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    Sorry this is sort of a re-post but I changed a few things and took more pics and I wanted to give a better list of components.

    The bike is a 1994 Specialized Rockhopper Comp. After wrecking a ton of parts on it I decided to build it as a touring bike for the purpose of camping trips.

    The frame, fork, front wheel and brake arms are the only original pieces at this point. I built it up with the stem from a Stumpjumper, SR Special steel drops, Tekro levers, a set of barend shifters that I mounted Shimano 600 7 speed DT shifters on (which oddly enough has the rang for 8 speed). The crank is FSA Vero with SunTour XCII pedals, 52/42/24 chainrings. Deore DX FD, Deore XT RD. I had to make the front rack out of another rack and some aluminium stock. Wheels are Deore LX Parallax and the fenders are from a walmart beach cruiser. Oh and a set of Richey Logic Kool Stops


















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    Done,shimano stem shifters,nitto rando bars,dia-compe gran compe levers.So far I really like it has a different seat than in the picture.Its a 87 miyata "path winder" 19'inch frame.87miyatapathwinder.jpg
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    Very cool! Nice contrast of the black on the chromed frame.
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    Finally cabled and built up that old fat chance Into a drop bar mountain bike. Total kitbash of parts- tricolor STIs, two different generations of XT derailleurs, some deore cranks with a modern SRAM cross ring and finally a use for the Scott drop ins I've had squirreled away.



    The big question is whether it can pull off this tape:





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    Have some fenders and continue town and countrys that will probably end up on this, but other than putting tape on and fighting with some fit nuance, I'm there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IthaDan View Post
    The big question is whether it can pull off this tape:





    link to an album of all kinds of grainy phone pics

    Have some fenders and continue town and countrys that will probably end up on this, but other than putting tape on and fighting with some fit nuance, I'm there.
    hahaha I have some of that same tape.. haven't been able to find a bike that it goes with yet though the neon pink with purple and turquoise is hella hard to color match.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IthaDan View Post
    ...tricolor STIs, two different generations of XT derailleurs...
    Whoa! First, let me say I'm a n00b at this stuff but I've been eagerly following this thread since last summer and keep wondering why I haven't put drop bars on my '93 rigid MTB.

    I mention I'm new at this because I hope this hasn't been asked a million times before. If it has, I haven't seen it.

    STI brifters work with Deore XT derailleurs?

    If so, that changes everything in my mind. Bar-end shifters don't really appeal to me. Having quick and easy shifters at hand as on a straight-bar MTB is pretty nice, and I didn't want to lose quick shifting to gain drop bars.

    But I could go for STIs! My RD is a Deore LX and I assume the front is too but don't know for sure sitting here at work with the bike at home. (Yeah, I drove the car today. I know, I know...)

    Can I just slap on a set of STIs and just adjust the cables without any major surgery? My understanding has been STIs require "road" derailleurs, not "mountain" Ds.

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squeeze View Post
    Whoa! First, let me say I'm a n00b at this stuff but I've been eagerly following this thread since last summer and keep wondering why I haven't put drop bars on my '93 rigid MTB.

    I mention I'm new at this because I hope this hasn't been asked a million times before. If it has, I haven't seen it.

    STI brifters work with Deore XT derailleurs?

    If so, that changes everything in my mind. Bar-end shifters don't really appeal to me. Having quick and easy shifters at hand as on a straight-bar MTB is pretty nice, and I didn't want to lose quick shifting to gain drop bars.

    But I could go for STIs! My RD is a Deore LX and I assume the front is too but don't know for sure sitting here at work with the bike at home. (Yeah, I drove the car today. I know, I know...)

    Can I just slap on a set of STIs and just adjust the cables without any major surgery? My understanding has been STIs require "road" derailleurs, not "mountain" Ds.

    Thanks.
    I was pleasantly surprised by that too- I knew that rear derailleur would work, but after years and years of people around here being all about road shifters and mountain front derailleurs. So far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IthaDan View Post
    The big question is whether it can pull off this tape:




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    Finally, the perfect stem to try out a dirt drop conversion or just run a modern bar... lots of rise and oversized... the options are endless. salsa woodchippers? my salsa flat bar. metropolis bars? okay okay maybe some of these won't fit through the bend but I am still stoked I can run modern OS WIDE handlebars and not have have a hideous adapter. I'll hang the bar in the window for the summer to even out the fade. And with the almost 25 hours of light we get a solstice... well it should work quite well.

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    @ frantik - what brand tape is that!? My 1992 Specialized Hard Rock Ultra is hot pink to purple fade & begs for tape like that. Will motivate me to out some drop bars on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
    Finally, the perfect stem to try out a dirt drop conversion or just run a modern bar... lots of rise and oversized... the options are endless. salsa woodchippers? my salsa flat bar. metropolis bars? okay okay maybe some of these won't fit through the bend but I am still stoked I can run modern OS WIDE handlebars and not have have a hideous adapter. I'll hang the bar in the window for the summer to even out the fade. And with the almost 25 hours of light we get a solstice... well it should work quite well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velocivixen View Post
    @ frantik - what brand tape is that!? My 1992 Specialized Hard Rock Ultra is hot pink to purple fade & begs for tape like that. Will motivate me to out some drop bars on it!
    It's Vetta brand.. you can get some here: Vetta Bar Tape (Funky) ? $15 | Toronto Vintage Bikes the seller is a member of this forum (I forget who exactly off the top of my head but a great guy). Just a warning though the bar tape is neon/fluorescent pink.. i haven't found anything it matches honestly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    I must admit Sixty Fiver has great taste in bikes.
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    +1 Yes he does!
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    What do you do when someone gives you a free GT Outpost frame? You make a project out of it. I just hope I don't get attached, ha!



    I still have the stock (steel) dirt drop style stem, but this bar/stem combo was laying on the bench so I slapped them on to take a look. They might be staying. Thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cs1 View Post
    I must admit Sixty Fiver has great taste in bikes.
    I am in good company here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gt eunuch View Post
    What do you do when someone gives you a free GT Outpost frame? You make a project out of it. I just hope I don't get attached, ha!



    I still have the stock (steel) dirt drop style stem, but this bar/stem combo was laying on the bench so I slapped them on to take a look. They might be staying. Thoughts?
    I like it. I've got one in the basement that has the rear U-brake.
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    @ frantik - Thanks. I've bookmarked the page for future reference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squeeze View Post
    Whoa! First, let me say I'm a n00b at this stuff but I've been eagerly following this thread since last summer and keep wondering why I haven't put drop bars on my '93 rigid MTB.

    I mention I'm new at this because I hope this hasn't been asked a million times before. If it has, I haven't seen it.

    STI brifters work with Deore XT derailleurs?

    If so, that changes everything in my mind. Bar-end shifters don't really appeal to me. Having quick and easy shifters at hand as on a straight-bar MTB is pretty nice, and I didn't want to lose quick shifting to gain drop bars.

    But I could go for STIs! My RD is a Deore LX and I assume the front is too but don't know for sure sitting here at work with the bike at home. (Yeah, I drove the car today. I know, I know...)

    Can I just slap on a set of STIs and just adjust the cables without any major surgery? My understanding has been STIs require "road" derailleurs, not "mountain" Ds.

    Thanks.
    Hey Squeeze,

    Running STI brifters with mountain derailleurs is possible but I'd suggest some inline cable adjusters and patience to dial it in. John Tomac won the 1990 World Championship using a Dura Ace brifter with a XT rear derailleur. When I redid my 1988 Cimarron LE, I used the 6 speed "Deerhead" XT derailleurs off my 1986 Cimarron with some Shimano Sora brifters and a new 8 speed freewheel. I opted to go with the Sora shifters because the ratchet and thumb trigger mechanism closely matches the Campy Ergo shifters. I figured if the set up worked well, I'd swap the shifters later and do a ShimErgo set up. The "Deerhead" components are built like tanks and with the adjustment screws and inline cable adjusters I was able to hit the full range of gears using a double crankset. It's possible but will require some trial and error in setting it up, it's all part of the build and part of the fun.

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    My just completed Bridgestone, I planned to go with Salsa Woodchippers, however they didn't fit with the Nitto Dirt drop, luckily my local shop had these nice moustache bars. I plan to swap out the tires for something more cross friendly and get some cages on the pedals. Rides very nice.







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    love the Bridgestone
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    Thanks, they really do ride well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vonruden View Post
    Thanks, they really do ride well.
    I was hanging out at the shop today getting in their way and a young lady brought in a gorgeous MB2.

    She scored it recently for a very low price.

    I really like what you did with yours.

    Are you a moustache bar fan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gomango View Post
    I was hanging out at the shop today getting in their way and a young lady brought in a gorgeous MB2.

    She scored it recently for a very low price.

    I really like what you did with yours.

    Are you a moustache bar fan?
    Yes, I really like Moustache bars, got them on my Zeus fixed gear beater. Some don't like them, however I find em to be very comfortable. Looks like I will have to build something else around the Woodchippers.
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