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Old 06-01-18, 04:45 AM
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My proof-of-concept adventure rig. We have tons of dirt roads around here with some great scenery.

Seems to work quite well, and has turned a crusty old bike that was really unpleasant to ride into something quite fun. I do want to raise the bars up a bit, which will involve either hacking around with quill stem adapters or finding another frame.

If I end up with another frame then I'm not sure whether I'll stick with 26" or try and find an old 27" road bike frame and put wide 700C wheels/tyres on it. I'll see what eventuates.

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So Iíve been on the hunt for a mtb to do a drop bar conversion This Kuwahara was on cl locally for awhile and I finally decided to take on the project The brake mounts were moved by previous owner So Iím in the process of a repaint The two pics of complete bike were mock-up test fit/ride pics 3 bottle mounts and spoke holders and nice lugwork Frame is currently on 4th coat dark blue paint Taking my time on this



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1991 Raleigh Technium Chill. Finished!


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Originally Posted by CO_Hoya
Again, very impressive Bill.

Do you know what the frameset weight is for the Cimmaron? I'm happy with the rest of my build (XT drivetrain, RhynoLite wheelset), so I wonder how much penalty there is for using a 9.75lb frameset.
I weighed my red 23" Cimmaron frame at 5.45 frame and 2.20 fork (both with no parts)
for 7.65 total.
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Old 06-15-18, 03:59 PM
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I recently acquired a 100th year anniversary Schwinn clear creek...17 inch frame. Altus and acera...very light and fun. If basic mountain bike. It changed my whole outlook on cycling using it for personal transportation lately as all prior mountains where discy boingers. All roadies before where schwinn suburban types... Ive even owned a worksman adaptable tricycle lol for cargo/utility runs pop. But there is something to this. A rigid mountain bike on the streets with 26s is poetry. I am considering going trekking bars and both front and rear racks. Pics to come of the stock schwinn. Blank
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Originally Posted by LorenMiranda
I recently acquired a 100th year anniversary Schwinn clear creek...17 inch frame. Altus and acera...very light and fun. If basic mountain bike. It changed my whole outlook on cycling using it for personal transportation lately as all prior mountains where discy boingers. All roadies before where schwinn suburban types... Ive even owned a worksman adaptable tricycle lol for cargo/utility runs pop. But there is something to this. A rigid mountain bike on the streets with 26s is poetry. I am considering going trekking bars and both front and rear racks. Pics to come of the stock schwinn. Blank
That bike will last you a good long time. I got mine new for Christmas when I was 13 - my first "grown-up" bike. Still have it and use it regularly, even though I've bought fancier bikes, and even though it's a little too small for me. I believe I have upgraded every single component on this bike over the years. Since this is the drop bar thread, here is a picture of it with Nitto Noodles, although it has Nitto Bullmoose bars now.

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Thank you for the pic...motivation by the pixel lol. I also found on cl a paramount (think i am becoming Schwinn loyal) in 15 inch that hopefully will 1. Fit my wife and 2. Be available on the first lol. My only complaint is that the factory fork has only one eyelet and no mid rack mount but whatever. I have officially read half of this thread... I got a problem lol
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File photo.. Looks just like mine
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Originally Posted by leftthread
Do you think a drop bar conversion would also work well with a flat-bar hybrid frame, 700c/35 wheels?
should work just fine, might need to consider problemsolvers or v brake compatible drop bar brake levers if it's running v brakes...or switch it to cantilever brakes
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Cimarron Dropbar on Chicago CL if anyone's interested. Too big for me.
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Here is my Mongoose IBOC Team (Deore XT) project.



Unfortunately, after taking it around the block a few times, I don't like the saddle to bar drop. My other bikes have them at about the same height. This is likely due to the bike being a 20.5in frame, I usually ride a 22in. The current stem is at it's max and the only way I can think of to raise the bars (31.8 clamp) would be to use the Soma high riser thread-less adapter, but then I'd be concerned with durability on rougher trails. I may set it up with the high riser just to see, but this conversion has likely stalled.

Handlebar: Salsa Cowbell
Shifters: MicroNew 3x7
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Here's one I recently finished. I started with a c.1991 Marin Eldridge Grade frame that I had powder coated in flat black. The only original parts are the frame and seat post, the rest are all new of one sort or another. It's what a buddy of mine calls an "off road touring bike". It was a blast to put together.

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I had a crusty old 85 Schwinn Mirada in the garage and this thread gave me the motivation to do a conversion just to see if it was worthwhile. So I threw it together with takeoffs from other bikes. Stem shifters from an 80's Traveler, Modelo drop bars with Exage brake levers from a Crosscut that someone had tried to convert to a dropbar gravel bike and tires,rims and stem from a Trek 800.
The results ain't pretty (or light) but the ride is comfortable. It's so ratty I'm not sure if I'll keep it, but if I came across a Mirada (or better from same year)in good condition I would throw some good parts at it for sure.

I have a Cannondale M400 sitting in the shop that might be a good candidate for a light and decent looking conversion, I'd need a rigid fork for it though since the cheap suspension fork on it is seized up.
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Hey! So glad to finally be part of this thread (after much faffing about with stems, cable stops and brakes) - I finally realised I was able to use all the original parts and just swap the bars & shifters. 1991 Marin Palisades Trail. Inaugural ride today, had so much fun!

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Originally Posted by katsup
Here is my Mongoose IBOC Team (Deore XT) project.

Unfortunately, after taking it around the block a few times, I don't like the saddle to bar drop. My other bikes have them at about the same height. This is likely due to the bike being a 20.5in frame, I usually ride a 22in. The current stem is at it's max and the only way I can think of to raise the bars (31.8 clamp) would be to use the Soma high riser thread-less adapter, but then I'd be concerned with durability on rougher trails. I may set it up with the high riser just to see, but this conversion has likely stalled.
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I find on my drop bar conversions, I end up with a larger sized MTB than I typically ride. So I have a 18 inch MTB, a 22 inch road bike, my drop conversion is 20 inch. TT length is very important and many MTBs they get crazy long. In those cases, I end up with a smaller drop conversion.

Sizing is so personal. So what works for you could be different!
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I find on my drop bar conversions, I end up with a larger sized MTB than I typically ride. So I have a 18 inch MTB, a 22 inch road bike, my drop conversion is 20 inch. TT length is very important and many MTBs they get crazy long. In those cases, I end up with a smaller drop conversion.

Sizing is so personal. So what works for you could be different!
I think that was the problem with the Mongoose, it was one size smaller than I what I usually ride. I plan to install the parts on my 22in Trek 950 to see how I fit, but haven't gotten to it yet. The top tube measured the same on both bikes, which is similar to my drop bars bikes; but the 950 should allow me to get the bars up higher due to it being a larger frame.

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Based on a 90s alloy frame, my mountain road bike (waiting for the rest of them to turn up at work!) sorry it's the wrong way round
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Here is mine! Posted in Gravelbiking Forum, I bought this Trek 950 two months ago. Deore lx 7x3 drivetrain and cantis, I installed my favourite handlebar Velo Orange Randonneur with VO quill stem, Microshift left bar end shifter, 105 7s right down tube shifter on Dura ace bar end shifter pod, two 105 left brake levers ( donated ) and Kenda Kwest 26x1.75 tires.
Really nice ride! I don't miss my sold Focus Mares at all!
Sorry for some poor pics from my mobil!
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Nice build! True All-Road rig right there
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[QUOTE=wrk101;20361801]Weight weenie, from this point, you can add back pedals and saddle of your choice, racks, etc., and be very competitive with most touring bikes weight wise /QUOTE]

are those tektro brake levers?
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[QUOTE=biketroubadour;20449612]
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Weight weenie, from this point, you can add back pedals and saddle of your choice, racks, etc., and be very competitive with most touring bikes weight wise /QUOTE]

are those tektro brake levers?

Those are Cane Creek SCR-5s. They were take offs from a bike I parted out so they had been in the bin for a while. Tektro makes some that are almost identical (maybe they made them for Cane Creek?) Cane Creeks have unique hood imprinting.

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Checking this guy out tomorrow- drop bar potential?

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That era Deore is quite nice. Surely that is not original fork, still a Klein at that price with those parts is a winner. Should make a nice conversion.


Make sure rear hub is not Suntour cassette. If it is, be prepared to replace the wheel. Suntour cassettes have a unique spline, been out of production for 25 years. Now front wheel may be a replacement (hence the fork change). Check for a collision, ripples on the DT and TT. A Deore XT bike would not come with Suntour hubs, so that front hub is an outlier. Rear wheel could well be original, if so it will have an XT hub.

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An update to my conversion (altough it's not an MTB but a trekking bike originally).



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