I just acquired (for free ) a Rockhopper Comp FS frame with fork, derailers, brakes, and handlebars. I believe this is a 1998 model (see attached pics). I want to convert it for road and light touring use. I can do normal bike maintenance, but not the more advanced stuff. Here is my tentative plan, and some questions.
1. Get regular MTB wheels, and a cassette with more road appropriate gearing.
2. Get 1.5 slicks, run at fairly high pressure ~90psi. Is this OK with regular MTB rims?
3. Replace suspension fork with a suspension corrected rigid fork.
4. Srounge up a chain, brake pads, seatpost, pedals, etc. Most of these I already have.
5. Keep the shifters, but re-cable.
One problem I noticed is that the front chainring wobbles. It doesn't seem bent, maybe misalined somehow. I'll have a LBS check out the whole thing before I start.
Do you think I should do all of these upgrades myself, or should I have a LBS do some of them? If so, which ones?
I ride a 56cm road bike, but this MTB frame is 17" Is it too small for me? If it is, would putting on drop bars make sense?
What would this co$t? I don't need anything fancy or very light, just dependable. LX parts should be fine?