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Help me turn my road bike into a Cross Bike!(5 posts)

Help me turn my road bike into a Cross Bike!Dman
Dec 19, 2001 9:03 PM
I got a junker Trek 1000 that hasn't been used since I got my Le Mond Buenos Aires. It has an aluminum frame, rigid steel fork, triple up front, 8 in the back, Vuelta Airlines wheelset, and a bunce of generic cockpit crap. What do I need to do to turn this into a Cross Bike. Do I just need to get a higher rise stem and some Cross tires. Do I need a wheelset with wider rims? HELP!
depends on how far you want to take itbn
Dec 20, 2001 5:18 AM
try these links-
Dec 20, 2001 5:27 AM
depends on how far you want to take itskidmarks
Jan 15, 2002 8:20 AM
I've got some newbie questions about road to cyclo-cross conversion.

I'm curious if its enough to just exchange the slicks for knobbies, provided it has enough clearance on the frame and fork.

Also, I noticed that if you buy a new cyclo-cross bike, many come with a mix of road drive train components in the front with mountain bike components in the rear. Can someone explain the benefits of this to a newbie. And is it that dramatic.

Also, are cantilever brakes a necessity for trails?

I am asking these questions because I would like to buy a road bike and keep slicks on most of the time. And I'm hoping I can just switch the wheels out and take it on some light trails. I'm also probably never going to race cyclo-cross.

thanks guys.
re: Help me turn my road bike into a Cross Bike!jrm
Dec 22, 2001 7:49 AM
Hummm..) 0 degree stem, fatties, new outter 46T ring. IMO make it a SS while your at it.