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Old 10-05-13, 10:33 PM   #1
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Converted my MTB to Hybrid..

Hello folks since its gonna be winter soon I decided to convert my hard tail MTB to a Hybrid so I can ride even though its snowing outside..Replaced my tires to Bontrager H2 1.5, just upgraded my wheel set to WTB XC laser wheel set, replaced my cassette to a newer shimano , new Easton 50 handle bars and new stem too..anyway rode 20 miles today and man I am loving the new tires i have..here it is..







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Way to go, looks clean like that!
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here's my trek 3700 budget build.
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Yea road riding is better without the Knobbies.
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I like it!
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is that a suspension corrected fork? it looks lower in front than the original configuration.


you may be able to unscrew the 'posts' for the V-brakes, some do, some don't.... if you can, this will clean up the bikes lines a bit.
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Yes it is a corrected fork, perhaps the 700c wheels make it look different due to the small clearance at the fork crown? I had it a little over 30 mph on a short step downhill, it seems to handle fine. I used the rims, spokes and nipples from an older hybrid and laced them to the disc hubs. I used the elliptical crankset from the same 1992 hybrid and while I was at it made it an 8 speed since I switched the hub from a 7 speed.
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here's my trek 3700 budget build.
I love it.
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here's my trek 3700 budget build.
Nice looking bike. I have a 3700 that's in the stripped down stage at the moment. I'm interested as to what fork you used? I'm going to do something similar with mine, but I'll probably keep the 26's on and fit it with either cross, on road/off road, or city tyres ... Not sure yet.
Its going to be a winter project, such as winter is in Florida. I'm also thinking of keeping the suspension fork, and just locking it out with some pvc pipe.
Whatever it ends up as, it's going to be a budget build, like yours. I am thinking of switching the cassette out to something that ill give me a slightly higher gearing for when its on tarmac, and its never going to be a dirt shredder, just occasional hard packed dirt trails.
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Hello folks since its gonna be winter soon I decided to convert my hard tail MTB to a Hybrid so I can ride even though its snowing outside..Replaced my tires to Bontrager H2 1.5, just upgraded my wheel set to WTB XC laser wheel set, replaced my cassette to a newer shimano , new Easton 50 handle bars and new stem too..anyway rode 20 miles today and man I am loving the new tires i have..here it is..
Nice job, it looks good dressed up as a hybrid.
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It started off as a 26 several years ago, but i moved most of the components to my jamis komodo recently. the frame is 22.5 and the rear 700c x 35 tire just clears, maybe a smaller frame would not work. i added an 8 speed hub, cassette and grip shifters. it was several years back when i purchased the fork, not sure where i got it now, but i measured the original sun tour and repalced it with a corrected fork. here's 26 configuration.
edit note; i got the rear disc adapter from trek, they do have one for the 3700, around $15.

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Old 10-13-13, 02:52 PM   #14
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Hello folks since its gonna be winter soon I decided to convert my hard tail MTB to a Hybrid so I can ride even though its snowing outside..Replaced my tires to Bontrager H2 1.5, just upgraded my wheel set to WTB XC laser wheel set, replaced my cassette to a newer shimano , new Easton 50 handle bars and new stem too..anyway rode 20 miles today and man I am loving the new tires i have..here it is..

They’re the new Bontager H2 tread pattern. I use the 26” x 2.0’s H2’s with the previous tread pattern and I love them (my 26” x 2.0 favorite street tires), but the new H2 tread pattern looks like a winner as well.

I ordered a new set of Bontrager H2 700 x 42’s for my 29er (claimed weight 663 grams per tire compared to my existing 29” x 2.1 Continentals at 915 grams per tire), but the LBS indicated there was an unknown hold up on the new Bontrager H2’s in the 700 x 42 & 700 x 38 size, so I canceled my order after a new expected arrival date of 2 months later was given. That’s just too long to wait for bicycle tires.

I was hoping to sneak in one more 200-mile ride to and from Jim Thorpe, PA., but I wanted to do so specifically via the lighter H2 700 x 42 tires, but it appears such wasn’t meant to happen this year.
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