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Old 09-21-07, 09:24 PM   #1
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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?
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Bridgestone put drop bars on their '87 MB-1: http://sheldonbrown.com/bridgestone/1987/index.htm
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A shame the pic is chopped in two right where it counts, but definitely what I'm going to attempt. Cool!,,,,BD
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the original drop-bar fattie. Jaquie Phelan's Cunningham Indian.
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Luker, where do you buy that kind of stem?
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the original drop-bar fattie. Jaquie Phelan's Cunningham Indian.
That's a really slick looking bike.

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That's a Nitto Dirtdrop stem on the MB-1.
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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...
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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).
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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!
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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......
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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.
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Old 09-22-07, 02:44 PM   #13
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It also works with Moustache bars.



And whatever these are, but with a shim:

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not a mountain bike but a stock hybrid miyata alumi cross but sort of what you are looking for.
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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/

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As above, not a mountain bike but a flat-bar hybird set up with drops:



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

Big fun to ride!

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Old 09-24-07, 05:05 AM   #19
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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
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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?
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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.
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