- Anyone converted their mtb in a crosser ?? …. ie drop bars,skinny tyres etc ?
- Captain PugwashMember
I’ll be honest I don’t think it would work, wrong geometry and the money you’d spend converting it you could throw a couple more quid in and get one of these.Posted 4 years agoMrNiceMember
I am guilty of having done this to a beautiful Dave Yates fillet brazed MTB frame once. Like the Captain said, it was the wrong geometry and just didn’t work with drop bars. It was terrible to ride. Maybe a 29er MTB would be ok, but a 90s 26er was just wrong.
not to mention the fact it made even my commuter bike look like a thing of beauty…Posted 4 years agoWaderiderMember
I’ve got an old Orange Gringo with a set of Kona Project II’s, running drop bars and 9 speed Tiagra shifters. It’s my winter bike, has a set of Marathon winters on it.
Lovely riding adaptable bike. I prefer it now to back in the day when it was my leading MTB with an XT/Hope/Pace build.
Geometry, what?…..how does it ride? I just put a shorter stem on it.Posted 4 years agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
I had a Karate Monkey with an Alfine hub. It was a nice bike but didn’t really get the 29er off road thing.
As I already had a mountain bike and thought 29ers really weren’t all that much, I converted it into a road bike with drop bars, Versa shifters for the Alfine etc.
I loved it but the frame really wasn’t long enough in that guise so I put all the bits onto a Croix de Fer frame instead, it is mint!Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
I have. Soma Sparrow bars, SS and 26″ Conti cross tyres. Not yet swapped the forks. I was thinking of going with a set of 700c wheels and fork, but have yet to check the geometry with a spare set if forks I have. Finding 26″ cross tyres is not easy. Conti wire been was the only option I could source.Posted 4 years ago
TiRed – Member
I have. Soma Sparrow bars, SS and 26″ Conti cross tyres. Not yet swapped the forks. I was thinking of going with a set of 700c wheels and fork, but have yet to check the geometry with a spare set if forks I have. Finding 26″ cross tyres is not easy. Conti wire been was the only option I could source.
Had never heard of sparrow bars, look interesting !Posted 4 years ago
Mine is 26″ and have some conti cross tyres, all i need now is some midge bars and some bb7`s and should be good to go ….. not sure how short a stem to go with ?
I’ve got an old 29er inbred with sliding dropouts that has me wondering about this. It’s a little short on the top tube length for me. Do you think it would be a good candidate? Anyone done anything similar to an inbred that could share pictures?
Built up with a 450mm fork which is too short really. I was after a Fargo/gryphon type thing but to get the bars high enough would require a an ugly stack of spacers. So it’s more like a fat tyred cx instead. It’s good though and if I can find a 9sp mech I’ll put some gears on it when the weather picks up. Also longer forks as it flops into corners a bit at the mo.Posted 4 years agoantigeeMember
road this for a couple of years and a lot of miles picked the frame up off ebay for less than £30 and everything except the froggleggs 2nd hand – geometry fine for me but doubt if ever had suspension – the converter to run canti’s with 700c wheels weighed more than the framePosted 4 years ago
It’s actually a sample. Like the original steel inbred fork but with tapered legs and only 450mm A-C whereas the 29er should have 470mm. I’m getting a longer one next time I see Brant. People seem to use the singular forks happily or a carbon one which would save some grammes – that one weighs loads.Posted 4 years ago
It’s good. I’ve got a CX bike and had a bike fit on that last year so I’ve used that as a basis for the position but with the saddle slightly lower and the cockpit a bit shorter, more MTB like I guess. I’ve also got a Pompino with Midge bars and I think I’ve set them up better on this. Riding in the drops is fine, more stretched than I imagine a Gryphon would be but less than a CX bike. On One actually made a prototype adventure bike and the short forks are from that.
Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
I went with (inverted) Soma Sparrow bars as I needed 25.4mm to retain the hydraulic brakes. They are a bit like Midge bars. I also needed a 11/8″ to 25.4 stem. This is 100mm and I had it for other duties. The reach and drop on my Genesis ioid is fine for me and feels like my rode bike. I use Ergon grips not bar tape.
Handles fine. New forks is a cheaper option than 700c disk wheels, but tyre selection is nil!
Ride is great.Posted 4 years agoBruise WilliesMember
I run my Surly KM with monster bars and a 60mm stem, means my position after a fit is perfect and I am huge.
It works lovely!Posted 4 years ago
That’s really nice! Just wondering about the se-up there? What size is that and how tall are you?
I built up a Kona Koa couple of years ago as a CX type bike, with pretty much the same results. Too long, too low, ended up riding on the top all the time.
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