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Old 01-24-12, 03:08 AM
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It looks great.
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Old 01-24-12, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by bikemanbob View Post

I did experiment in replacing the mountain bike handlebar with a rando drop bar. The attempt was to recreate a bike similiar to the Salsa Fargo. Although I like the look, the bike did not handle well with the rando bars. Also, the bike was uncomfortable. I returned the bike back to its original configuration.
Interesting experiment. I had considered doing something similar but changed my mind. When you say you found it uncomfortable, what was the issue?

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Old 01-24-12, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Interesting experiment. I had considered doing something similar but changed my mind. When you say you found it uncomfortable, what was the issue?
It is subjective, but the fork has so much rake that the front wheel felt too far in front of me. When I rode in the drops, I didn't feel safe and turning was adversely affected. Maybe with the right stem, it might feel different but I wasn't going to work that hard at it. The geometry would seem to be best suited for a Mt. bike handlebar. Just my oberservations. Thanks for asking.
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Bike is Finished!

I finished the Taramack. I'm pleased with the results. I did not modify it too much, but kept it original. The rack of the fork will take some getting use to, but it rides super smooth. It will work well for bad/wet weather days. Although the bike is slightly small for me, it should work well for my purposes. I bought a new seatpost to aid in riding. I've included "before and after" pictures in this thread, but the majority of "after" pictures can be seen in post #2.

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Old 01-25-12, 09:10 AM
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Ive had my Mt Tour sitting on the tune-up pile for a bit too long I think, after looking over this thread I might have to go dig it out! Although mine is grey and the blue is much nicer, it does have all the cool Raleigh badged parts though. I can't say even if its a 650 or 26"?! Gotta go check it out.
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Old 01-25-12, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by ericbaker View Post
Ive had my Mt Tour sitting on the tune-up pile for a bit too long I think, after looking over this thread I might have to go dig it out! Although mine is grey and the blue is much nicer, it does have all the cool Raleigh badged parts though. I can't say even if its a 650 or 26"?! Gotta go check it out.
I've only taken it for short rides, but it rides surprising smooth. I found the restore relatively problem free. I did settle on inexpensive tires to see if I like the bike. I would encourage you to get started on your bike. .
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Originally Posted by bikemanbob View Post
I did settle on inexpensive tires to see if I like the bike.

What inexpensive 650b tires did you use?
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Old 01-25-12, 08:33 PM
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What inexpensive 650b tires did you use?
I believe the tag said Sunlite, but I could be wrong. Wider tires would look better, but these will suit my purposes well.
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Old 01-26-12, 04:17 AM
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No fenders?

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No fenders right now. I want to see if I like the bike before investing any more money. I'm over-extended on my bike budget. The bike does need something more. Fenders would help greatly.
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Old 04-26-12, 09:55 PM
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Pretty cool that this thread should pop up now, I have an Elkhorn frameset (and derailleurs/shifters/bars/bottombracket) that's getting delivered today via fedex from that_guy_zach.

Anybody know what size seatpost the Elkhorn takes? 26.0? 26.2? I have my fingers crossed for 26.2 since I have an extra kalloy seatpost in that size already.
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Old 04-27-12, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by bikemanbob View Post
I did experiment in replacing the mountain bike handlebar with a rando drop bar. The attempt was to recreate a bike similiar to the Salsa Fargo. Although I like the look, the bike did not handle well with the rando bars. Also, the bike was uncomfortable. I returned the bike back to its original configuration. The bike is nearly complete. I have to run cables and replace tires. I should have the bike complete by this weekend.

You need a taller stem. Drop bars on a mountain bike, like the Salsa Fargo depends on having the drop section on the same level as the grips as your original handlebars. As a fitting kludge, you could ziptie the drops to your original handlebars and then find a stem that will fit to that.
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All cleaned up I have a new jo in riding this one
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If you're not entirely happy with the bullmoose bars, have you considered 'butterfly' trekking bars, or perhaps mustache bars? Either would greatly expand your choices for hand postion and be both period-correct and pleasantly offbeat.

*edit* Dang those are some slack angles. Like DL-1 slack. I bet those things ride just like you floatin on a cloud of t*****s.

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I've finally finished my Tamarack. Gone are the foam grips, crunchy MTB tires, and tired cables. Replaced the BB and overhauled all the other bearings.

This morning I took her out on an hour long shake down ride and did some final adjustments. She rides so smooth, and with the short gearing, could probably climb up a wall.

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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
I've finally finished my Tamarack. Gone are the foam grips, crunchy MTB tires, and tired cables. Replaced the BB and overhauled all the other bearings.

This morning I took her out on an hour long shake down ride and did some final adjustments. She rides so smooth, and with the short gearing, could probably climb up a wall.

Enough chat, here are some pics.

Thanks for sharing! The bike looks fantastic! You did a great job! I love the tires--great choice!

Unfortunately I broke one of the rear brake bosses on mine, and I haven't ridden it much. I hope to repair it this fall.



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Beautiful bike. I have recently picked one up. Can't wait to fix it!
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I had one of those. It had horizontal dropouts with separate derailleur hanger. I converted it to an 8 speed nexus IGH using a pre-built wheel from VO. Got a matching front wheel with the novatec dyno. Put stainless steel fenders and a front rack on it. Had to drill a hole in the fork crown to put the rack on, plenty of steel in the crown! Also put a different stem and bars on it. Sold it to a friend, but really liked the bike.

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heres mine it now wears a big basket on the front and sks silver fenders.
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All you Mountain Tour owners.. How is the geometry/handling on these things? I am considering one for a drop bar conversion for commuting.. I read the OP didn't like too much. Does it feel sluggish outta the saddle or is it responsive? I mean, yes compared to a crit bike but lets say compared to a sports tourer or something.
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All you Mountain Tour owners.. How is the geometry/handling on these things? I am considering one for a drop bar conversion for commuting.. I read the OP didn't like too much. Does it feel sluggish outta the saddle or is it responsive? I mean, yes compared to a crit bike but lets say compared to a sports tourer or something.
I don't think my Mountain Tour ('84 Crested Butte) feels particularly sluggish, but I'm comparing it to my other non-lightweight bicycles. The big issue I would think for drop bar conversion with these bikes is the geometry itself. They have looooong top-tubes, lots of rake in the fork, and 68 headtube angle. (It's the opposite of low-trail) I don't think it would be comfortable unless you were particularly long-torsoed, and the handling itself might feel weird. As it is, I put upright bars that are quite swept back to compensate for the long top tube. I think there would be other mountain bikes that would make better drop-bar conversions.

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i wish mine had a regular 22.2 steerer... or that they made a nitto tallux in a 21.1
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i wish mine had a regular 22.2 steerer... or that they made a nitto tallux in a 21.1
Oh man, I hope mine has 22.2 steerer especially since the eBay seller confirmed it was.
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I don't think my Mountain Tour ('84 Crested Butte) feels particularly sluggish, but I'm comparing it to my other non-lightweight bicycles. The big issue I would think for drop bar conversion with these bikes is the geometry itself. They have looooong top-tubes, lots of rake in the fork, and 68 headtube angle. (It's the opposite of low-trail) I don't think it would be comfortable unless you were particularly long-torsoed, and the handling itself might feel weird. As it is, I put upright bars that are quite swept back to compensate for the long top tube. I think there would be other mountain bikes that would make better drop-bar conversions.

Nice looking bike, classy! Well I bought the frame based on the top tube dimension being nearly the same as my daily ride. I guess I'll just have to tinker..which of course is part of the fun
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