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    Senior Member Norboo's Avatar
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    Build your Ultimate hybrid

    Build your Ultimate hybrid

    Let’s dream a little dream and do a little drooling while we’re at it. What would make the ultimate Hybrid for you?
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    Senior Member Norboo's Avatar
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    Mine:
    Crosstrail frame in steel, light shocks,
    Not sure on the gearing and shifters yet.
    Light disc brakes
    some nice wheels and 35mm tires
    Road: Trek 5200
    MTB: sold
    Hybrid: bought and sold few, still researching

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    STRONG wheels, and 35-40mm tires, capable of 125-140 PSI.

    V-Brakes are fine with me - llight and work very well.

    OEM, read color matched, fenders (at least as an option.)

    9 spd, minimum - with a 30-40-50 chainrings.

    Lots of adjustability for seat posts, seat, bars, etc.

    More integrated racks, and mount points. Both front, and rear.

    More "water bottle type" mount points for everything from pumps to more water bottles (is 3 really enough for a LONG ride?).

    More flat, straight, sections on bars for mounting stuff.

    Aluminum frames are fine with me, even though there are some real lightweight steel frames available.

    Handlebar lockout controls, on bikes with suspensions. For quick and easy changes. And, while there - easily maintainable and rebuildable front suspensions - you really should replace that oil, and put gaitors on the sliders to keep 'em cleaner.

    GOOD, performance, flat resistant tires, like Schwalbe Marathon Supremes as OEM.

    Integrated kickstand mounts (and, while you are at it - good seatstay and chainstay bridges for mounting fenders) with WIDE stays for any tires.

    Pedals with zerks, for regreasing . Should make em last forever.

    Better chains, with real "bushings" to cut down on wear. Chains today, are a real joke!

    Any bicycle suspension (front, rear, seat, etc) should be able to be totally locked out.




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    Hmm...Mine:

    -A light steel frame, Reynolds 531
    -Cro-Moly/Reynolds fork
    -V-brakes..they are light and have a high stopping power for my needs
    -Shimano LX crankset with 28/38/48 gears XT rear derailleur, LX front, LX shifters.
    -11-28 9spd cassette
    -SRAM Chain
    -Ultegra hubs laced to Sun CR-18 Or Alex DA28 rims with Wheelsmith double butted spokes (I will handbuild these myself)
    -Planet Bike Hardcore Road fenders
    -Michelin Krylion 700x25c tires
    -Flat bar, round grips, Bar ends, Mirror.
    -Clipless pedals...
    -Specialized Body Geometry Saddle of some sort, they are awesome!

    And, of course, I would do the build work myself, because its fun

    My sirrus is going to see some changes this next winter, at least change out cassette and switch to trigger shifters. Maybe go 9spd. It came with an 11-32 cassette, I am thinking of going 11-28 to gain some closer gear ratios in there. I rarely use less than the second biggest cog anyway.
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    IF I could ever afford it, would be this (ordered with a fairly high spec.); otherwise, I'll stick with my Sirrus
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    My ultimate hybrid is the one that is standing in my garage at the moment:

    Aluminium 7005 frame
    Suntour Cr9v suspension fork
    Suspension seapost & selle royal gel athletic saddle
    Blackjack 622 wheelset with Schwalbe CX comp tyres 700x35
    Shimano 105 crank 30-42-52
    Shimano SLX cassette 11-28 9-speed
    Shimano HG73 chain
    SRAM attack gripshifts
    Shimano R443 front derailleur
    Shimano XT M770 rapid rise rear derailleur
    Shimano XT M770 brake levers, brakes & cables
    FSA XC 180 flatbar
    Ritchey 30° stem 80mm
    Ritchey pro barends ergo
    Ritchey truegrip grips
    Profile Design jammer GT aerobar

    If I had an unlimited budget I would probably get an ultegra crank, but for it's price, this is the best hybrid I could think of

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
    My ultimate hybrid is the one that is standing in my garage at the moment:

    Aluminium 7005 frame
    Suntour Cr9v suspension fork
    Suspension seapost & selle royal gel athletic saddle
    Blackjack 622 wheelset with Schwalbe CX comp tyres 700x35
    Shimano 105 crank 30-42-52
    Shimano SLX cassette 11-28 9-speed
    Shimano HG73 chain
    SRAM attack gripshifts
    Shimano R443 front derailleur
    Shimano XT M770 rapid rise rear derailleur
    Shimano XT M770 brake levers, brakes & cables
    FSA XC 180 flatbar
    Ritchey 30° stem 80mm
    Ritchey pro barends ergo
    Ritchey truegrip grips
    Profile Design jammer GT aerobar

    If I had an unlimited budget I would probably get an ultegra crank, but for it's price, this is the best hybrid I could think of
    Average budget build at best, hardly elite.
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    Senior Member AdelaaR's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exocet 98 View Post
    Average budget build at best, hardly elite.
    If you call this average, your view of reality is distorted
    I did mention that I took the parameter "price" into the equation.
    Doing it full carbon and with an XTR & Dura Ace mix would ofcourse build a more "elite" bike, but it would also triple the price or more while only getting maybe a kilo or two off.
    Since weight is -contrary to popular belief- not a very important factor, I don't think anyone who isn't a pro doing high-level races actually needs top-of-the-line components beyond LX or 105.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
    If you call this average, your view of reality is distorted
    I did mention that I took the parameter "price" into the equation.
    Doing it full carbon and with an XTR & Dura Ace mix would ofcourse build a more "elite" bike, but it would also triple the price or more while only getting maybe a kilo or two off.
    Since weight is -contrary to popular belief- not a very important factor, I don't think anyone who isn't a pro doing high-level races actually needs top-of-the-line components beyond LX or 105.
    As i said these budget restricted components don't not fall into the "ultimate build category".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exocet 98 View Post
    As i said these budget restricted components don't not fall into the "ultimate build category".
    I think you missed the point of the OP - which was to "make the ultimate Hybrid FOR YOU!"

    Your views may be different, but it hardly qualifies you to decide what someone else considers their ultimate hybrid.

    MHO

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    Marin Stinson - misappropriated by my youngest grandson - '01
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