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Old 07-16-15, 06:11 AM
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I purchased this around 1996 but never rode it much - it was a bit large for me for any kind of MTBing. This model was made in 1991/92 and was Scapin's top of the line MTB at the time. It is lugged Cromor OR tubing and has a full Campy Euclid group. I swapped the bars/stem for an On One Midge and a Kalloy dirt drop, changed the shifters to Triomphe with Rivendell bar end adapters and the brake levers are gutted Athena 11.




Off the charts gorgeous!!!!

Well done!!

Be sure to keep it well locked!! This is one of those that would be very hard to find if some a**hole stole it.


Nice thing about drop bar sizing, I went from an 18 inch traditional MTB size to a 20 inch drop bar size. For reference, I usually ride a 22 inch road bike. Of course, lots of variation in top tube length, some of them can get VERY long.

I kind of regret not learning about this earlier, as I let a beautiful Trek mtb go that I wanted to keep really bad, but it was a 19.5 inch frame. As a mtb, I could not make it fit. As a drop bar conversion it would have been great.

Oh well..
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Old 07-16-15, 06:40 AM
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Judging by the photo and he's in Wyoming...I don't think he has too much to worrying about someone stealing it.

This is a seriously awesome bike. Not a single thing I would change with this build. It's Italian, it's lugged, it's a rigid mtb, it's got a Campy mtb group, it's got dropbars and a wickedly awesome paint job. I'm completely speechless. Lock this thread because I've now seen the top of the mountain...and it is good...very good.
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Originally Posted by Choke View Post
I purchased this around 1996 but never rode it much...
Totally rad! And neon colors are back in again!! That bike looks NOS, I'd be afraid to ride it around! It even has a shark fin chainstay protector!! Pink and yellow toeclips and straps, matching brake and shift cables - wow!!! This bike is the true home for Cinelli splash bar tape! (Did I use enough exclamation points?!)
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Originally Posted by Choke View Post
I purchased this around 1996 but never rode it much - it was a bit large for me for any kind of MTBing. This model was made in 1991/92 and was Scapin's top of the line MTB at the time. It is lugged Cromor OR tubing and has a full Campy Euclid group. I swapped the bars/stem for an On One Midge and a Kalloy dirt drop, changed the shifters to Triomphe with Rivendell bar end adapters and the brake levers are gutted Athena 11.
Stunning!
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Nice thing about drop bar sizing, I went from an 18 inch traditional MTB size to a 20 inch drop bar size. For reference, I usually ride a 22 inch road bike. Of course, lots of variation in top tube length, some of them can get VERY long.
I was under the impression that one should size down when converting to drop bar mtbs. E.g. Ifone rides 20" regular MTB, they should go down to 18" if converting to a drop bar. Mainly because the TT are long. Am I understanding you right? Thanks!
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Hey all right! I've been waiting 2 and a half years to see another one like mine

http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...l#post15197181

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Got this one finished this week. Bought the frame and fork, with brakes BB, and headset at the Frankenbike SA swap in June for $5.00.
Mid 80's High Sierra now fitted out with parts I had. Have not been able to ride it because of recent surgery, but I'm looking forward to it.
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Old 07-16-15, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by romperrr View Post
I was under the impression that one should size down when converting to drop bar mtbs. E.g. Ifone rides 20" regular MTB, they should go down to 18" if converting to a drop bar. Mainly because the TT are long. Am I understanding you right? Thanks!
I've sized up. Just watch TT length, as there is some variation there.
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Thanks everyone.

Mountaindave - It's not NOS but it's pretty close. I don't think it was ridden much before I purchased it and I certainly haven't put many miles on it so far.
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That's really really nice, Choke. I fall in love with it. Congrats.
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Old 07-17-15, 01:36 PM
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This is one of my favorite posts on BF!
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This thread just keeps on giving and giving... pondering on whether or not I will run some dirt drops on the new purple monster.

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Can anyone identify this Raleigh? The seller is asking for $75. Seeing that it's set up for commuting (slick tires, rear rack), I'm tempted to get it.



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Old 07-18-15, 04:16 PM
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I "needed" to build another one, so I picked up this 96 Litespeed Obed for my riding buddy (brother-in-law).

Got a Midge bar for it. Waiting to receive the fork, carbon seat post and Brooks C17 saddle.

Building it into a 1x9 (30t x 12-36t) with one single friction shifter (Suntour Power Thumb Shifter).

should be fun.
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The only thing I did recently was to swap stems for a longer one with a bit of rise (actually the original stem it came with) and throw on an 11-30 8s cassette to match the 8s brifters. Amazing what a small tweak can do to make a drastic change in comfort. This photo is 2/3 of the way into a 32 mile ride yesterday that included a mix of everything from paved trail to gravel to very rough logging roads. It was an epic ride!

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Old 07-19-15, 11:04 AM
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This thread just keeps on giving and giving...
Indeed. I don't comment on every photo and story but I enjoy them all.

Today I got out for the first long ride since installing drop bars. I'm am very happy with it. I brought a spare tube and patch kit as always but forgot to reattach my frame pump since taking it and the water bottle cages off for cleaning. Fortunately I didn't need it.







6280 feet above sea level.

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1997 Trek 820

This doesn't qualify as "vintage", but it is a conversion nonetheless. Running SS for now. Soon to be a full out touring bike. The frame/fork geometry is similar to an ideal touring bike.

Reminds me of my old cyclo-cross bike.
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Old 07-20-15, 08:37 AM
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Reminds me of my old cyclo-cross bike.
That's certainly a nice clean build! Paint or powdercoat? And yes, this is the thread that "keeps on giving." My favorite one here at C&V.

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That's certainly a nice clean build! Paint or powdercoat? And yes, this is the thread that "keeps on giving." My favorite one here at C&V.
Thanks. I had it powder coated. Most parts are new. Only thing stock are the QR skewers on the seatpost/wheels.
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Old 07-20-15, 12:33 PM
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Indeed. I don't comment on every photo and story but I enjoy them all.

Today I got out for the first long ride since installing drop bars. I'm am very happy with it. I brought a spare tube and patch kit as always but forgot to reattach my frame pump since taking it and the water bottle cages off for cleaning. Fortunately I didn't need it.




It would have been ironic had you gotten a snakebite flat.
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How much do you all pay for these drop bar conversions at the bike shop?
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How much do you all pay for these drop bar conversions at the bike shop?
$0

I think everyone here is DIY.

I think I spent about $125 on my project. Probably another $30 or so on parts that I screwed up or didn't need. You can spend much less or much more, depending on circumstances and luck. There's no guidebook on this so I'd just suggest reading as much of this thread as you can and then start wrenching until you figure it out.
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How much do you all pay for these drop bar conversions at the bike shop?
I wouldn't pay a bike shop to do a conversion (for me).

I did the conversion (posted above) on a tight budget. I already had the bike. But I paid to have it powder coated. Everything cost me $500 +/-. I installed/dialed-in everything myself.

And the SS setup is just temporary until I buy all the gearing components. That alone is another $300 +/-.
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So who has one of the elusive Clark-Kent fs road bikes / ala LeMond?

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Originally Posted by CannedPakes View Post
How much do you all pay for these drop bar conversions at the bike shop?
All DIY. $50 for a Midge bar. $27 for Tektro R520 levers.

And over $200 in a bunch of stems until I found the right one. That's an excuse for me to keep building these, so I can use up all my stems.
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How much do you all pay for these drop bar conversions at the bike shop?
I figure I have $500 - $600 in mine, including the original purchase price from craigslist and some parts not related to the conversion, such as chain, cassette, one chainring, front and rear racks, tires, etc. I didn't have much of a "parts bin" to pull parts from, so I had to buy the handlebar, brake levers, shifters, cables, cable housing cutter/crimper tool, and even a Pletscher double-leg kickstand to use as a work stand. That was a great idea, and lots cheaper than even the least expensive used workstands for sale on craigslist.

However, it took me two years to spend all that money, and now I have a bike that has almost all new parts on it. I don't think it will need anything else for a good long while.

Here's a pic from yesterday afternoon at the local BMX track, if you guys aren't sick of seeing this bike yet. Drop bars and bar-end shifters are fun on the high, banked turns, and for those who wonder about hand positions on the Midge bars, let me say the drops are where you want to be when the bike gets fully airborne!



My only regret is when a guy about my age (old enough to be the original owner of a vintage MTB) rode up to a scenic overlook where I had stopped yesterday morning. He was riding a very 1990s-looking Trek in teal green, with matching teal bar ends, no less. I was hoping he’d say, “Hey, nice vintage drop bar conversion!”
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