I have a Trek 790 hybrid that is collecting dust. Would this make a good crossbike. It's starting to feel like winter here in Ohio and I do not want to destroy my 2003 Cannondale r2000 which I love. The trek has the straight bar with the grip twist shifters. Not sure if that is what you call them. So what do I need:
New brake levers ( the brakes are center pull caliper style)
How much is it to have the shifting like my cannondale
What wheelset would you all recommend? I am not gonna compete I justg want something strong for trails when we go camping.
You could of course just ride it in the winter as is, maybe with beefier tires and fenders. But if you want a real cross bike you'd need a set of drop bars and STI shiftersIf your wheels are currently 8spd, you can upgrade to 9 or 10. If they're 7 speed you'd need new wheels to make it 9 speed and therefore compatible with newer 9 speed STI shifters. You can go to 10 speed, but that would be expensive. Cost depends on what group you go with. Shimano 105 is the best bang-for-your-buck. Ultegra is lighter. 10 speed dura-ace would be the best, but all-new wheels, cantilever brakes, drop bars, cables, shifters, cranks, cassette, rings, and deraillers would be over $2000.
It sounds like more than I anticipated. I may just get a get a good set of beefy wheels that will be bullet proof and ride it as it is. That way I could buy a crossbike later and already have a spare wheel set. What wheels do you recommend? I am not afraid to spend some money since these wheels can be used after the old trek get's given away.
Litespeed Arenberg, Litespeed Atlas, Fuji Track, Trek Fuel 90, Felt S32 TT bike, Bianchi Axis '05, and a lot of older bikes...
Use whatever you have relative to cogset. Change the bars but find compatible bar-end shifters. A lot of guys seem to like that set-up. It's not as nice as STI, but it's probably more durable. If you pork your STI lever in the mud, it's not going to like it. But a bar end lever is cheap and also in a location that probably won't get hurt in a crash.