Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: MTB to Tourer

  1. #1
    Senior Member Elad63's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Camp Hill, PA
    My Bikes
    EZ-Sport AX Limited, 2000 Challenge Hurricane Midracer, 1996 Vision R40 SWB, 1991 Vision Metro R30 CLWB, 1985 Cannondale ST400, 1972 Raleigh Shopper Folder
    Posts
    729
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    MTB to Tourer

    Would a Cannondale Killer V500 make a decent commuter/ light touring bike? I have some trekking handlebars that I will put on, and some slicks. One of the things was wondering about is the front suspension, would it be benefical or go with no shock. I also would image that I would have to change the gearing somewhat.

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2040/...ab60a101f6.jpg

  2. #2
    Professional Fuss-Budget Bacciagalupe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    6,314
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Commuting I'm sure it'd be fine. Touring may be another story.

    To me, it depends on how long a tour you're doing. 1 week, maybe 2, almost anything with wide tires, low gearing and enough heel clearance is fine. And, of course, assuming it's mechanically sound.

    As to the front shock: for light touring (i.e. no front rack) it's personal preference. I don't think it's ideal but if you like it, no worries. You may want to check if you can lock the suspension.

    Also, swap out the tires for slicks.

  3. #3
    Senior Member DukeArcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Wellington, New Zealand
    My Bikes
    Thorn Nomad S+S, Trek 520 - 2007 (out on loan), and a crap Repco MTB
    Posts
    604
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Why don't you use that Rockhopper?

  4. #4
    Senior Member slowjoe66's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Central Point, Or.
    My Bikes
    Route-x bent, GT Hybrid
    Posts
    410
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    This type of thread comes up fairly frequently. I would say the front fork is not an issue except for weight. I tour on a hybrid which had a suspension shock, I bought a steel rigid touring fork from Nashbar ($40) and had my LBS put it on instead of the suspension fork. A rigid steel fork is a better option and it's lighter by about 4 pounds. The slicks are imperative. As far as heel strike, or a front rack, it's only an issue if you use panniers. I personally use a trailer for touring, and a rack and small panniers for commuting, all on the same bike. A trailer is a nice option, and people either love them or loathe them. In the final analysis, a quality trailer really doesn't cost much more than a quality set of panniers and a set of racks. The heel strike doesn't come into play unless you have long, full size panniers in the back.
    I don't have a solution but I admire the problem!

  5. #5
    Senior Member Elad63's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Camp Hill, PA
    My Bikes
    EZ-Sport AX Limited, 2000 Challenge Hurricane Midracer, 1996 Vision R40 SWB, 1991 Vision Metro R30 CLWB, 1985 Cannondale ST400, 1972 Raleigh Shopper Folder
    Posts
    729
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks for the comments. My Rockhopper has served me well for a couple years, but I was trying to build you another for my brother to use when we go riding.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •