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    A drop classic!
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    Is the KHS Solo One a mtb? I see track ends at the rear.
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    487454_428331830637740_8612949797003477603_n.jpgThis is my '87 Diamond Back Ascent EX set-up for touring. Brake/shifters are RetroShift, rando bars, rack braze ons were there for my Tubus racks. I have a set of cranks and new wheels waiting, I still need to pick up a new rear derailleur that will hit a 36T cassette. This thing fits great for distance riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WNG View Post
    Is the KHS Solo One a mtb? I see track ends at the rear.
    Yes, it is a SS MTB with track ends. Nice welded Reynolds 520 frame, great rider. I think they came to market in 2005, at the outset of the SS craze, before the 29er craze.

    I acquired it while still laboring under the misapprehension that I was most comfortable in the "superman pose" TT range (60 cm).

    Seven years and a dozen bikes later, I realize I'm much more better off with a 57cm tt. I have long legs and short torso.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belacqua View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I know that 2006 is probably not yet C&V but I don't know where else to turn for good advice. The top tube on my KHS Solo One is just too long. What would you do?

    Can you recommend a 31.8mm bar (not a drop bar, obviously) that has some "retreat" on it? If no such thing exists I'll just go back to a riser bar.

    PS I'm not aware of a stem setup that gives me significantly shorter reach than this 120mm 45º one. (E.g. 80mm stem no improvement).



    Hey belacqua,

    A buddy of mine had the same issue with his Swobo commuter, he remedied everything with a bar swap. He swears by the Nitto Jitensha touring bar! The Jitensha comes in a 31.8 silver finish, here's a link:

    https://www.benscycle.com/p-1321-nit...FdJcfgodfUMArg

    Nitto_Jitensha_B2522_touring_handlebar.jpg


    You might also check out what SOMA has to offer in 31.8, they have a few that might work for you, here's the link:

    Flat and Riser Bars


    Good luck!

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    Love those Triple triangle GTs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    A drop classic!
    Hey gm1230126,

    Your GT looks super solid and I imagine it tears up the trails, great job on the build!

    I know WNG recently got his '91 Tequesta back, his is the custom color Moody Blues. I also have a '91 Tequesta but mine is the other custom color, Purple Haze, I'm converting it over to 700C and it'll be my little angel's first road bike... she's always loved the purple paint.

    GTTequesta.jpgGT1991Tequsta.jpgGT91TequestaSide.jpgGT91TequestaPurpHaze.jpg

    The first photo is when it was my ol'school racer, next is the '91 catalog page for the custom colors, the last two are progress shots.


    I gotta ask you, how do you like the Command Shifters when you get in the dirt? Any pros or cons that you can share?

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Any opinions on these two bikes, wanting to do a drop conversion after seeing all these beauties on here.


    26" Scott Adventure Trail Mtn Bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    A drop classic!
    Aha, that's true. That bike came with drops - no conversion needed.
    I clicked on "view first unread" for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikesChevelle View Post
    Any opinions on these two bikes, wanting to do a drop conversion after seeing all these beauties on here.


    26" Scott Adventure Trail Mtn Bike

    Gary Fisher Tassajara
    Not familiar with the models, but they both look like worthy candidates to me for not much cash. I think the Scott has some pretty cool styling; to me the Fisher looks like it has better components but I'll let one of the experts chime in on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikesChevelle View Post
    Any opinions on these two bikes, wanting to do a drop conversion after seeing all these beauties on here.


    26" Scott Adventure Trail Mtn Bike

    Gary Fisher Tassajara

    I'd choose the Gary Fisher....a higher level offering than the Scott, plus it's newer...mid 90s. Double water bottle bosses, top tube cable routing, And probably 1 1/8" fork and stem. STX, and probably Alivio components on the GF. It's a Trek era Tassajara.
    Looks like a 18-19" frame. Make sure the size fits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikesChevelle View Post
    Any opinions on these two bikes, wanting to do a drop conversion after seeing all these beauties on here.


    26" Scott Adventure Trail Mtn Bike

    Gary Fisher Tassajara
    Or I am looking at these two options as well

    CANNONDALE M300 18in Mountain Bike

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    I like that Raliegh a lot, but it is way bigger than the others. What size do you need?

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    Im 5'11''
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    Or there is this one........ so many choices bridge stone mountain bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikesChevelle View Post
    Hey MikesChevelle,

    Whether you're more legs or more torso at close to 6 foot you need a bigger than most of those you've posted. If you're going to get into one of these bikes, go for the absolute highest end frame possible within your budget, that'll pay big down the line. Check out this Stumpjumper in your backyard for $65.00, the ad has only been for 2 days so there is a good chance it's still available.

    Specialized Stumpjumper
    Specialized Stumpjumper - $65 (hillcrest)

    ☎ 208-724-1645

    Good running bike, paint not to bad, right shifter works but needs work. has speedometer. good tires, but has the small filler stems, so you need a special pump and I have one that works you can have. This bike is probably worth more so give me a higher offer if you really want it. Also it has a real high quality seat worth 40 bucks probably. Only selling cause I can't ride to good anymore. Thanks for looking
    ps i put walgreens address in but am close by.


    65_Buck_Stumpie.jpg

    Now before everyone flips out about the suspension fork, we all know rigid fork are dirt cheap and can be found on Ebay, Craigslist, or other members on this forum. I know I have a double butted Miyata rigid fork with a threaded steer tube in the spare bin that'll fit that frame if you're in need and can't find one locally. The shipping from SoCal to SLC wouldn't be that much and you'll still come in under 100 bucks but you'd have a much higher end bike to begin your dirt drop conversion. Besides, the way I see it, the good tires and newer seat make up for the fork swap.

    MikesChevelle, look into the Stumpjumper, it's the best bike that I could find in SLC for the dough. If the fork swap is an issue, don't let it be, it's a piece of cake! My buddy Derek from the Barracuda mountain bike forum is a chef in SLC, he's pulled a couple of rigid forks off some Barracudas, I'm sure he'd be willing to help out a fellow rider. Maybe a quality 6 pack or offer him the suspension fork in trade for his help, Derek is good people. Let me know if I can help or if you'd like Derek's help... I'm always game to see another good dirt drop conversion added to this thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikesChevelle View Post
    Im 5'11''
    Cannondale is too small.

    IF you can get the Raleigh at a realistic price, its a good one. Rusty chain, neglected = $100 or less.

    Gary Fisher is probably the best.

    Personally, I would avoid anything with a suspension fork.

    If I am anywhere near Boise, I am in my car picking up this bike NOW! Its not a racing bike, but its a sweet touring bike with G1 Cyclone GT RD, etc.

    http://boise.craigslist.org/bik/4519251922.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    Cannondale is too small.

    IF you can get the Raleigh at a realistic price, its a good one. Rusty chain, neglected = $100 or less.

    Gary Fisher is probably the best.

    Personally, I would avoid anything with a suspension fork.
    C'mon Bill, you know that Stumpjumper is the best frame of all he's listed... and... you are the king of part swapping, so you know that fork swap is not an issue! Many times have you posted about going for the best quality frame possible as it's the heart of the build. Don't make me dig through your postings to find a quote suggesting that a would be builder get the best frame possible within his or her budget!

    Love 'ya Bill, thanks for starting this thread ! ! !

    Your humble chip off the ol' thrifty block,

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    The Raleigh is a nice one, but could be a bit too big at 24". I just picked up a 85? Raleigh Tamarack with similar geometry. And it's the consensus that they make poor drop bar conversions.

    The Stumpjumper looks to be the right size. Very good price too. 18" frames are too small for you for a drop bar project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WNG View Post
    The Stumpjumper looks to be the right size. Very good price too.
    Thank you! MikesChevelle, listen to WNG... he speaks the golden truth!

    Hey WNG,

    So glad to see you reunited with your bikes! You most definitely deserve some positive flow and I hope the goodness keeps coming your way!

    Best wishes my brother!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post

    If I am anywhere near Boise, I am in my car picking up this bike NOW! Its not a racing bike, but its a sweet touring bike with G1 Cyclone GT RD, etc.

    Nishiki Ultratour 15
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    What about the Rock Hopper and Hardrock series?

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    I looked at both of those, they are both too small for someone your size. The bottom line being both are lesser grade frames with lower end components... not a Stumpjumper, not the top tier that Specialized offered. Sure there are high end and low end Stumpjumpers but the name alone represents the best steel tubing and at least mid-level components. The Stumpy looks to have a black LX cranks with a long cage XT derailleur, it probably has XT/LX mix of components.

    Now, I'm going to leave it alone...
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