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Old 12-02-14, 12:42 PM
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Parts start arriving today...

...for my 1994ish Rockhopper-to-CX conversion.



Definitely my most ambitious bike project to date. And a little more pricey than I had originally thought. Not reusing much from my old bike.
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So what did you get?
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I've made several different orders, so things will be coming in at various times.

What I received yesterday:
Xtracycle 26" to 700c Brake Post Conversion Adapter
FSA Omega Compact bars
Lizard Skin bar tape (a tribute to my old bar end covers, I had to do it)

Today I should receive the stem.

The "big" order shipped today from Chain Reaction. Shifters, crankset, rear derailleur, etc, etc...

A couple other miscellaneous orders interspersed. Should be an interesting next couple of weeks, if I can keep the "honey-dos" to a minimum.
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I just noticed the 26 to 700 conversion. What size tire can you fit?
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I put my road tires on and they fit with more clearance than I expected. I ordered Schwalbe CX Comp 700x30 tires. Here's where the fun will begin. Hoping they're not going to be too snug.
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I hate to throw cold water on someone's project...

You might want to check the handling of the bike before spending a ton of time and money. Changing the tire diameter will alter the handling. You might find the converted bike does not handle well.
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
I hate to throw cold water on someone's project...

You might want to check the handling of the bike before spending a ton of time and money. Changing the tire diameter will alter the handling. You might find the converted bike does not handle well.
+1 I've heard this about 26" to 700c conversions. I was going to do the same thing a while back with an old TREK mtb, but decided against it.
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
I hate to throw cold water on someone's project...

You might want to check the handling of the bike before spending a ton of time and money. Changing the tire diameter will alter the handling. You might find the converted bike does not handle well.
Appreciate the comment. My plan was to re-use an extra set of road rims I have collecting dust. Worst case, I re-use the original 26" rims and burned some cash on a lesson learned. I've certainly done worse.

Will 700x30 tires fit on a 2014 Roubaix?
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My 26" to 700c conversion made my early 90's mtb feel better! I don't think you will have any problems. The hardest part for me was the getting the cranks spaced nicely to get a good chain line. I originally converted it to an 8 speed rear but just last week changed everything to 9 speed. With the 9 speed chain, no more FD rub anywhere...

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Doing with out Brakes ?, they are well below the rims .. ( build drum brake wheels and that really wont matter. ) you got no disc mounts so that's Out.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Doing with out Brakes ?, they are well below the rims .. ( build drum brake wheels and that really wont matter. ) you got no disc mounts so that's Out.
Addressed in his initial post:

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Xtracycle 26" to 700c Brake Post Conversion Adapter
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The 20 year old bottom bracket required a little persuasion this morning...



I was getting a little worried when it wouldn't budge with the impact wrench. Then I added a little leverage.

New bottom bracket installed. I put the new stem on my road bike this morning and really liked the way it felt. So I decide to swap it (for now, anyway) with the stock stem from my Roubaix. Then I installed the new bars. Now I'm waiting on parts.
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Seems to me you're wasting money.

Building up a bike by buying new components separately is way more expensive than buying a complete bike. Even if you already have many parts of the bike, it oftentimes still is a bad deal. You end up spending 2x or 3x as much, compared to buying a complete bike.

Especially when it's unclear whether the frame in question is worth holding on to (what's so special about 94' rockhoppers? it's worth about 10 bucks)
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Originally Posted by dizzy101
Seems to me you're wasting money.

Building up a bike by buying new components separately is way more expensive than buying a complete bike. Even if you already have many parts of the bike, it oftentimes still is a bad deal. You end up spending 2x or 3x as much, compared to buying a complete bike.

Especially when it's unclear whether the frame in question is worth holding on to (what's so special about 94' rockhoppers? it's worth about 10 bucks)
You may or may not be correct, that's for the OP to decide.

Keep in mind a new bike has economic issues, also. New bikes depreciate significantly during the first years of ownership. Cyclist often select saddles, handlebars, pedals, and a cassette based on individual requirements.

Cycling is recreation, not a business.
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This is definitely a "life is a journey, not a destination" type of project. I am fortunate in that I can afford to "waste" my money on something like this. The value is not in the hardware. I'm learning to work on a bike. I'm breathing life into my old bike that was collecting dust in the back of my parents garage. I'm getting closer to N+1.

I realize this is not the most efficient use of my cash. But hey, live and learn. C'est la vie.
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Originally Posted by dizzy101
Building up a bike by buying new components separately is way more expensive than buying a complete bike. Even if you already have many parts of the bike, it oftentimes still is a bad deal. You end up spending 2x or 3x as much, compared to buying a complete bike.
Your range is way off. While one probably won't save any money building a bike from parts, a patient and thrifty parts shopper can easily do it for only 10 - 20% more than the cost of a comparable complete bike. And that's assuming no benefit from a well-stocked parts bin. Maybe one could be foolish enough to spend 3x on a build, but it's possible to do a lot better.

Cost aside, there's something fundamentally satisfying about breathing new life into an old bike and/or creating something that's unique. Not to mention that new and shiny isn't always desirable. For locking up at that nasty old bike rack at the grocery store, a training ride in foul weather, or the abuse of a CX race or gravel grinder, sometimes it's nice to have something a little less polished that you can ride worry-free.
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Originally Posted by Kopsis
Your range is way off.
I guess I stopped reading (or paying attention) at "...way more expense." Yeah, no way I'm spending 2-3x the cost of a new bike. That's crazy. At most, I am approaching the cost of an entry level bike (with better components at that). I've definitely taken full advantage of Black-Friday-Cyber-Monday-Christmas-Bargain-Blowouts. Free shipping kicks a$$!

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Cost aside, there's something fundamentally satisfying about breathing new life into an old bike and/or creating something that's unique. Not to mention that new and shiny isn't always desirable. For locking up at that nasty old bike rack at the grocery store, a training ride in foul weather, or the abuse of a CX race or gravel grinder, sometimes it's nice to have something a little less polished that you can ride worry-free.
This, exactly.
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Besides, off-the-rack is so damn boring. I'm way too contrarian to ride something stock. 3 of my 5 bikes ('82 Shogun SS, '85 Trek geared road,. ~92 Diamondback CX) are old frames built up to modern spec. They all have "soul" and I like that.
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my lbs will swap parts when you buy a stock bike. I had a full bike build's worth of parts when I put together my gravel bike, it still cost me around $200 over the cost of the frame. But I assume everyone can do the comparison for themselves.
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Not quite there. Getting closer...
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That's starting to look really good.
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Very cool!

I have been thinking about doing the same to my old StumpJumper. Enjoying this conversion!
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Well, my project took a back seat to the holidays, weather, life, etc.... Finally, though, I can say it's pretty much complete. I learned a lot during the build, spent a little more than I expected, but all in all, it was worth it. Last week, between downpours, I took it out (finally) for a first spin around the neighborhood.


In the last 2 years since I've gotten back into cycling, it's been all road. It was fun getting dirty again

I rode it to work today. My commute is mostly on MUPs and today I took the gravel levees and doubletrack for a good portion of the ride. It was fun to ride on dirt again. As far as handling goes, I will admit it is a bit "twitchy" but not so bad that I felt uncomfortable or out of control. I think I will instead call it "aggressive." I was actually surprised to see that I got a few PRs on the ride home.

It still needs a little tweaking, but I am happy with how this turned out.
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