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Old 03-18-19, 01:54 PM
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MTB conversion help

My son has recently expressed an interest in bike packing, he is 15 and currently planning a fall trip to the Chequamegon for us in the fall. We are both experienced backpackers and have spent quite some time in the backcountry, so gear and skills are not really an issue. I have been a causal bike rider and still own a mid to late 1990's Trek 920 single track. I'm guessing on the date. Before this trip came up I have been experiencing hand discomfort while riding around town and often wondered about different bars. I then stumbled across this site and found a lot of good conversion ideas and thought of doing the same. I figures I'd start out with ordering a new stem and bars. I believe I have picked out the stem based on a conversion I saw here; a Sunlite Alloy 2 bolt quill stem, 180 x 22.2 x 80mm. I guess my first question is any suggestions on bars and what will fit on this stem? Im 6'2 210. There are so many different sizes I was trying to find one that will fit the stem and my body type. Help me build my conversion.

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Old 03-18-19, 02:00 PM
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Not familiar with that stem. Any bar you get though will depend on the clamping area size. Handle bar choice is a very much up to the individuals need.
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Google "Jones Bar"

I have never tried them, but lots of Bikepackers love them.
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Originally Posted by Cwojo View Post
My son has recently expressed an interest in bike packing, he is 15 and currently planning a fall trip to the Chequamegon for us in the fall. We are both experienced backpackers and have spent quite some time in the backcountry, so gear and skills are not really an issue. I have been a causal bike rider and still own a mid to late 1990's Trek 920 single track. I'm guessing on the date. Before this trip came up I have been experiencing hand discomfort while riding around town and often wondered about different bars. I then stumbled across this site and found a lot of good conversion ideas and thought of doing the same. I figures I'd start out with ordering a new stem and bars. I believe I have picked out the stem based on a conversion I saw here; a Sunlite Alloy 2 bolt quill stem, 180 x 22.2 x 80mm. I guess my first question is any suggestions on bars and what will fit on this stem? Im 6'2 210. There are so many different sizes I was trying to find one that will fit the stem and my body type. Help me build my conversion.

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Looks like the 920 MTB was only available in 94 and 98. The 94 looks like a 1" headset and would likely accept that stem. The 1998 appears that have a 1-1/8" headset and would not accept that stem (without shims).

If you just need bars a little closer, and a little higher, and think you might like a little back sweep, you could keep current stem and try something like Surly Open Bars.
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Old 03-18-19, 04:48 PM
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I think the quill stems on a Trek mountain bike tend to be over-sized (1-1/8"). That's what my lugged 1992 Trek 930 has.
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If thatís the stem I am thinking of, I think it comes in both sizes. I know because I ordered one by mistake and it was too big.
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Originally Posted by Cwojo View Post
My son has recently expressed an interest in bike packing, he is 15 and currently planning a fall trip to the Chequamegon for us in the fall. We are both experienced backpackers and have spent quite some time in the backcountry, so gear and skills are not really an issue. I have been a causal bike rider and still own a mid to late 1990's Trek 920 single track. I'm guessing on the date. Before this trip came up I have been experiencing hand discomfort while riding around town and often wondered about different bars. I then stumbled across this site and found a lot of good conversion ideas and thought of doing the same. I figures I'd start out with ordering a new stem and bars. I believe I have picked out the stem based on a conversion I saw here; a Sunlite Alloy 2 bolt quill stem, 180 x 22.2 x 80mm. I guess my first question is any suggestions on bars and what will fit on this stem? Im 6'2 210. There are so many different sizes I was trying to find one that will fit the stem and my body type. Help me build my conversion.

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Spend 11 bucks at Harbor Freight for a digital caliper and get the exact measurement on the stem. And clamp size, for that matter.

Drop bars, albatross bars M bars or those goofy butterfly bars will give you more hand positions than a flat bar, which will make long distances easier on your hands as you can change positions every minute or two. I like drop bars best, myself, and have four regular positions on them.
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A couple of threads you may enjoy, if you haven't seen them already:

Show Your Vintage MTB Drop Bar Conversions

Vintage MTB To Upright Bar / Urban Bike Conversions
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Ergon grips might help. Also look at the Rivendell site for different bar styles (probably not to purchase since they're more expensive than your bike might be worth). Having different hand positions might help. but changing the angle that your hands make (like an albatross bar provides) may solve the problem.
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Looks like itís a 1994 seems to be the only year they made them in purple. Iíll have to pull it down this week and confirm along with taking some measurements to be sure on the stem. I think Iíll go with that Sunlite stem and a nitto classic 42cm silver road bar.
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