Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    My Bikes
    2010 Specialize CrossTrail, 2011 GT Series 2, 2010 Diamondback Insight 2, 2013 GT Karakoram 3
    Posts
    59
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Any Carbon hybrid frames geared more to off road?

    Here's what I'm asking. I have a Specialized Crosstrail that I really like. I like the flexibility of this bike. Specialized advertises it as a "truly single track capable hybrid". Now, I've never done serious single track with it. But I've done some limited mountain bike stuff, and it's come through with flying colors. I do ride mostly rails/trails with it. But in my area, these can be anything from paved, to sandy to washed out, bumpy rugged trails. So, with limited true off road/trail trips, I want to stick with this type of hybrid. I don't want or need a dedicated mountain bike. I have a dedicated road bike to when I want to go fast. But the one thing that I don't like about the Crosstrail is the weight. It's very heavy. So I was thinking, there are carbon fiber frames for just about every type of riding you want to do. But I haven't seen anything like the Crosstrail in carbon fiber. So, anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

  2. #2
    Trek DS 8.4 Rider! zerogravity's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Anaheim, CA
    My Bikes
    1991 Gt Avalanche, 2012 DS 8.4
    Posts
    478
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hey have Chinese Carbon 29er frames for about $400.


    put your components on that and goto town.
    ''Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.''-- Thomas Alva Edison

  3. #3
    cs1
    cs1 is offline
    Senior Member cs1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Clev Oh
    My Bikes
    Specialized, Schwinn
    Posts
    6,251
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by zerogravity View Post
    Hey have Chinese Carbon 29er frames for about $400.


    put your components on that and goto town.
    There is a huge thread on that over at mtbreview.com Lots of helpful build ideas. Good luck
    1999 Waterford RSE-11, 1995 Waterford 1200, 1989 Specialized Rockhopper Comp
    1989 Raleigh Technium, 1989 Schwinn Traveler, 1986 Specialized Rockhopper
    1984 Specialized Stumpjumper, 1986 Specialized Stumpjumper and just way too many projects to list.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    My Bikes
    2010 Specialize CrossTrail, 2011 GT Series 2, 2010 Diamondback Insight 2, 2013 GT Karakoram 3
    Posts
    59
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So, I've never done a frame up build. First question. With this being a 29'er frame, would this work with my 700c wheels? They are slightly smaller than the 29" wheels. So would things like the brakes from my bike work? Would the mounting points for the brakes align with a 700c wheel?

    Also, what specialty tools are required for this type of build?

    thanks

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    NW Louisiana
    My Bikes
    Trek DS 8.3
    Posts
    38
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    This thread says 700c and 29" rims are the same diameter, so 700c wheels/tires on a 29er frame should fit, with plenty of clearance...

  6. #6
    cs1
    cs1 is offline
    Senior Member cs1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Clev Oh
    My Bikes
    Specialized, Schwinn
    Posts
    6,251
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Parr View Post
    This thread says 700c and 29" rims are the same diameter, so 700c wheels/tires on a 29er frame should fit, with plenty of clearance...
    The rims are the same diameter. But 29er wheels use a 135mm spaced rear hub. The road wheels use a 130mm hub usually.
    1999 Waterford RSE-11, 1995 Waterford 1200, 1989 Specialized Rockhopper Comp
    1989 Raleigh Technium, 1989 Schwinn Traveler, 1986 Specialized Rockhopper
    1984 Specialized Stumpjumper, 1986 Specialized Stumpjumper and just way too many projects to list.

  7. #7
    ^ JBC. jbchybridrider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    adelaide, australia
    Posts
    1,943
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by quattroG View Post
    Here's what I'm asking. I have a Specialized Crosstrail that I really like. I like the flexibility of this bike. Specialized advertises it as a "truly single track capable hybrid". Now, I've never done serious single track with it. But I've done some limited mountain bike stuff, and it's come through with flying colors. I do ride mostly rails/trails with it. But in my area, these can be anything from paved, to sandy to washed out, bumpy rugged trails. So, with limited true off road/trail trips, I want to stick with this type of hybrid. I don't want or need a dedicated mountain bike. I have a dedicated road bike to when I want to go fast. But the one thing that I don't like about the Crosstrail is the weight. It's very heavy. So I was thinking, there are carbon fiber frames for just about every type of riding you want to do. But I haven't seen anything like the Crosstrail in carbon fiber. So, anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.
    Just to show a similar direction previous posters are suggesting you go, my 26er carbon MTB frame with 29er wheels set up as a hybrid the weight is around the 7.5kg mark ready to ride and has all the strength needed for offroad and speed for onroad.

    2010 Custom Carbon JBC, 1990 Ricardo Pinnacle, 1988 Ricardo Elite, 1983 Ricardo Varsity, 1990 Peugeot Hurricane, 1977 Dawes Galaxy GT, 2007 Pinarello F3-13, Custom aussie made 1980 Columbus SL racer, 1975 Calton Rapide, 1995 Olympia Fusari, 1993 Basso Viper.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •