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Converting MTB for Cyclocross(2 posts)

Converting MTB for CyclocrossGraphics Buddha
Jul 20, 2001 5:30 AM
Since moving to Chicago 2 years ago, I've only been able to spend about 2 days in the dirt. So I started looking for new bike for hard-core city riding. I considered a new road bike, but then it struck me that a cross bike is a perfect city machine. Anyway a quick check revealed that my Trek mtb's frame geometry is almost identical to Trek's cyclo-x bike. So I figured why not save some cash, and turn my mtb into a cross style city-bike. I know I won't have a the speed advantage of 700c wheels, but I'm ok with that.

Anyway, I have a set of drop handlebars, and thin-ish road tires, but what about shifters and brake levers?
Can you get drop-style brake levers for v-brakes? Also, can I get bar-con shifters for a Deore LX 24-speed set up? Or better yet, since I'm not racing, can I get a STI brake levers/shifters that will work with v-brakes and a triple crank?

Is there anything else I'm missing that would be usefull for this conversion?
re: Converting MTB for CyclocrossAndy in Wi
Jul 21, 2001 4:27 PM
Yes you can get aero brake levers that work with Vee's. Dia compe makes some. BUT if you want to go with non-V compatible levers, problem solvers does have the travel agent, which will allow you to move more brake line with less pull. STI levers should be availible in a Triple version, but bar-end thumbies will allow flexability in the since that A) if the shifter or the brake lever becomes nuked, no prob. With STI, you bust it, you have to get both at a high price.
B) Thumbies allow you to use magura hs-66s, if that's your thing.
But still, that's up to you. Tiagra/105 is availible in triple/8spd while ultegra/dura-ace is availible in triple/9.
In all reality, you can be cheap and daring (stupid) like me and just use the levers straight up.
Oh, get fenders for the winter and a rack.