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    Cyclocross dilemma

    Hello,

    I currently have a 1991 Cannondale hybrid (H600 I think). Sturdy bike, been great for years with little maintenance. I'm looking for something new, thinking disc brakes, and like the sturdy features of the cyclocross I'm seeing. I just cannot get over the drops.

    Can anyone recomend a straight bar cyclosrosss, hybrid or mountain bike to look at? I do not want front or back suspension, want quality components (Apex or 105 style above). Is putting a straight fork on a Cannondale CX1 my best option? Locking out the front fork is not what I want to do either. I will go offroad with it occasionally too.

    CD SL1 and Trek 7.7 seem too roadbike like to me - am I wrong?

    I keep thinking about how great a Tricross with straightbar would be, but probably not a big market for that style bike.

    Thanks!

    Wardman

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    if you find a used Lemond Wayzata in your size, you have struck gold. it is a Porad w/ straight bars. https://www.google.com/search?q=lemo...w=1280&bih=685

    Or get a used Poprad and some Salsa Woodchippers and learn to love the drops: http://salsacycles.com/components/woodchipper/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wardman View Post
    I keep thinking about how great a Tricross with straightbar would be, but probably not a big market for that style bike.
    It would not take too much extra money to convert a cross bike to flat bars. Both Shimano and SRAM have straight-bar shifter/lever options that would work with road mechs. I guess you'd be looking at bars, stem, shifters, levers, and grips.

    The frame sizing differs, though. You probably want a larger frame and longer stem for flat bars than you would for drop bars. If you are reasonably handy with numbers and tape measure you could get a good match.

    Then sell the take-offs on craigslist or back to your bike shop.

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    So this is not a race cross question?

    Lots of 700c wheel flat bar Hybrids out there,
    AKA 'fitness bikes' in some markets.

    What brands are in your Local Bike Shop?
    how much is your buying budget?

    Get frame and fork, then buy the component kit?
    Last edited by fietsbob; 08-01-12 at 09:40 AM.

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    Swapping parts is probably my first choice - unless someone points me to another option

    Fietsbob - builiding is definitely and option. Just trying to find off the shelf first.

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    There really are a LOT of hybrids that should work perfectly for what you want. Every manufacturer makes them. I'd check there first.
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