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possible to build a road bike using a mtb frame?(7 posts)

possible to build a road bike using a mtb frame?chanhoward
Feb 26, 2003 7:13 PM
Hi all,
was wondering if it is possible to build a road bike using a mtb frame? I have a year 97 tange Chromoly MTB Frame(was my first bike, love it and would like to throw it away).
Question is except for the different in geometry, will the frame be able to accept the road bike type side pull brake combo/700cc wheel combo? My frame will be able to accept the road bike type side pull brake.
Please advice
Howard C
You say it all when YOU say-"love to throw it away".nmthe bull
Feb 26, 2003 7:57 PM
wording mistake to my msgchanhoward
Feb 26, 2003 9:03 PM
apologies ,
it should be: "would not want to throw it away"
and not "would love to throw it away"
Please advise to my question as I am thinking of building up my old frame
the geometry IS the road bike. So no, you can't. nmBruno S
Feb 26, 2003 9:04 PM
Most upgrades don't make economic sense.Spoke Wrench
Feb 27, 2003 7:20 AM
This one's going to fall way, way over on the dark side. Don't buy the first piece because once you do, you'll find yourself in a cycle of throwing more good money after bad. Even if you succeed, you'll still lose because the completed bike won't be as good as you could have bought for the same amount of money.
Most chilling words a wrench hears:OldEdScott
Feb 27, 2003 8:07 AM
"I love the frame, and I was thinking ..."
Yup.Spoke Wrench
Feb 27, 2003 9:24 AM
Anything that comes after that is a pure lose/lose scenerio. What happens in real life is nothing just bolts up and you keep replacing different parts until you find a combination that works together. Then you shave the labor charges ridiculously to keep the bill from ballooning up too much. Eventually you don't make any money and the customer gets a crummy but pricy bike.

Your best bet is to say right at the start: "I don't want to touch it."

I actually had a customer bring a Schwinn Twinn to me that he wanted to modify. I told him not to bother bringing it into the shop, I'd look at it on the car rack. I thought that I'd dodged the bullet, but a couple of months later, working in a different location, guess what I found in the back room? I refused to touch it and made the guy who took it in struggle with that boat anchor.