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Old 11-12-12, 11:06 AM
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Not sure of the direction I want to take my MTB/hybrid

Many of y'all have seen my ongoing thread I started here when I first got back into cycling in April/May of this year, when I first joined BF. Link is in the sig below. It started out as a n00b questions thread, but then became sort of my running journal "build" thread for converting my 90's era KHS hardtail MTB into something more street worthy since I have preferred road riding all along and that was the only bike I had.

Well, now I have a true road bike. I plan to keep the KHS around for pulling the kid trailer and such, but now I'm starting to get the itch to do some real MTB off-road trail riding, especially after some people at a recent group ride asked me if I rode MTB's. I'd like to give it a try with them on some trails, but my bike isn't set up that way at this time, though I do still have the 26x2.1 MTB tires and RockShox suspension fork if I do want to go back.

I have been thinking of doing a front disc conversion since my rigid fork will accent a disc brake caliper, along with a caliper brake on the rear for a complete 700c/29er conversion. But of course then I would have to stay with the rigid fork since the suspension fork I have doesn't have disc provisions.

I don't know, I guess I'm just in a pickle decided what I want to do with it. After getting fitted to my road bike, I discovered just how extremely too low the saddle always was on the KHS, but couldn't raise it since the old seat post was cut off. Well now I just got a new seat post last weekend and now the KHS seems to fit me quite well despite the small 17" frame (road bike is a 56cm frame).

The obvious answer would seem to be n+1 and all that, but I'm still paying for the road bike and most definitely cannot afford a 3rd bike. I need to get a bike for my wife before I could even think about another bike for myself. So I don't know, what would y'all do?
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
The obvious answer would seem to be n+1 and all that, but I'm still paying for the road bike and most definitely cannot afford a 3rd bike. I need to get a bike for my wife before I could even think about another bike for myself. So I don't know, what would y'all do?
I just checked your previous thread about hybridizing the KHS. It looked good for mountain riding before you changed it. Change it back, assuming you kept the parts. Get some tires that are slick in the center knobby on the outside and go for it. Depending on the off road conditions, I would rather have a suspension fork than disc brakes. When money frees up, re-assess. And if your wife needs a bike, do that first as well!
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I just checked your previous thread about hybridizing the KHS. It looked good for mountain riding before you changed it. Change it back, assuming you kept the parts. Get some tires that are slick in the center knobby on the outside and go for it. Depending on the off road conditions, I would rather have a suspension fork than disc brakes. When money frees up, re-assess. And if your wife needs a bike, do that first as well!
Thing is, though, I kinda like it the way it is for more leisurely on-road riding. I took the new road bike on a "social" group ride this past weekend, and honestly I didn't like it as much. Wearing the special cycling shorts (under cargo shorts, though), having to wear special shoes and clip in/out, hard to walk around off the bike, all that stuff makes me think I'd probably take the KHS instead on future group rides such as those.

I guess I need to wait until I can get more of a true hybrid bike before changing this one back to MTB status, or leave it the way it is and get a better MTB in the future for trail riding, if I decide I want to get into it.

I guess I could just switch it back and see how I like trail riding, and then put it back to its current state if I want to. All I need is a new CK fork crown race ring for the other fork and then I'll be able to swap forks relatively easily.
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Simple answer is put your old mtb tires back on, that's all you can do with this frame then hit the trails. If you really need suspension "don't think you do use lower pressures" then you still have your old fork.
If you put 29er wheels on your going even further down the hybrid path and it'll never work as a mtb. Sure you can at the front with the rigid fork and a disc brake but it'll never work at the rear, the chain stays will be too narrow to fit anything bigger than a 35c Cyclocross tire "if that" and especially not if you put a caliper at the seat stay bridge, there wont be any clearance for small stones/mud at any of the stays.
I,m actually having similar thoughts, my bike frame is for 26inch wheels and i'm using 29er wheels but with disc brakes and 35c is as big as I can go with some clearance, it works perfect as a hybrid and I love it but I do want a mtb. So i'm having thoughts about getting some 26inch wheels and suspension fork or I could get a 29er frame and fork. I'm using the time not being able to ride now to think this over carefully.
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