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Old 02-23-16, 05:49 AM   #1
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Which changes do I need to make

Hi all could do with some advice.....

I have recently purchased an olympia country hybrid bike

COUNTRY - Hybrid - Models 2016 | Cicli Olympia

Mines the 21s

I got it for an absolute steal so couldn't resist even though I was looking for more of a gravel bike. My main riding is just for leisure anyway and I don't think I'll be entering any gravel/cyclocross races in the near future but I do like the more aggressive setup of a cyclocross/gravel bike l. I know I can ride any bike wherever I want to anyway but would like to see if there's any options to alter this bike or would I be better off selling and changing altogether?

This bike has lockout forks and although that's cool for on road and you get the option of a bit of a softer ride off I measured them against a pair of rigid forks and they're a whole 3 inches longer which obviously raises the front of the bike to a more leisurely ride position.

Basically what I'm asking is could I adapt this bike to be a bit more aggressive in riding position (I know I'm not going to make it a road bike but somewhere closer to a gravel bike would be great)

The bike frame I has is a small so not ideal but could probably get away with it with a longer stem. any other options available to me and how easy is it to change from suspension to rigid (bike has vbrakes and trigger shifters).

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Old 02-23-16, 07:24 AM   #2
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Specs say that it has a riser bar... change it to a flat one. A longer stem would also do the trick. Since longer bike stems has a bit more of an angle, flipping it will surely give you a drop of another inches in your handlebar.
Regarding the fork.. dont change it if you're not really into some century ride of some sort.. save the money on a expensive parts upgrade for a better and dedicated gravel bikes.
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I would pick up a eBay carbon CX fork with cantilever mounts and pick up a normal stem as those adjustable stems are normally anchors and probably weigh about three times as much as a normal stem. You'd probably drop a good three pounds off that bike with those two swaps. That fork is nothing more then a fancy pogo stick. It would drop the front end down probably a good two to three inches and make it handle a lot snappier. I'm guessing it'd run you $150 for the fork and a stem on eBay.
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