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Old 02-09-21, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by esasjl
I just looked up the Appalachian, very similar and a lot more colourful! Good luck with the build and look forward to seeing the pics.
Yeah... Iím learning to love the 80s paint job! The DTHs arrived today and look sweet. Theyíre 2.15s and give about 7mm lateral clearance at the chainstays, with plenty of room for mudguards (fenders).
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Old 02-09-21, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Wilbur76
Hoping to convert this newly acquired 1994 Specialized Rockhopper FSR. Fairly mechanically sound except for some light rusting. Challenge is to address a seized seatpost and converting steerer starnut to threadless stem adapter since the cockpit is super slammed. Looking out for silver or chrome riser gravel drop bars if someone here has a source Iíd appreciate it.

Donít remember posting the completed build but here it is: The Warthog.



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Old 02-11-21, 07:16 AM
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Loads to do still on this (bars and stem are borrowed from another bike), but couldn't resist a quick pic seeing as I now have my 10 posts. Love the look of the DTHs.


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I love the colors on that Raleigh! The honey leather accents work so well with it too.
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Originally Posted by Rooney
I love the colors on that Raleigh! The honey leather accents work so well with it too.
Thanks. I think the colours are inherently hideous, but luckily the so-bad-itís-good retro factor comes to the rescue and I actually now like it.
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Old 02-13-21, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by ElCani
Loads to do still on this (bars and stem are borrowed from another bike), but couldn't resist a quick pic seeing as I now have my 10 posts. Love the look of the DTHs.
This looks great. The snow lets the colours stand out and the bright pastels are so unusual now that it works. Interesting shifter (SunTour 1500?) position, not seen this before. The DTHs have a good sidewall colour.

Is there any view in this thread on traditional cantis vs linear V-brakes?
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[QUOTE=esasjl;21922708

Is there any view in this thread on traditional cantis vs linear V-brakes?[/QUOTE]

I suspect that folks have their preferences but I don't recall there being any kind of dogma on either one in this thread. None of these bikes are being restored to original so it would seem out of place to expect someone to stick with cantis.
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Originally Posted by esasjl
This looks great. The snow lets the colours stand out and the bright pastels are so unusual now that it works. Interesting shifter (SunTour 1500?) position, not seen this before. The DTHs have a good sidewall colour.

Is there any view in this thread on traditional cantis vs linear V-brakes?
Thanks! The shifters are Suntour 1500. I was wondering whether I could get some Shimano 4500 STIs to work with the FD-C700 front mech, but figured that with mismatched cable pull, dodgy chainline and three shift aid-free chainrings, I was probably pushing my luck. I was then going to buy some BS-77 barcons, but though Iíd give these (which I already had) a go first. On realising the downtube was oversized and the band-on clamp was therefore too small, I put them on the toptube and... itís great! The shifters have cable stops (Iím using a stepped ferrule) and so does the frame, so itís all good.

Re brakes, my advice would be use whatever you have/like, but note that most drop bar brake levers have the correct pull for cantis. V-brake specific drop bar levers are of course available. Iíve only installed the front Deore LX canti on the Raleigh, but itís surprisingly good.
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Originally Posted by Wilbur76
Donít remember posting the completed build but here it is: The Warthog.


I don't know why, but I love the look of this bike, right down to the camo bar tape. Well done!
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Took FOREVER to find my fit, so I have two of these "crack-n-fail" 90s m series with pretty much the same setup.
The M700 is a friggin tank. Bought from the original owner near Charlottesville, Va. Gave it a quickie tuneup, did a metric century around western Albemarle County & deemed it ideal for my daily when I'm in Paris for work/family.
Found the M900 a week after I got back from Va, tore it down and laid it up while I was away in France (which is I found all the Stronglight bling for it.)


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Old 02-14-21, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by ElCani
Thanks! The shifters are Suntour 1500. I was wondering whether I could get some Shimano 4500 STIs to work with the FD-C700 front mech, but figured that with mismatched cable pull, dodgy chainline and three shift aid-free chainrings, I was probably pushing my luck. I was then going to buy some BS-77 barcons, but though Iíd give these (which I already had) a go first. On realising the downtube was oversized and the band-on clamp was therefore too small, I put them on the toptube and... itís great! The shifters have cable stops (Iím using a stepped ferrule) and so does the frame, so itís all good.

Re brakes, my advice would be use whatever you have/like, but note that most drop bar brake levers have the correct pull for cantis. V-brake specific drop bar levers are of course available. Iíve only installed the front Deore LX canti on the Raleigh, but itís surprisingly good.
Of course, 28.6 top tube, great solution. Purely coincidentally I've found this bike that has a top tube lever; an early drop bar MTB! I've not used cantis before but an tempted to give them a try. It will also make fitting mudguards a bit easier.
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I've got just over 1000 miles on it since i finished it late last summer, and it's more or less become my go-to bike for most things. It's not perfect at anything, but it's good at everything i want it to do including road, gravel, fire roads, light singletrack, commuting and everything in between. And that's exactly what I wanted! Out on a road ride and see a cool looking singletrack trail? scope it out! Long mixed-terrain adventures with some hike-a-bike? check! Maybe someday I'll replace the fork (I'm very tempted by waltworks...) but right now its still a semi-budget build, I'm just around $1000 in, including a very spendy saddle and tires, but they are at least mobile to other bikes.

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-89 Diamondback Axis Team
-Tange Chromed fork that came with it.
-White industries hubs laced to mavic 217 rims (used, swap meet)
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-Sunrace 12s 11-51 cassette
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-Microshift 12s bar end shifter (I've got a thing for bar end shifters.)
-XC pro cranks (came with frame) with a cheap amazon 42t 1x ring
-lugged steel stem (Rivendell?) from a swap meet
-Sakae Randonneur bars from a dumpster bike
-Avid Single digit mag brakes and Tektro road-V-brake levers (520 i think)
-XC pro seatpost (came with frame)
-crappy garage Specialized, then a nicer Selle italia for short rides, now Berthoud saddle for long rides

It's rocking a blackburn rear rack right now, this comes and goes depending on my ratio of long rides and commuter rides. Perhaps one day it will get a nice pair of light fenders- I think this might be a nice robust rando bike with those and lights.



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Originally Posted by aeshultz
Very interesting bike- hadn't seen these before this. Is yours a 60cm?
Any other feedback would be appreciated.

The Handsome Devil is a 700c version of the XO-1 (XOXO).
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Schwinn PDG conversion

Currently under construction. Sorry, can't show pics, admins require 10 posts!?
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Two more

Do I have to do another two silly posts like this to post a pic?
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Ok, one more

I hope, my next post contains a pic. Fingers crossed!
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Final try. My 95 Schwinn PDG conversion

Final try:

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The work in progress:



Evnentually 650b with full Sram Rival and decals removed. I call it "the contraption". It floats.
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More work on done my Appalachian... Nitto Randonneur Bars (B132) and Nitto MT-10 stem, plus some metal mudguards I had lying around. Crap bar tape that doesn't stretch, nightmare to wrap.








Couple more...

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Final try:

Nice bike, looks quick.

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that's so stupid and awesome
you're only missing a trick without a canti stop in the stem
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Originally Posted by ElCani
More work on done my Appalachian... Nitto Randonneur Bars (B132) and Nitto MT-10 stem, plus some metal mudguards I had lying around. Crap bar tape that doesn't stretch, nightmare to wrap.

Do you get a lot of flex at the stem? I have mine set up like yours and I get a lot of flex. I weight about 240 so that may something to do with it.
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Do you get a lot of flex at the stem? I have mine set up like yours and I get a lot of flex. I weight about 240 so that may something to do with it.
Iíve barely ridden it so far, but itís clear that thereís quite a bit of flex (I weigh 85kg/190lbs). I like to think of it as built-in comfort!

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Originally Posted by TomvanHalen
Still haven't made my way through this thread fully but gleaned some inspiration from it. Hi from England anyway, have a bike. I have more plans for it but it's a good tourer for now. Raleigh Special Products 853 MTB frame.














Love this bike!
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Originally Posted by ElCani
Love this bike!
Thanks! it went through a few revisions.

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Eventually sold it on, it was a bit too long for my liking unfortunately.

Its replacement isn't technically a vintage drop bar conversion, but it is inspired by one


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