Kuwahara mtn to hybrid build project
I'm currently looking at hybridizing this bike:
The bike is a Kuwahara Sierra mountain bike that I purchased new around 1989. The frame is good, but has a bit of rust where the paint has been chipped or worn. It has full Deore drive train and brakes -- this is all in good condition and works fine. The bike as it sits now, is pretty fast on pavement and is a hoot to ride on smooth hard pack trails.
My objective is to build a bike that's going to be fairly fast, with good road capabilities but be able to do light hard packed trails -- with the emphasis on the road aspect. I don't intend to do any aggressive off road riding but I with it.
I won't be able to do this build all at once but will do it in stages and post updates here as I make the changes -- so this might go on for a while. It's been a while since I've been up to date on components and would really appreciate a bit of help selecting parts. As far as parts selection -- I'm not hesitant to spend a few bucks on parts if it gets me good quality.
First stage is tires... because I want to feel a big speed boost early in the build. I'd like a four-season tire for now and I'll change to a more knobby tire for the winter.
My rims are made by Ukai -- stamped on the rims is UKAI 25 x 1.50 HE
I have no idea where to even begin getting information about these rims and am hoping that someone here can advise. I'm assuming that I can use these rims with tires up to 90 lbs pressure?
Currently, I've got Continental CountryRIDE 700x37 tires on my Kona Dew FS and I've been pretty happy with these. I'd like to keep the tires on this project bike as narrow as possible -- the CountryRIDE comes only in 1.75 width for 26" tires. Can I go narrower with a different tire?
Here's a link to the CountryRIDE's:
Aside from the tires, at this point I'd like to know what the possibilities of changing to a suspension fork are. I really like the suspension on my Dew and would like to entertain putting a suspension fork on this bike. I'm pretty sure that I'd have enough top tube clearance as I won't be doing any serious trail riding with it. It's an old style stem -- not sure what it's called. Are forks for that style of head tube still available?
I've never done a build like this before and would appreciate any help that any of you might be able to give me here. Thanks.
Last edited by WCoastPeddler; 08-21-09 at 04:35 AM.