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Old 10-05-06, 10:13 PM   #1
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converting a mtb

Hey all, I'm new to the road bike forum and road cycling. I currently ride an '02 trek 4500 with some upgrades. I do almost 100% of my riding on pavement now and was wondering what type of things I can do to make my bike more pavement-friendly.

I was reading through the forum and also saw the flyte srs3 on ebay for 99.99, and the build wouldn't be too expensive, either. Is it more hassle to make my mtb a roadie or to build up a new bike?

Edit: though I should include some info..

xt derailures, lx shifters, candy pedals, everything else stock. The bike weighs roughly 45-50 lbs.

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you'll probably end up spending a lot more making yours into a road bike than if you were to get a used 80's road bike and fix it up... and then you could keep the off road functionality of your MTB intact.

however if you don't want two bikes, i think you'll be spending at least $200 on new wheelsets and droptubes or brakes or tires... and your bike will still be pretty heavy after all that money.

is the 02 4500 a 26" bike? there really aren't too many 26" wheelsets available anymore.

however if you're wanting a bike from this decade, you'll have to spend a few hundred anyway so it's up to you.

in general, you'll get a far more rigid, fast, and comfortable road bike using a road frame. what kind of budget would you have for the project?
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you'll probably end up spending a lot more making yours into a road bike than if you were to get a used 80's road bike and fix it up... and then you could keep the off road functionality of your MTB intact.

however if you don't want two bikes, i think you'll be spending at least $200 on new wheelsets and droptubes or brakes or tires... and your bike will still be pretty heavy after all that money.

is the 02 4500 a 26" bike? there really aren't too many 26" wheelsets available anymore.

however if you're wanting a bike from this decade, you'll have to spend a few hundred anyway so it's up to you.

in general, you'll get a far more rigid, fast, and comfortable road bike using a road frame. what kind of budget would you have for the project?
You could buy and retrofit an 80's roadie for cheap, depending on what you need to replace or want to replace. Try to find one that is already in good working condition. Replace parts at your discretion.
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The bike weighs roughly 45-50 lbs.
That is damn heavy.
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yeah, it's a beast, but it gets the job done and it's been doing it for five years strong. For a new (to me?) bike build I can definately spend $400, maybe $600. I'm just not in a very spending mood right now. Like most people, I like nice things, and so I'm trying to justify spending more money.
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you won't get much even at 600 for something new, but if you're willing to look at used bikes you can get a very viable and nice one for less than $200 in most areas. i just picked one up for 100 and it's in great shape.

basically, 600 is the entry price for most big name brands, you won't find much for less(other than walmart bikes that will rust in a year and are named after SUV's)

Cayne bikes make a really nice freewheel/fixed commuter bike for about 450...
http://cgi.ebay.com/CAYNE-UNO-ROAD-B...QQcmdZViewItem
saw it at a local shop, it's really beautiful and an absolute steal for that price.

it may not be what you're after though.

seriously, i'd expect to spend at least $300 making your 4500 at least half the road bike an 80's schwinn is.

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45-50 lbs! holy cow. Even for a MTB that's heavy...

+ 1 on the older roadie although that cayne looks sweet!

As for pavement friendly ... You can go basic with some slicks $40-$80 and swap out your tires when you need to... you could also consider a new wheelset, like a light cross country wheel. A suspension corrected rigid fork, but in the end you may find yourself limited by gearing options...

I'd start with a pair of slicks and see if you're happy with it ... if you want faster, then go for a road bike ... or consider changing your gearing on the MTB...

the MTB will be a little bit more bomb proof for jumping curbs or riding down steps, but you'll definitely notice a difference, in speed, comfort and efficiency, even if you buy an older schwinn.
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just thought I'd let everyone know what I'm up to.. I got the flyte srs3 and will be buying a component package from probikekit.com. I haven't decided on a fork yet, but Im thinking used and ebay. I'm over my original budget, but I think the end product will be worth it - I've been interested in riding with some friends during the week but have been hesitant because I didn't think I could keep up on my mtb. I'm also looking forward to the build, so I think it was a justified investment.
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45-50lbs must be an exaggeration. I ride an old Miele mountain bike 'round town and it only weighs about 35lbs with racks, fenders, bottle and a u-lock.
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45-50 lbs is an exaggeration for sure. my walmart huffy mtn bike is around 35. unless you got racks and such on top of a POS bike like walmart, the bike is not going to be any heavier than that. last i checked trek did not make walmart quality bikes.
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