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Finding a Good Candidate MTB For a Drop Bar Conversion?

Old 09-09-19, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Unca_Sam View Post
Just keep the center chainring and lose the other two, derailleur, and shifter? Or add a new crank? If it's a value build, it's not likely to be the latter.
I am using the original crankset on my Rockhopper 1 x 7. I flipped the BB spindle and use the outer ring position.
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Old 09-09-19, 11:50 PM
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You might be able to trim a bit of weight by going with a 1 x drivetrain. 6 or 7 gears is plenty for most commuters unless itís really hilly, and simplicity is good for maintenance and for keeping the rider focused on traffic.
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Old 09-10-19, 10:35 PM
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I just sold a Miyata Trail Runner that I built up from a frame and fork at the Bike Exchange. If you are looking for a superbe candidate for a city bike this fits the bill. It has a Lugged double butted Cro Mo frame and fork, with Forged dropouts complete with adjusters. I fitted it out with 1.75 x 26" street tires , trigger shifters for the 3 x 7 drive train and 2" riser bars. All up the bike, which is a extra large frame, weighs 30 lbs.
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Ryan's Rebuilds: N+1? 1986 Miyata Trail Runner Lugged Steel Mountain Bike
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Why not an old touring bike? I see decent inexpensive 80's and 90's tourers for sale fairly often. They're light, have good brakes, relaxed geometry, will usually accept larger tires than a regular road bike and have rack and fender eyelets. I snagged this '85 Voyageur last year for $100, it needed the tires aired up and the chain oiled. I saw a LeTour Luxe of the same vintage with cantis and the front and rear Schwinn approved Blackburn racks for $100 this year. It wasn't quite as nice but for $100 it was nice enough. If I hadn't already had this one I would have grabbed it, it was on CL for almost a month.

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