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Changing MTB to a cross bike?????(3 posts)

Changing MTB to a cross bike?????KMan1
Aug 31, 2001 11:51 AM
If I decide to change all my MTB components over to race Cross, what are must changes besides the tires.

What I would like to do is buy a used frame (with disc mounts & fork only (any recommendations) and just swap over all my mtb components. Want a new frame as currently am riding a full suspension Must I have a drop bar or can I use a flat bar.
Just trying to keep it inexpensive for my first year at attempting cross.

re: Changing MTB to a cross bike?????badabill
Aug 31, 2001 12:19 PM
If it was me I would find a good used cross bike. You can usually find them for less than $500. If this is to much look for a used hardtail , One with a rigid fork if possible. You can pick up just a frame fairly cheap and switch over what parts you need. A flat bar will work fine for starters. That will be enough to get you hooked on cross'n.
From what I understand...SS_MB-7
Aug 31, 2001 4:24 PM
...and trust me, I'm no expert in 'cross, you can use a converted MTB with flat bars at non-UCI cross races - UCI races require drop bars.

Since this is my first year riding/racing cross, I'm going to use a MTB with either Kenda Kwick 26 x 1.7" or Conti Cross Country 26 x 1.5" tires. If, after the season, I decide I like cross, then I'll invest in a "real" cross bike. If not, then I've lost nothing.

Here are some great links that I've come across recently (since I'm in the same boat as you): -- How to piece together a cross bike -- An excellent overview of cyclocross techniques -- Intro to cross

Ride Hard,
Mike B.