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Mod a MTB for road?

Old 11-22-04, 10:25 PM
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Mod a MTB for road?

Buying a new bike, so I want to mod my rigid to be used as a road only bike(cheaply >$100). Aside from slick tires is there any other thing I can do to make it better on the road, can I get a pair of really cheap 26" road wheels, is that even possible? BTW: It weighs 30 Lbs.
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Old 11-23-04, 10:16 AM
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30-lbs. former mtb turned road bike, eh? Are you looking to shave weight on less than $100? Or just looking for ways to make it more road-worthy and less concern for weight?

I have a '97 Breezer Storm that was purchased for the sole purpose of commuting. I bought just the frame, fork and headset and rear cassette and used hand-me-down parts from my and my husband's mtb's to assemble it. So it has some pretty trick parts and, if I removed the extra-large toolkit I haul around, actually weighs less than may hardtail (helps that it has a rigid fork). I think the biggest difference that makes my bike more road-like than a mountain bike are the 1" slicks that I keep inflated to 100psi and the cassette in the back that allows for taller gears than a true mtb. Otherwise, it still maintains it's true mountain bike form: the crankset has a 46-tooth for the large chainring, I have straight handlebars with the gripshifters and bar ends and XT derailleurs. It still has the riding position of a mtb as I didn't use a tall stem. It gives me the more upright comfort of a mtb, but not as upright as a hybrid.

So, if $100 is your limit, I would suggest changing out your rear cassette or large chainring so you can have some taller gears and get some quality slicks that can inflate to 85-100 psi (the narrower, the better. I have 26" wheels so can only find 1" slicks).
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I have an MTB which I have modified for commuting.

1 inch slicks, a 12-25 road cassette, the big ring has been replaced with a 48.

The handlebars have been replaced with a set of Nitto bullhorns and I have bar-end shifters (ebay) on the bike.

Works like a charm.
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Old 11-25-04, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by XzEn54321
is there any other thing I can do to make it better on the road
I think that you need to define what exactly you mean by "better on the road".

Sport riding on nice smooth rural roads is one thing. Urban rides with questionable pavement and lots of broken glass is something else. Commuting to work and leaving your bike locked up in the same place every day is yet a third thing. Using it for short trips to the convenience store might be something else. Uh - how about riding around the park with the kids?

What's better for some uses might be counter productive for others. One inch tires and bullhorn handlebars might be cool, but you might not picture yourself riding bike like that. Half the fun of a project like this is thinking through exactly how you visualize yourself using the bike and then finding the right components to make it work for you.

Hey, it's only November. You've got three whole months to put this project together. Have fun with it!

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