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frantik 03-17-14 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Aemmer (Post 16586977)
Been looking for a high quality dirt drop riser stem 1 1/8 threadless for my Willits. Project is a bit new for me and all my riser stems seem to be 1" quill. Anyone have a lead, please send them my way. Of course A Willits riser stem is desired, but at this point I am open to suggestions.

the riser stem on my Diamondback Axis picture above is 40 degree rise 130mm extension, available here:

System EX High Rise Upright Handlebar Stem 1 1/8 Ahead | eBay

Light and good quality, looks "ok" too

Aemmer 03-17-14 06:41 PM

You know me better than that. Needs to be era correct, although in this case quite modern for me at 2000. the newest bike I have ever taken time to restore. Figure if I am ever going to try a 29er, an old Willits is the way to go.

Your DB looks nice so far, and I like the way that stem made the drops accessible in the dirt.

pizzamania 03-17-14 10:01 PM

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Originally Posted by WNG (Post 16584410)
Very nice, @pizzamania and it's race-proven.


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Originally Posted by Squeeze (Post 16585175)
Welcome. Great bike and story.

What are you using for shifters? Do I see a MTB thumb shifter peeking up from the top of the bar?

Just curious because I'm still planning my drop bar conversion and am looking at shifter possibilities.


Thanks guys! I'm lovin it so far.
As far as the shifters go, they are indeed thumb shifters. They are sunrace friction units. For my purposes they work pretty well! Shifting sometimes requires a bit of planning since you have to choose between the brakes or the shifters for your hand position, but it is fairly easy to get accustomed to. It isn't a perfect system, but for the price they are tough to beat, and it definitely hasn't slowed me down or inconvenienced me in a material way.

peazweag 03-21-14 02:53 AM

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here is mine not done yet as I just got it today.1987 Miyata Path winder.More pics when its done.http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370057

ricklp 03-21-14 08:06 PM

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And I too have most of my parts gathered. I realized tonight that I need some in line cable adjusters for the gears. I know technically I only need one for the front but I prefer the symmetry that two will give me. Here is the $20.00 GT with $35.00 wheels. The studded winter tires cost exactly double what the bike did.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370193

ricklp 03-22-14 04:04 PM

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And here is an after picture:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370399

I used some Modolo wide drop bars. The crankset, shifters and derailleurs are from an RSX groupset I got off Ebay. The tires are Continental Studded tires. I used Problem Solver travel agents to adapt the V brakes that were on the GT. I ended up driving around all morning to find some Jagwire inline cable adjusters to make the shifter cables work. I wrapped the bars with Specialized Bar Phat bar wrap.

My first impression is that I need to be a bit less stretched out. But it works nice in the ugly snow we got today.

ricklp 03-22-14 07:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Number400 (Post 16458576)
Posted this before but now it's finally out of the basement and has some miles and on it. Rides, tracks, shifts great and is quite comfortable. It was a mint $25 craigslist bike that was mostly destroyed in an accident last year. I love that bike and was determined to rebuild and ride it again.

Budget build but makes me happy to ride.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=362333


Is that fork, the same as what seems common on eBay when you search 26" mountain fork? What do you think of it?

Thanks in advance

Number400 03-23-14 11:45 AM

Yup, cheap aluminum ebay fork. It's very, very light but seems to be holding up so far. Overall fit and finish is good. The graphics suck and are cleared over but otherwise a good buy.

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Originally Posted by ricklp (Post 16602187)
Is that fork, the same as what seems common on eBay when you search 26" mountain fork? What do you think of it?

Thanks in advance


Medic Zero 03-24-14 06:18 PM

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Originally Posted by simpleton. (Post 15716658)

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Originally Posted by simpleton. (Post 15716946)
...This is a GT Outpost, like the bottom of the barrel for a GT....


Nice to see someone else repurposing and old Outpost! Super nice execution! :thumb:
A bit off-topic for this thread (sorry, I don't do drop-bars), but here's a couple of shots of my '93 GT Outpost:

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/69...90/21/6mu0.jpg

I ride this bike at least three days a week to work and back, and the pic below is on return from a short (four day) trip with my girlfriend (on her converted GT ;) ), staying overnight at hotels and bed & breakfasts. A little messy, overloaded with loot from shopping and with my sweater tucked untidily under the longflap of my big saddlebag. I wish I had taken some proper glamour shots of the bike at some point over the past two years, but I guess it's too late for it in this iteration as I killed the fenders* and I've got 2.15" Schwalbe Big Bens (in grey) and SKS Longboard fenders on the way in the mail for it. In the meantime, I'm probably getting wet tomorrow morning!

* Under tension + missing a rubber spacer + horrible roads = crack and fail :(

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/69...0/593/i0xw.jpg

Although not a drop-bar bike, and looking rather citified, this bike has seen its share of gravel and dirt trails, although the last one I took showed me I need to trim the front fender a little higher. Nowhere near as clean or nice as your build, but it's served me extremely well over the past two years and about 6,000 miles. I'm in the middle of building up a 1993 GT Corrado almost identically to my Outpost to take over its duties, I'm hoping the lighter tubeset is going to be a little easier on all the hills here, but I have to wonder if it is going to be as stiff and stable when loaded down.

Aemmer 03-24-14 06:25 PM

For some reason I don't see the owner of that bike as much of a weight weanie.:p

simpleton. 03-25-14 06:41 AM

Thanks for the kind words! My Outpost has gone through countless revisions and I think this is the best looking version but the drops didn't last long. I rode it like that for a couple of weeks but I was too stretched out and didn't like the hand positions. This is how she's set up now. I'm rocking a nitto dirt drop stem with some cheap Nashbar Moustache bars. This picture doesn't do it justice. it looks much better in person.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7052/...f4305780_z.jpg

Chitown_Mike 03-25-14 09:41 AM

These older GT frames really makes me wish I snagged the Palomar I was eye balling a few months ago for real cheap. Oh well, I'll have to find something this season to tinker with.

ricklp 03-25-14 09:55 AM

I agree, I think these GT's do look pretty good. I got a stem with less reach for it and it feels much better. Mine had/has a bad rattle can black paint job just sort of sprayed all over. I took acetone to the brakes to make them silver again. That went well so I started wiping it down where the decals should be and I have uncovered most of them. I am liking the look. I picked up some tom slick tires and am going to look at some better wheels this afternoon. I think this bike might be a good way to ride with slower friends and still get a workout.

I'll try for a couple more pics tonight or tomorrow,if I get the wheelset/s.

jdpt 03-25-14 05:07 PM

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Just finishing up this GT Timberline. Going to change the handlebars to short reach, but otherwise the fit it good and it's fun to ride.

bobotech 03-27-14 02:06 AM

So I'm kind of bored with my Rockhopper drop bar conversion. It is fairly heavy and I'm looking to lighten it up a bit. I would love to find a nice alloy frame designed for rigid forks but that is rather hard to do. I do have a ratty Klein that I posted about but the frame needs a lot of work. One thing i know I can do is to put a lighter fork on my Rockhopper.

Are they any budget minded (ebay? Nashbar?) 26" rigid forks that are either alloy or carbon with canti posts?

frantik 03-27-14 03:15 AM

^ what wheels and tires do you have? tires are the quickest way to drop weight.

bobotech 03-27-14 11:19 AM

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Originally Posted by frantik (Post 16615680)
^ what wheels and tires do you have? tires are the quickest way to drop weight.

On my main wheels, I have a set of 26x1.5 panaracer tires and the rims are Mavic X221. I know they aren't the lightest but they are strong as hell. I hand built the wheels myself wanting super strong to withstand my 350 pound butt. The hubs are just nice Deore hubs, normal Shimano fare.

I'm just bored and want to change the frame and fork. The rockhopper frame isn't anything special and it weighs quite a bit and is ugly (black with scrapes and surface rust all over it).

realestvin7 03-27-14 11:26 AM

What size frame do you prefer?

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Originally Posted by bobotech (Post 16616770)
On my main wheels, I have a set of 26x1.5 panaracer tires and the rims are Mavic X221. I know they aren't the lightest but they are strong as hell. I hand built the wheels myself wanting super strong to withstand my 350 pound butt. The hubs are just nice Deore hubs, normal Shimano fare.

I'm just bored and want to change the frame and fork. The rockhopper frame isn't anything special and it weighs quite a bit and is ugly (black with scrapes and surface rust all over it).


bobotech 03-27-14 11:45 AM

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Originally Posted by realestvin7 (Post 16616787)
What size frame do you prefer?

It depends but generally I can ride 19 to 21 easily with drop bars. I like longer top tube because I have short legs but long arms/torso.

realestvin7 03-27-14 11:50 AM

56cm top tube too short?

bobotech 03-27-14 12:53 PM

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Originally Posted by realestvin7 (Post 16616865)
56cm top tube too short?

That would work.

realestvin7 03-27-14 12:57 PM

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Originally Posted by bobotech (Post 16617098)
That would work.

I have a 1988 Cannondale SM1000 frameset I'm about to list. Far from perfect but rad and light. It was Cannondale's top offering that year.

ricklp 03-29-14 07:23 AM

PM Sent. Lighter could be nicer.

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Originally Posted by realestvin7 (Post 16617109)
I have a 1988 Cannondale SM1000 frameset I'm about to list. Far from perfect but rad and light. It was Cannondale's top offering that year.


wrk101 03-29-14 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by bobotech (Post 16615629)
So I'm kind of bored with my Rockhopper drop bar conversion. It is fairly heavy and I'm looking to lighten it up a bit. I would love to find a nice alloy frame designed for rigid forks but that is rather hard to do. I do have a ratty Klein that I posted about but the frame needs a lot of work. One thing i know I can do is to put a lighter fork on my Rockhopper.

Are they any budget minded (ebay? Nashbar?) 26" rigid forks that are either alloy or carbon with canti posts?

FWIW, I cut almost 6 pounds off my Cimarron by changing wheels, tires, pedals and saddle. The only thing I bought were the pedals, the rest came out of the bin. Saved 1 1/2 pounds just with the tires! With some appropriate changes, you should be able to get the weight of a vintage steel rigid frame mtb under what a similar era touring bike weighs.

If you have a suspension fork, I would attack that as well.

Personally, if I was getting that deep (changing the fork), I would just keep an eye out for a replacement mtb instead.

Don't overlook other parts as well. Many vintage mtbs came with steel stems. Easy enough to find an alloy dirt drop style stem at a low cost.

bobotech 03-29-14 11:53 AM

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Originally Posted by wrk101 (Post 16622698)
FWIW, I cut almost 6 pounds off my Cimarron by changing wheels, tires, pedals and saddle. The only thing I bought were the pedals, the rest came out of the bin. Saved 1 1/2 pounds just with the tires! With some appropriate changes, you should be able to get the weight of a vintage steel rigid frame mtb under what a similar era touring bike weighs.

If you have a suspension fork, I would attack that as well.

Personally, if I was getting that deep (changing the fork), I would just keep an eye out for a replacement mtb instead.

Don't overlook other parts as well. Many vintage mtbs came with steel stems. Easy enough to find an alloy dirt drop style stem at a low cost.

No suspension on this bike. It weighs about 32 pounds right now. Stem is adjustable but is alloy (need to change it). Tires are pretty light, 26x1.5 panaracers, pedals are heavy but the best I can do, they are Odyssey BMX pedals, I like big wide pedals. Saddle is a WTB mountain bike saddle.

No suspension on this old early nineties Rockhopper.


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