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    Working on a number of folders.. :]

    It's rainy season here so I started to work on some of bikes around me.


    After some experiment, with road handlebar and wheelset, I re-fitted MTB handlebar and wheelset to my montague folder. This time I selected some lightweight components to make it light... It is now 8.7kg, or 19.2 lbs.



    Happened to get a fantastic deal on this used birdy. It will be built with ultegra drivetrain and silver components.



    My girlfriend's moulton TSR will get a whole new drivetrain and some more dress-ups.


    As all the bikes are now disassembled for upgrading I'm commuting with my trusty presto lite

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    Building a better Strida
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    the pearl paint on the birdy is GORGEOUS!

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    Raxel,
    Can you provide more details on what you did to the montague folder in the road bike trim. From another thread I remember you changed the brakes for the 700c wheels, added a spacer on the rear wheel (?/why-where)..... can you elaborate, in some detail, please?

    I was very surprised that this folder could be rebuilt as a "road" bike at that weight. I realize that wheel set you had were very nice, very light, and very expensive! I am looking for one of these hummer branded montague for this purpose. I already have too many folders, but...

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    Oh, that birdy IS beautiful.

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    porschetoyz:

    You can fit a road wheelset to MTB frame, but you have to solve two problems: Brake and rear wheel spacing. As you fit larger wheelset, brake pad position should be raised. You can make homemade adaptor or use BMX V brakes with large pad adjustablity(Which I used). And road wheelsets' rear hub spacing is 130mm, whereas MTB spacing is 135mm. To fill this 5mm, I have made two 2.2mm aluminium plate.

    However, I concluded that there are little gain of using road wheelsets with MTB frame. Unless you use a very expensive carbon fiber wheelsets, weight difference is almost nil. Only advantage is that you can use very narrow tires(down to 19c).

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    Congratulations Raxel. They are both absolutely stunning bikes. Nice mods on the Montague too!

    I won't hold it against you for not liking Bromptons. However mine rocks

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    Raxel, Thank you for the info.

    I would have thought that the *average* road wheelset was lighter than the *average* MTB wheelset. Further, even with both set of wheels (road/thinner and MTB/wider) wearing slick tires I still would have guessed that the total 700c wheelset package would be lighter?!

    Do you have a picture that you can post of the BMX V brake setup on your bike. Maybe also make, if it is significant. Maybe also a picture of where the spacers go (on the skewer?). I thought the hummer conversion was VERY slick. I should have posted in that that thread... but, I was new here...
    thanks again.

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