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Old 07-27-18, 04:31 PM
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Neko drop bar/ridged fork conversion

Iíve been shopping new bikes. Iíve only had my Neko for a year but itís just not right for me anymore. Iíve been shopping gravel, most of the lower price point ones have mechanical disk brakes and I canít stand the feel of them compared to my Nekoís hydraulic. It has occurred to me I may be spending a bundle of money simply to get drop bars and a rigid suspension fork when I like almost everything else about the bike.

What do you think? Is it worth converting over buying. I know the frame geometry is different but I also know some of you have converted your dual sport to drop bars. The two bikes Iím looking at now are the Checkpoint 4 and the Giant GX1. Even selling my Neko Iím looking at $1000 or more. Iím not very mechanically inclined with the bike, although Iím trying to learn. Iím willing go the YouTube route but Iíd probably be paying someone to do a lot of the work.

What components would you recommend? What kind of fork should I look for? Could I do the fork first and the drops later if I wanted to break it out? Any other information youíd care to give me would be appreciated.
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Old 07-27-18, 05:08 PM
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I think your hydraulic drop bar options are more limited. There certainly do exist hydraulic drop bar brifters (brake/shifters), but yes, they will be very spendy. I think mechanical disc brakes are often favored with "gravel" or "adventure" bikes because of their perceived reliability. You can replace a cable out in the field a lot easier than fixing a hydraulic line issue. I don't have enough long distance touring experience to know whether this should be a significant point, but I do join you in really enjoying hydraulic brakes. I'm shopping MTBs, and I will convert anything I buy to hydraulic if it isn't already (I'm not going whole hog on this thing, just stepping into it, so I'm often finding cable discs). I'm sure premium cable discs work and feel better than cheap ones, but I don't think either really compare to hydraulic in terms of feel and power and modulation.
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
I think your hydraulic drop bar options are more limited. There certainly do exist hydraulic drop bar brifters (brake/shifters), but yes, they will be very spendy. I think mechanical disc brakes are often favored with "gravel" or "adventure" bikes because of their perceived reliability. You can replace a cable out in the field a lot easier than fixing a hydraulic line issue. I don't have enough long distance touring experience to know whether this should be a significant point, but I do join you in really enjoying hydraulic brakes. I'm shopping MTBs, and I will convert anything I buy to hydraulic if it isn't already (I'm not going whole hog on this thing, just stepping into it, so I'm often finding cable discs). I'm sure premium cable discs work and feel better than cheap ones, but I don't think either really compare to hydraulic in terms of feel and power and modulation.
Oh interesting. I didnít know the reasoning there but that makes sense. I even looked at a carbon option from Liv that had mechanical disk which surprised me. I rode a CrossRip 2 today and it was definitely more budget friendly but I just couldnít stand the pull on the brakes.
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Old 07-27-18, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Brooke1687 View Post
It has occurred to me I may be spending a bundle of money simply to get drop bars and a rigid suspension fork when I like almost everything else about the bike.
Replacing the fork with a rigid one and converting to drops is quite significant change.

Originally Posted by Brooke1687 View Post
What do you think? Is it worth converting over buying. I know the frame geometry is different but I also know some of you have converted your dual sport to drop bars. The two bikes Iím looking at now are the Checkpoint 4 and the Giant GX1. Even selling my Neko Iím looking at $1000 or more. Iím not very mechanically inclined with the bike, although Iím trying to learn. Iím willing go the YouTube route but Iíd probably be paying someone to do a lot of the work.
In this case not worth it. Buy a new one. If you did it to learn wrenching and transition to doing mechanical work yourself, then maybe. In that case you could transfer some parts to a new build at some point in the future.
You can find entry level gravel bikes for <1000$, but those will not be 10 speed nor will they have hydraulic brakes.

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What components would you recommend? What kind of fork should I look for? Could I do the fork first and the drops later if I wanted to break it out? Any other information youíd care to give me would be appreciated.
Yes, you can change the fork first and convert to drop bars later. You should look for a "suspension corrected" fork which will have longer axle to crown measurement.
As hokiefyd said, hydraulic brifters are not cheap. AFAIK, Shimano makes them in 10 or 11 speed only. Your Neko probably is not 10 speed, and that means swapping the whole drivetrain: cassette, chain, FD, RD. You might be able to keep the crankset. Add labor cost to this...
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