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Road Components on MTB framerotary
Jun 7, 2003 5:42 AM
I've decided to transform a spare steel frame into an asphault rider. Question is, do most 8 or 9 speed road components work well with MTB stuff? For instance, I'll be using 26" wheels with something like a "Tom Slick" for tires and am not sure what drive train components to use. I would like the bigger chain rings/smaller cogs typical of a road bike. Do I need to go with road components? Will a mix of road and MTB components work? Are there any issues that anyone knows of with this kind of conversion?

Thanks in Advance!
re: Road Components on MTB frameruger9
Jun 7, 2003 6:23 AM
If you're talking about using drops bars, you're talking about an ENTIRELY new shifting system, levers, derailleurs, cassette & rings... that's a chucnk of change for a conversion. I have on old hardtail MTB I was going to do this to, but I'd rather save the $300 it'll cost me & put that towards a decent $800-$1000 road bike. I just put semi-slicks on my MTB- thinner ones- and I ride it on the road. Works fine. I call it "paying my dues" until I can jump on a 21 lb roadie! By then I should be able to fly up the hills.
re: Road Components on MTB framerotary
Jun 7, 2003 6:32 AM
Yeah, I thought about that too, lots of dough to change bars/shifters and all. So I decided to stick with MTB shifters and brakes and just try to make the actual drive train itself more "road" like.
re: Road Components on MTB frameruger9
Jun 7, 2003 8:36 AM
Why? The MTB drivetrain & gearing would be fine for the riding your describing. I use a 7-speed MTB drive train...44/32/22 up front, 11-28 (I think) in the back, and it's fine for road riding- I've never out-pedalled my big ring. Before you spend any money, just ride it like it is for awhile, then ask yourself if there's a reason to change.

I do plan on getting a road bike for my road riding, but upgrade money could be better spent on a new bike, instead of upgrading the MTB to be more road like. Altho new tires (slicks or semi-slicks of some kind, skinnier) are a HUGE difference.
re: Road Components on MTB framerotary
Jun 7, 2003 9:19 AM
You Sir, are absolutley correct! I think I will just get some slicks and fly with what I have for time being and wait for that Allez frameset.

Interesting username, "ruger" as in Sturm Ruger?
re: Road Components on MTB frameruger9
Jun 7, 2003 9:59 AM
Yep. P-89.
re: Road Components on MTB framerotary
Jun 7, 2003 10:21 AM
Nice pistol, I have a P-85 and a P-90DC.
re: Road Components on MTB frameruger9
Jun 7, 2003 11:23 AM
P-90...45 cal. Big gun. I've always wanted the KP944D (40 cal) but spend too much $$ on bike stuff!
re: Road Components on MTB frameruger9
Jun 7, 2003 11:19 AM
Yep. P-89.