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road bike to' cross conversion...bad idea?(11 posts)

road bike to' cross conversion...bad idea?venga venga venga
Dec 2, 2003 12:46 PM
i have a litespeed siena w/ti stays so i am assuming it is sturdy and durable enough to withstand the punishment. of course i would change out the fork and run cantis but could i still run dual pivot brakes in the rear. would there be enough clearance or am i dreaming. i have campy 53x39 with a mtb cassette 12-32 on old mavic K's. i suppose i should get a triple or at least a compact double right?

would my frame's geo, 73ht angle and 74 st angle, be too aggressive?

does anyone run manitou's road suspension fork?

really, this conversion is so i can ride the trails rather than doing any 'cross races.
re: road bike to' cross conversion...bad idea?richpierce
Dec 2, 2003 1:34 PM
you're dreaming. Not enough clearance, BB too low, too aggressive angles, too big.
re: road bike to' cross conversion...bad idea?snwbdrhoon
Dec 2, 2003 6:24 PM
hmmm... depending on the trails...

i'd say that you could probably use a road bike for dry races, but not sure about as a trail bike. i won't say you can't do it though.

my favorite dirt trail bike was my old Trek 5200. when i was training in CT some of the rides would go from pavement to dirt road to badly maintained dirt road back to pavement and that bike shined, even with the skinny road tires.

i say go for it! you may have some mud problems, but a lot of people run a lower profile rear tire (think mtn bikers or the ever popular michelin mud front, spring rear combo).

personally, i'd say sell your siena frame on eBay or through the classifieds and take that $$$ with the $$$ you were going to spend on cantis and fork on buying a cross bike.

just my opinion, but if you want to create a frankenbike, go for it!
just curious...jtferraro
Dec 2, 2003 9:18 PM
where in CT did you train? Speaking of the TREK OCLV's, did you ever see that old Nike commercial where Lance tries to lose the peleton by going down a dirt path and actually doing some mtb'ing? It's a good one! I actually have a 5500 but wouldn't think of taking it off road! ;-)

great commercialatpjunkie
Dec 3, 2003 12:38 AM
but with convenient cx bike switch. gotta love editing. for the price you could get for the Sienna frame you could take all that $$ and buy a cx bike on ebay.
re: just curious...snwbdrhoon
Dec 3, 2003 5:15 AM
Northeastern CT, where CT, MA and NY meet. There were some rides that had some bumpy dirt roads. I definitely never took my 5200 into the woods, but as I said, if he was looking only for dirt road riding he could do it.

Yah, that's a great commercial. They eBay'd the cross bikes from it a while ago... All X0-1's.
re: just curious...jtferraro
Dec 3, 2003 7:29 AM
I *think* you may have meant "Northwestern" CT if you were close to NY. If so, Litchfield County is a beautiful area! I bet OCLV120 wouldn't be bad for cx. Hmm...maybe TREK should come out w/another, higher-end, cx bike!

Interesting that TREK ebay'd the X0-1's from that commercial. Any idea for how much they sold for? Probably 3x their MSRP?

re: just curious...snwbdrhoon
Dec 4, 2003 5:15 PM
sorry i always get my compass points confused. that's why i always get lost me thinks.

actually some of the bikes went for pretty cheap. i can't remember if they were associated with LAF or what. the "lance" one went for a lot and the associated 5500, but the others went for a bit under MSRP.
re: just curious...snwbdrhoon
Dec 4, 2003 5:16 PM
oh yah. and aegis and calfee make some sweet carbon 'cross frames. i don't know why trek doesn't make one. oh wait, i do.... not enough $$$ to justify the cost: damn, that would be sweet.
re: just curious...Chris T
Dec 3, 2003 8:53 AM
Great commercial, I agree, since it was, as far as I know, in my neighbourhood (North Vancouver). If you do a search for Armstrong at, you'll find out more about the actual riders involved in the off-road portion. I didn't think LA did a lot of skinny, slick log rides!

there's no way i'm getting rid of the litespeed...venga venga venga
Dec 4, 2003 10:12 AM
...i just got it and love it so it's going nowhere, for a while at least ;)

i'm pretty much thinking smooth fire roads and single track so maybe i'll have to search out the right tires for clearance at the back. with a new cross fork, i should have no prob with clearance up front.