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MTB cross bike?adventurefind
Feb 28, 2003 8:48 AM
Do any of you have mtb frame cross bikes? You know, mountain bike everything except for a drop bar and the normal cross setup? Got pictures?
Waterford to drool foradventurefind
Feb 28, 2003 8:49 AM
This is Sean's bike...drooling...
Feb 28, 2003 8:51 AM
This is Jake's Gunnar. Sweet! And he's straddling my Gunnar in the background. WI in California.
Feb 28, 2003 11:35 AM
Last year I took stock of my spare parts bin and realized I had close to enough parts for a cross bike. The problem was, I was lacking a spare 700c wheelset to use for the bike. When you add the cost of even a cheap wheelset to the cost of a cheap cross frame, it put it out of the range of what I wanted to spend. Afterall, these were spare parts I had, not anything great.

What I did have was an old mtb frame and wheelset that I could use. The frame was an old Univega db steel frame, complete with rack mounts and 3, yes 3, waterbottle mounts (seattube, downtube and bottom of downtube). The only thing that I purchased for it was a set of barcons ($20 used), tires (a set of 1.7 Vredesteins from nashbar $20) and handlebar (I usually toss handlebars when I replace them, add another $12 from nashbar for a 46 wide ergo bar).

I started out with a standard road stem, but that put the bars too low, so I swapped it out for a stem with 30-40 degree rise to it. Worked like a charm.

Haven't gotten to do any trail riding with it, but its worked great as a commuter, and respectably in cross type situations. I keep meaning to take a picture of it, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

Parts list:
Frame-Univega Alpina 5.1 db crmo
fork- 1" threaded crmo
shifters- ultegra barcon
fd- stx
rd- stx-rc
cassette- IG50 7sp 11-28
crank- rsx 110bcd double 46/36
bb- un26 110spindle
pedals- ritchey reds
chain- sachs I think
brake levers- old 105 (w/white hoods)
brakes- STX cantis
wheels- STX hubs/ Bontrage BCX3 rims
tubes- schrader
tires- Vredestein duocomp 1.7 or Avenir 1.5 slicks for commute/tour
seatpost- kalloy
saddle- Selle italia XO
Headset- tange threaded
stem- hi rise steel
bar- nashbar ergo 46
tape- padded foam

Despite the proliferation of STX parts on the bike, they actually came from a bunch of different sources.

Feb 28, 2003 12:08 PM
dang! please take a picture of it. Idid that to a GF Montare. I'll dig up the picture and post it here.
Kind of...does my 29"er count?2melow
Feb 28, 2003 3:46 PM
It now has drop bars. Oh how those big wheels roll...
re: MTB cross bike?1x1 Speed Craig
Mar 2, 2003 4:29 AM
Here's my 26" 'cross bike project on the cheap! I'm almost done with it. Total invested...$66.50 : )

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re: MTB cross bike?buffalosorrow
Mar 2, 2003 6:54 AM
yes, I built a mtb cross singlespeed for my girl.
-Aegis 16" frame, came with the replaceable track dropouts, and true ss. ebay.
- Wood/ bontrager mustang flip flop wheelset, from webcyclery, I got a good price on the rims, scratched. yeah the hubs are jewerly, but what the hell. Now the rear rim is a mavic 517, she was hit by a car. A steel frame would have bent, bombproof aegis carbon fiber.
-truvative ss cranks, webcyclery.
-custom rigid fork from deeside cycles uk, has been mistaken for an IF from a shop. It's that nice a 1/2 the price.
-avid 2.0 brakes and levers. I would like to get canti's, no rush.
-kore stem and flat bar, upside down to get 80 degree rise, ebay.
-Selcof seatpost, specialized seat.
-ritchey crossbite 1.4" tires, discontinued, webcyclery
-ritchey ahead 1" hs, used trade.
-Spare set of Conti crosscountry tires, shop messed up big time and got them for free.

before the new fork the bike weighed 22lbs, after I cut 2lbs. If I can convince her to race this comming season. I will spot her a new custom graham weigh 26" cross, campy equiped.

I have a lot of money invested in the wheelset, but otherwise the frame, fork and components were relativity inexpensive. Thanks to webcyclery, with a kit discount.

She blows peoples minds, as it is rode fix gear. Fix MTB= confusion. lol
IF 26" club racerbuffalosorrow
Mar 2, 2003 7:00 AM
Looking trough the IF website, I came across their small sized club racer. 26" wheels, canti/ v posts. What holds this from being a sweet small cross bike?

If I build a small custom, their idea is decent.
Mar 2, 2003 7:05 AM
you just wait and see. I am building a ss Bontrager and I still can't decide wether to buy a Salsa bell lap bar, or use my moustache bar for it. SS with a rear dir. for tension. Should be good. I'll post pictures once it is finished.
what size bell lap?buffalosorrow
Mar 2, 2003 6:19 PM
I want to swap one of my bell laps , cant decide...
I have a 46 o-t-o and 44 o-t-o, if you need bars?
Mar 2, 2003 6:56 PM
email me please!
I built a 'cross bike from an old Manitou HT framefloatch
Mar 5, 2003 11:45 AM
I rode a Manitou HT mountainbike frame for a long time, and when the headtube cracked, I thought it was done. I took it apart, sent the frame to be repaired by some shoddy welder in Georgia (I think), and when I got it back I didn't know what to do with it.
A year or more later of the frame sitting on my floor brought me the idea of building a 'cross/townie bike with the frame. I put on some old MTB wheels, some tiagra STI's, an OLD cruddy aluminum bar they had kicking around at the shop, and rode that thing all over the country on a camping trip last summer.
I'd stop in a local shop to talk or get a bottle wherever I was travelling, and they'd always tell me how cool it was. Good luck!