035
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Drop bar MTB conversions. Any one got pics?

    I'm pretty hot on doing one of these, and I have the bike, bars, and the aero levers. I was thinking about using the DT shifter mounts from the wrecked touring bike I got last week, and brazing them on. I was thinking about using drop bars, 26 x 1.5 slicks, etc. It would almost look like a late 90's road bike, except for the rims and tires. The bike has a slightly slanted top tube. I guess it would be more of a hybrid/cross than a true road bike, but it's something I've been wanting to do for a while.

    Anybody have a pic or two of their conversions?
    "Whale. Oil. Beef. Hooked!" The Rumjacks

  2. #2
    Since 1938... JunkYardBike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Northwestern NJ
    Posts
    6,209
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Bridgestone put drop bars on their '87 MB-1: http://sheldonbrown.com/bridgestone/1987/index.htm

  3. #3
    Senior Member Bikedued's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    9,035
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A shame the pic is chopped in two right where it counts, but definitely what I'm going to attempt. Cool!,,,,BD
    "Whale. Oil. Beef. Hooked!" The Rumjacks

  4. #4
    juneeaa memba!
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    boogled up in...Idaho!
    My Bikes
    Crap. The box is not big enough...
    Posts
    5,611
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    the original drop-bar fattie. Jaquie Phelan's Cunningham Indian.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  5. #5
    Senior Member DVC45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    My Bikes
    Schwinn Paramount '91, Downtube Nova and I want more! :)
    Posts
    3,643
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Luker, where do you buy that kind of stem?

  6. #6
    cs1
    cs1 is offline
    Senior Member cs1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Clev Oh
    My Bikes
    Specialized, Schwinn
    Posts
    6,187
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by luker View Post
    the original drop-bar fattie. Jaquie Phelan's Cunningham Indian.
    That's a really slick looking bike.

    Tim
    1999 Waterford RSE-11, 1995 Waterford 1200, 1989 Specialized Rockhopper Comp
    1989 Raleigh Technium, 1989 Schwinn Traveler, 1986 Specialized Rockhopper
    1984 Specialized Stumpjumper, 1986 Specialized Stumpjumper and just way too many projects to list.

  7. #7
    Senior Member Grand Bois's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Pinole, CA, USA
    Posts
    15,200
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's a Nitto Dirtdrop stem on the MB-1.

  8. #8
    juneeaa memba!
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    boogled up in...Idaho!
    My Bikes
    Crap. The box is not big enough...
    Posts
    5,611
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by DVC45 View Post
    Luker, where do you buy that kind of stem?
    ah...I think, you'd have to contact Charlie, or find an extra somewhere (woohoo. good luck there). Cunningham built as much of the bike as he could, and the stem was one of those things he made.

    BTW, if anyone knows where one of these is leaning up against a fence or something, you should try to secure it. It is the Confente of mountain bikes...

  9. #9
    Dolce far niente bigbossman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Northern CA
    Posts
    10,809
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
    A shame the pic is chopped in two right where it counts, but definitely what I'm going to attempt. Cool!,,,,BD

    Yeah, but it shows regular drop levers and cantilevers, and barcons. Both are pretty standard parts to find, and canti's have long been a staple on touring bikes with drops. So, shifting and braking appear to be solved.

    What other issues would there be fo rbuilding such a bike...... the stem size? If so, use an mtb stem and shim the bars in the clamp with shim stock (or beer cans).
    "Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

    S. J. Perelman

  10. #10
    Senior Member Grand Bois's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Pinole, CA, USA
    Posts
    15,200
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    Yeah, but it shows regular drop levers and cantilevers, and barcons. Both are pretty standard parts to find, and canti's have long been a staple on touring bikes with drops. So, shifting and braking appear to be solved.

    What other issues would there be fo rbuilding such a bike...... the stem size? If so, use an mtb stem and shim the bars in the clamp with shim stock (or beer cans).
    Did you read my post big guy? That's the Nitto stem they named after me!

  11. #11
    Senior Member greybeard87's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Clayton, NC
    My Bikes
    Bridgestone Mile 112 (fixie); Early 70's Bottechia; 74 Schwinn Continental; Mercier Draco AL; Corratec Freeride MTB; Custom GT Azkar SS
    Posts
    286
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    No pictures at present, but I have an Old Trek 850 Antelope with a Cyclocross set-up. Salsa Moto Bars, Canti Brakes Bar end shifter running 1X7 and some hard to find Hutchison 26x1.3 knobbies. Perfect Rails to Trails bike....
    I did run it in the local Cyclo cross events for one season and wasn't the slowest guy out there. It was my goal to not get lapped. The leader laughed his ass off when we had a sprint to the finish, of course I had one lap yet to go......
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Peace and Bike Grease

  12. #12
    Dolce far niente bigbossman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Northern CA
    Posts
    10,809
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdrop View Post
    Did you read my post big guy? That's the Nitto stem they named after me!
    Yes, this time I did.

    I was more or less addressing the OP's comment about the pic being chopped "where it counted". I was thinking more out loud than anything, about using stuff at hand.

    The Nitto stem is the Final Solution, as you pointed out.
    "Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

    S. J. Perelman

  13. #13
    Senior Member Grand Bois's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Pinole, CA, USA
    Posts
    15,200
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It also works with Moustache bars.



    And whatever these are, but with a shim:


  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    329
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    not a mountain bike but a stock hybrid miyata alumi cross but sort of what you are looking for.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  15. #15
    Keeper of the SLDB BobHufford's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Springfield, MO
    My Bikes
    '75 Schwinn Paramount P-10, '86 Ritchey Commando, '87 Schwinn Cimarron, '91 Trek 990, '87 Schwinn High Sierra, '73 Schwinn Super Sport, '4? Schwinn New World, '76 Swing Bike.
    Posts
    1,629
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There's a couple in here, but I think the stem's cost more that most of my bikes ...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyclofi...7601848386315/

    Bob

  16. #16
    Death fork? Naaaah!! top506's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    The other Maine, north of RT 2
    My Bikes
    '71 Gitane Super Corsa, '73 Atala Giro d'Italia, '73 Schwinn Super Sport, '76 Viscount Aerospace Pro, '81 Miyata 710, '81 Lotus Classique, '84 Ross Signature 290s, '84 Shogun 500, '85 Miele Gara, '87 Miyata 512, '89 Centurion Ironman, many more
    Posts
    3,054
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    As above, not a mountain bike but a flat-bar hybird set up with drops:



    Top
    You know it's going to be a good day when the stem and seatpost come right out.

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    1,233
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just finished my third MTB to roadbar-conversion today. First one is a nice old Kuwahara turned itnto a touring bike. Found out that a 19 inch frame is a tad to small for such a converson, the bars do not get up high enough. Second bike is a 20 inch Miyata turned into a studded singlespeed. Works great. Last one is a huge 22 inch old bonded Merida aluminum with the first 7-speed xt generation (decent bio-pace, actually works).
    For the geared bikes I simply grind the old thumbshifters inside and force them on the end of the roadbars.Both have under chainstay U-brakes and it is a bit tricky to set them up but they work OK.
    Seems to me that this sort of conversion works best with a large frame.
    I enjoy passing 20 year younger guys on carbon MTB wonders costing 40 times my fleamarket bikes on the fireroads.

  18. #18
    ǝıd ǝʌol ʎllɐǝɹ I JeanCoutu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    518
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Mine:



    It's not a brakeless fixXxie w/no clips, Shimano 333 Coaster Brake.

    Big fun to ride!
    Last edited by JeanCoutu; 09-23-07 at 04:42 PM.

  19. #19
    Senior Member Bikedued's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    9,035
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I was wanting to do this to my Specialized Hard Rock, but I just might do the conversion on this Wheeler
    I found yesteday,,,,BD




    This was the original intended victim. I may still choose this one, knowing me.

    "Whale. Oil. Beef. Hooked!" The Rumjacks

  20. #20
    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    My Bikes
    Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
    Posts
    29,617
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Not a great picture, but you get the idea: '90 (?) Rock Hopper with an old set of SR Road Champion bars and RSX 8-speed brifters. It's my craptastic kid trailer hauler and grocery getter. I'm also thinking of using it to try out the local CX scene.

    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    7,728
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    I've got M-bars on my Trek 730. With a short steep stem, they feel great. I've wrapped them since taking the pic below.

    Neal


  22. #22
    Senior Member kenseth03's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Glen Allen Va.
    Posts
    378
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I was thinking about doing this with my mid 90's Gary Fisher. I can only imagine the looks I would get from the roadies.

  23. #23
    Senior Member Bikedued's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    9,035
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    To me it only makes sense. Unless you drive out somewhere to ride, the roads are beyond horrible. Pavement gaps alone can cause a pinch flat around where I live. To ride here, you have to make sure your tongue is inside your teeth at all times, haha. I like road geometry, but if I run anything less than 25's I will be walking home. It's only a matter of how far from home I get. Therefore while riding my 700 bikes I mainly stay on side streets. The 27 inchers are a little more forgiving, but not by a whole lot.,,,,BD
    "Whale. Oil. Beef. Hooked!" The Rumjacks

  24. #24
    On-One/Titus USA
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    PDX
    My Bikes
    Lots +1
    Posts
    146
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
    I'm pretty hot on doing one of these, and I have the bike, bars, and the aero levers. I was thinking about using the DT shifter mounts from the wrecked touring bike I got last week, and brazing them on. I was thinking about using drop bars, 26 x 1.5 slicks, etc. It would almost look like a late 90's road bike, except for the rims and tires. The bike has a slightly slanted top tube. I guess it would be more of a hybrid/cross than a true road bike, but it's something I've been wanting to do for a while.

    Anybody have a pic or two of their conversions?
    Been running drop bars since 1986. Details in my signature link
    titusti.com
    mtbtires.com
    Why I Ride Dropbars
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    The trouble with common sense is it is no longer common

  25. #25
    Since 1938... JunkYardBike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Northwestern NJ
    Posts
    6,209
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
    To me it only makes sense. Unless you drive out somewhere to ride, the roads are beyond horrible. Pavement gaps alone can cause a pinch flat around where I live. To ride here, you have to make sure your tongue is inside your teeth at all times, haha. I like road geometry, but if I run anything less than 25's I will be walking home. It's only a matter of how far from home I get. Therefore while riding my 700 bikes I mainly stay on side streets. The 27 inchers are a little more forgiving, but not by a whole lot.,,,,BD
    One of the advantages of vintage steel is that many of the frames have clearance for wide tires at the forks and stays (at least, MUCH wider than modern frames). Why not try running 28s or even a little fatter on wider rims, like a Sun CR-18. You'll feel much more stable on rough terrain with these.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •