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Old 02-02-24, 11:50 AM
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Just wanted to jump in again in this one to say youíve got a special bike. The Ď98s I believe were the only year to come with a rear cable stop for the rear brake. All other years it was just a cable tube/guide to run cantis. With the stop, the bike came with V brakes which to me are heads and tails above cantis. After that the 730 was no more. At least not made in USA.

Ive got a roughly Ď96 750 and I might just be keeping an eye out for one of these 1998 730s. The perfect Ďdo it allí jack-of-all-trades bikes. Get a spare wheelset, set up one w/ fast rims and narrow tires, and the other w/ beefy rims and gravel tires, and BAM! Ready for anything!
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Just wanted to jump in again in this one to say you’ve got a special bike. The ‘98s I believe were the only year to come with a rear cable stop for the rear brake. All other years it was just a cable tube/guide to run cantis. With the stop, the bike came with V brakes which to me are heads and tails above cantis. After that the 730 was no more. At least not made in USA.

Ive got a roughly ‘96 750 and I might just be keeping an eye out for one of these 1998 730s. The perfect ‘do it all’ jack-of-all-trades bikes. Get a spare wheelset, set up one w/ fast rims and narrow tires, and the other w/ beefy rims and gravel tires, and BAM! Ready for anything!
Thanks again for the details and scoop! I think I mentioned my 9 year old daughter keeps talking about riding the Quick 1 - I found my replacement.

I do have two sets of wheels for it. I finally decided that to grab the 70x35c Marathon GT Tours from my Quick 1 for it. Great tires and virtually indestructable but too bit heavy for the Quick. Later on I'll set up the original wheel set for the 11 speed cassette and install some wider tires for gravel.



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I took an afternoon break and cut down the bars, installed the brake levers, shifters, and grips. Also swapped the front tire from my Quick 1 to the $40 wheel set. Wow, I can't believe I forgot how hard those tires are to mount.

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Sweet project. FYI the shifters should be inboard of the brake levers.
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Sweet project. FYI the shifters should be inboard of the brake levers.
Thanks you! I knew something didnít look right but didnít have time to figure it out.
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Yesterday I got a little time with the 730. I relocated the shifters, finished up shifter cables, and hunted down setup info for the derailleurs. I've done research into the 11 speed cassette adaption too. 1.8mm is not much but enough to cause problems. My daughter has discovered the front 105 hub spins very fast and easily while on the stand. I'm excited to explore the local trails on this one.

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I bought one of those aluminum UPAN Bike silver handlebars off Amazon for a cheap-ish project I was doing. I figured that a little paint remover would take the painted on lettering right off. Nope. That lettering is underneath some type of clearcoat they use on them.
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It sounds like you've researched things, so know that the 11-34t version of 11s road cassettes fits properly on the older 8/9/10s freehubs.

Those rims might be a weak point if the bike gets cornered hard off-road using the upright bars, I've folded even a stronger Open Pro rear rim after catching traction mid-slide (and I'm a lightweight rider on properly-tensioned wheels).

I really like those bars, and I like riding hybrids even without today's fashionably-wide tires.
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I lost track; what's wrong with 2 x 9?
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It sounds like you've researched things, so know that the 11-34t version of 11s road cassettes fits properly on the older 8/9/10s freehubs.

Those rims might be a weak point if the bike gets cornered hard off-road using the upright bars, I've folded even a stronger Open Pro rear rim after catching traction mid-slide (and I'm a lightweight rider on properly-tensioned wheels).

I really like those bars, and I like riding hybrids even without today's fashionably-wide tires.
Yes, I read the 11-34 will fit but still unclear on the part number. I hoped repurpose parts off the shelf and the current cassette I am playing with is a 105 11-32 but looks like I need to order a new one. I have the wheels off my Cannondale Quick one and will try that 11-34 cassette for reference.

Thanks for the heads up on the wheels !This one will spend time covering the local paved trail network and get some time on the OTET. I still I have the original Acera wheels and can set those up with larger tires if I want to explore singletrack. I've already converted it to support the 11-34t cassette.
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Originally Posted by Korina
I lost track; what's wrong with 2 x 9?
2x11 was on the shelf and I'm not good a leaving things alone... yeah, I'm one of those people.
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Originally Posted by Korina
I lost track; what's wrong with 2 x 9?
Nothing. I even kept my old Trek project 8 speed. If I had my choice though, I'd go 9 speed just because it had a long run and parts aren't that expensive for it. Plus, SRAM and Shimano were both good products during that period.
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Originally Posted by tkm
Nothing. I even kept my old Trek project 8 speed. If I had my choice though, I'd go 9 speed just because it had a long run and parts aren't that expensive for it. Plus, SRAM and Shimano were both good products during that period.
And 8- and 9-speed chains are nice and sturdy.
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And 8- and 9-speed chains are nice and sturdy.
Yes, yes they are. Maybe it's just me getting older but after 10 speed I stopped giving a crap because the parts started to become inferior to those they replaced all in the name of an extra speed or two and a few grams.
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The probability of 1x conversion in the future is highly possible. I get the challenges of more gears. Just a reminder, the crank and derailleurs were zero cost additions since they were removed from another bike and sitting on the shelf.
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The probability of 1x conversion in the future is highly possible. I get the challenges of more gears. Just a reminder, the crank and derailleurs were zero cost additions since they were removed from another bike and sitting on the shelf.
Blech. 2x is more versatile, but you do you.
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Blech. 2x is more versatile, but you do you.
I agree 2x is more versatile and I am considering a different crankset that has less teeth than the current 50 tooth big ring. So many possibilities... so little money
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I agree 2x is more versatile and I am considering a different crankset that has less teeth than the current 50 tooth big ring. So many possibilities... so little money
Aye, there's the rub; lack of cashy money. I'm a big fan of fewer teeth, as you can see from my avatar.
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Aye, there's the rub; lack of cashy money. I'm a big fan of fewer teeth, as you can see from my avatar.
If it is a longterm keeper (and thats looking pretty good), something like a 48/34 front would be my choice. The 50/11 combo just does not make sense to me...

Until then, I'll go with it as it sits and enjoy it. #hurryupspring
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Originally Posted by dddd
It sounds like you've researched things, so know that the 11-34t version of 11s road cassettes fits properly on the older 8/9/10s freehubs.

Those rims might be a weak point if the bike gets cornered hard off-road using the upright bars, I've folded even a stronger Open Pro rear rim after catching traction mid-slide (and I'm a lightweight rider on properly-tensioned wheels).

I really like those bars, and I like riding hybrids even without today's fashionably-wide tires.

CS-HG700-11 looks to fit the bill

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todayís update - grabbed the HG-700 again and gave another tryÖ this time with the spacer removed from the back.
Other than a missing master link for the chain and rear derailleur adjustment, itís all together. I sat on it and Iím really happy with the feel as built. I canít wait to fine tune the fit.







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If it is a longterm keeper (and thats looking pretty good), something like a 48/34 front would be my choice. The 50/11 combo just does not make sense to me...

Until then, I'll go with it as it sits and enjoy it. #hurryupspring
I'm helping a friend upgrade the crank on his CAADX and he offered the old crank to me once we get things sorted out - 2013/2014 FSA Omega 46/36 170mm. I'm considering it so I'm going to hold off on the chain until I do some more research. This also has me looking to see if there is a smaller outer ring for the current FSA omega that’s on it. Decisions decisions decisions



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todayís update - grabbed the HG-700 again and gave another tryÖ this time with the spacer removed from the back.
Other than a missing master link for the chain and rear derailleur adjustment, itís all together. I sat on it and Iím really happy with the feel as built. I canít wait to fine tune the fit.
Looking good! Looks like you still have ample room between your smallest cog and the dropout. Was your previous spacer keeping the cassette from fitting at all? Is a spacer under the cassette still a possibility if you find you have a problematic chain line to the largest cog? I like to run the pedals backward with the chain on the largest cog. If the chain chatters or doesnít want to stay on it, I look at whether I need a cassette spacer, or if I need to reconsider the length of my bottom bracket, or if Iíve just gone a cog too far with my cassette selection. Yours may be fine. Just askingí.
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Looking good! Looks like you still have ample room between your smallest cog and the dropout. Was your previous spacer keeping the cassette from fitting at all? Is a spacer under the cassette still a possibility if you find you have a problematic chain line to the largest cog? I like to run the pedals backward with the chain on the largest cog. If the chain chatters or doesn’t want to stay on it, I look at whether I need a cassette spacer, or if I need to reconsider the length of my bottom bracket, or if I’ve just gone a cog too far with my cassette selection. Yours may be fine. Just asking’.
I'm embarrassed to say it but...

The cassette spacer ring stuck to the back of the 11-34 cassette when I tried it on the 105/mavic wheel. After tons of additional reading, I tried it again... but not until I checked the back. With the spacer remove, it went right into place. I think spacing looks good on the drive side but it might be a bit wide. Since I converted the 105 rear hub from 130mm to 135mm I'm not sure which sided needed more spacing. I added 2mm to the drive side and 3mm to the other and need to figure out the chainline as you mentioned. I think it sits to far to the non-drive side of the bike but the wheel is nearly centered between the chain stays. If all else fails, can move the spacers to shift the assembly towards the drive side.

I need to order a new chain for this one, replacement cassette and tires for the Quick. More hurry up and wait for me.

Also, I found a 46 tooth sprocket for the FSA crank that is currently on the bike.

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