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conversion to 'cross - worthwhile?(5 posts)

conversion to 'cross - worthwhile?cross wanna be
Aug 15, 2001 6:59 AM
I've got a Trek 700 hybrid that I'm considering "converting" to a cross bike. I checked the frame geometry to Trek's cross bikes and they're almost identical. My conversion would consist of new handlebars and shifters, possible upgraded drivetrain. It's got 700 x 38 tires now. Would there be other things that need attention that I'm not thinking about? Is it worth the $$ or should I just buy a "true" cross bike.

Also, need some sites to find 'cross events in the NE Florida area.
why new bars?climbo
Aug 15, 2001 9:39 AM
you can use a flat bar if that's what's on it, just no bar ends.
why new bars?cross wanna be
Aug 15, 2001 11:35 AM
The bike currently has "gull wing" bars; all of the 'cross bikes I've seen have the standard road bike bars on them. Do people ride 'cross w/ flat bars? I've never actually seen a 'cross event so I'm really in the dark here.

What about components? I'm sure what I've got is entry level stuff.

Thanks for your comments
why new bars?climbo
Aug 15, 2001 12:26 PM
as long as you have no bar ends you can ride whatever you like and, yes, some people run flat bars on thier CX bikes and some run weird types of moustache bars also. As for components, I'd say that unless you are serious enough to want a "proper" CX bike, leave it how it is. You shouldn't waste cash on better components just to find out that you want a proper and lighter CX frame. Save up for that great bike next year and it'll be worth your while if you still love CX next year.
why new bars?Jan Gerrit Klok = "TUFO-man"
Aug 15, 2001 10:05 PM
I did my first cross season on an MTB with 700c wheels and a cut short straight bar. Ideal to do cross on the bike I knew so well, and learn what cross is all about. The difference in terms of speed is not great, you just get a good taste of the sport.