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Old 06-04-11, 07:35 PM
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Next upgrade?

Hey, everyone. I'm in the process of hybridizing my specialized hardrock disc. So far all I have done is put a set of serfas drifter survivor tires on it. Made a HUGE difference over the stock ones on the street. I've quickly realized that I care a lot less about riding trails and offroad than I thought so I'd like to optimize it for the road some more. After tires, in your opinion what is the next most important upgrade? It's a hardtail with a suspension fork. The stiffest preload setting still seems too soft for me, and others have suggested just going with a solid fork...but the roads I ride are crappy, and the last non suspension bike I rode was a bmx bike with big knobbies on it so I dont have any basis for comparison for what this thing would be like with a different fork. Any ideas or input? My main goals are more speed, I guess.

In retrospect I probably should have bought a road bike. But I grew up riding mountain bikes, this was a good deal, and I buy things on impulse. Though, I like the idea of being able to just swap parts back if I want to go mountain biking so there's that.

If I were to go to a rigid fork, should I get cromo, aluminum, or what?

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Old 06-04-11, 08:34 PM
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Chrome-moly, or carbon fiber if you can afford it.
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Would this one be any good?

https://cgi.ebay.com/MOSSO-Carbon-Alu...ht_3346wt_1139

and what do they mean by suspension corrected?
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Old 06-05-11, 07:11 AM
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Suspension corrected means you can use it to replace a suspension fork without significantly altering the bike's geometry.

I've never heard of Mosso, but it looks like a beautiful fork at an attractive price.
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Ok, that makes sense. The price seems WAY too cheap compared to any other carbon fork, though. Gotta find some reviews on that thing.

When they talk axle to crown length, where's the crown?
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You could bring your handlebars in line with your shoulder width & tighten up your stance a little bit for almost nothing and/or consider clipping pedals.

I'm not sure if "clipping pedals" is proper terminology.

My older bike is a similar project. If I get it replaced with another true off-roader at some point, I will probably swap the handlebars for drops/bull horns just for kicks.
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Why not get a reasonably priced hybrid and sell the Hardrock? Or, get a road based Hyrid and keep the Hardrock for MTB'ing?
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Originally Posted by wcHHMiB6
Why not get a reasonably priced hybrid and sell the Hardrock? Or, get a road based Hyrid and keep the Hardrock for MTB'ing?
Only have room/money/time for one bike. And its just more fun to make something my own even if it isnt perfect.

So handlebars are pretty cheap? Mine do seem too narrow.
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I think cranky's suggesting you cut your existing bars to shoulder width which is a bad idea. The center of your grips can be shoulder width apart, no closer! This adds five inches to your bars, more if you have bar ends. Let's say shoulder width plus six inches. You can always make your bars narrower, you can never widen them.

I like his suggestion to consider clipless pedals.

I'd probably go for a steel fork if I was replacing a suspension fork with a rigid one.

Something understated. That Mosso will make the rest of your bike look cheap. Lipstick on a pig to quote next president Palin.
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Sorry about that, by 'shoulder width' I meant riding stance - not chopping the bars so far your hands form a 'V' when you ride. Even with chopped bars, I still ride with my hands's a little out from my shoulder. You will miss the extra width if you frequently stand out of the saddle (mud, hills, ect.)...but if squeezing through tight spaces while riding, carrying, or storing your bike in the city is your priority its something to consider.
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I replaced my suspension fork on my 2010 Marin San Rafael with this https://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...3&category=703. $60+$2.99 shipping.

It rides much smoother than my locked out suspension fork. The forks are tapered and curved, and offer a lot of give. It was a good upgrade.

The forks are measured from the axle to about where it disappears into the head tube. Mine was exactly 470mm, locked out. Bike tracks better now as well, because the different rake increased my trail a little.

Happy riding,
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