~ Going the Distance ~
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Hermosa Beach, CA
Bikes: 2006 Bianchi Carbon 928, 2002 Gary Fisher Utopia
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My hybrid with 700c 23mm slicks makes for great tourer.
But replacing the forks is not simple (you have to find suspension correvcted forks to maintain geometry or else your front end will drop significantly) AND the forks out there that fit the bill for 29er hybrid frame are reall stiff and heavy (Karate Monkey for example) Weight savings negligible. And since I can lockout the travel on my fork I just kept it the way it is. Bottom line though, the bike weighs about 30+ lbs (even with upgraded titanium pieces here and there).
Changing handlebars, changing fork, tires, wheels, etc etc...you end up spending $$$ and result is franken-bike with all wrong geometery. A crappy road bike AND a crappy mountain bike, all in one bike (like a futon)
It's just cheaper to buy a road bike (even if its used, cheapo or whatever,...for the cost of a decent replacent fork you can find some nice roadbikes on craigslist)