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Cross bike idea, good or bad?(4 posts)

Cross bike idea, good or bad?Captain Kona
Mar 16, 2003 6:27 PM
Hi all.

I have an idea for a cross bike, and would like anyone's opinion. I am a mountain biker, and am very new to the wonderful world of cross.

I am thinking of buying a 2003 Kona Dr. Dew and doing the following...
Drop bars, new wheelset, and replace the hydraulic disk's for a set of Avid ball bearing mechanical disk's. Wouldn't this be a great all-round bike?! I think it would be the greatest thing since the George Foreman grill. The Dew has essentially the same geometry as the Jake the Snake. I think it could work!

Please note, I am not a racer. This rig would be used for just about everything, except for crossing the finish line.

Most of you guys know a heck of a lot more than I do in regards to cyclo-cross, so I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Please be honest, I'm a big boy and you won't hurt my feelings.

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Guys do that kind of thing...timfire
Mar 16, 2003 9:04 PM
A while ago people on this board posted pics of their mountain bikes that they did that kind of thing to.

But my question is this: Why spend the money to buy a new bike + the money to then convert it, when you can just go out there and buy a normal 'cross bike that will have all the features you want for less money?

Like I said, guys DO convert MTB bikes into 'cross bikes by adding drop bars; but if you're buying a new bike I would think that buying a stock 'cross bike would just be more cost-effective.

ThanksCaptain Kona
Mar 17, 2003 5:01 AM
Thanks for the response.

The Dr.Dew isn't a mountain bike. It's essentially a Jake The Snake with flat bars. The geometry is the same, the only difference between the two is a slightly higher bottom bracket (on the Dr.Dew) and slightly longer chainstays (again, on the Dr.Dew.)Looking at the bike on the website though is deceptive, as it certainly does look like a mountain bike.

The reason I thought this bike would be a fun project is because of it's disk brakes. In my opinion it would be a wonderful all-round rig.

I do agree with you however, in terms of converting a mtn. bike to a has never made much sense to me.

Thanks again for your input.
Mar 17, 2003 4:39 PM
I had the same thoughts. I picked up a 2002 Dr. Dew on sale. I got a second set of wheels and put Ritchey Mount Cross tires on them. So, now I have a power commuter bike and with a wheel change a hybrid cross bike for the dirt trails and something I can ride around the block with the kids. That's a lot of versatility!