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Old 03-19-11, 12:33 PM
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Hey guys, I have a quick question. I own a surly steamroller, but I'm in need of a mountain bike. I don't really have the resources for a new bike, so I'm considering modifying the steamroller... It accepts pretty big wheels on my rear triangle, so I'm thinking of replacing my current hard front fork with a suspensioned front fork. I know it's a tough frame, and I'm pretty attached to it, so I don't really want to sell it; however, I'm not sure if this is a good idea or something doomed to get me killed. Input?
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Old 03-19-11, 04:44 PM
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Anyone interested in taking bets on how long his headtube is attached to his frame and his teeth are attached to his face? I say two hours of technical singletrack.
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Old 03-19-11, 05:09 PM
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You'll be fine, those frames are built like tanks. Get a Rockshox Totem and you'll be good to go.
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Old 03-19-11, 07:59 PM
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If you're serious, and not trolling...forget getting a mtb fork and modding it. The frame geometry is all wrong for that sort of thing anyhow. Run as fat a tire combo front and rear as you can with what you have, and save up for a real mtb.
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Old 03-19-11, 08:34 PM
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Maybe better explain why you are in need of a mountain bike first. What kind of trails and riding are you planning on doing?
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Old 03-19-11, 09:23 PM
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I used to take my steel road bike onto the local trails consisting mostly of compact dirt, roots, and gravel. It's actually a good ride, and the mountain bike folks give you a thumbs up. With wide knobby tires, you could probably do a lot of beginner trails. As far as a fork; I would just get a modern carbon cyclocross fork and call it a day.
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I used to take my steel road bike onto the local trails consisting mostly of compact dirt, roots, and gravel. It's actually a good ride, and the mountain bike folks give you a thumbs up. With wide knobby tires, you could probably do a lot of beginner trails. As far as a fork; I would just get a modern carbon cyclocross fork and call it a day.
I would just put the biggest tires that fit on it and call it a day. Save the money you would spend for a new fork in case you decide you want a more dedicated off road bike down the road.
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I'm beginning to think it's a better idea to just save up or trade. I'm not interested in losing any teeth, I was just looking for a temporary fix. I'm going to CO for the summer and I expect to spend a lot of time on the trails, I just wanted something to get started on so I could have an idea of what I wanted in a dedicated off road bike.
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