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converting MTB to a roadbike(6 posts)

converting MTB to a roadbikeallan2
Jul 30, 2001 11:31 PM
Any thoughts on the above, maybe using some Modolo Morphos shifters/levers, some dropped bars and slick tyres. Would it work ? Would it be any good ? All comments good or bad would be greatly appreciated.
PS I am based in the UK
don't be StoooopidGenius
Jul 31, 2001 12:08 AM
Ignore the idiot...Dougal
Jul 31, 2001 12:19 AM
It would be a cheap way to get a bike that was perfectly usable on the road. Due to the geometry of your MtB frame, it may not be as comfy as a bike intended for road use, but you probably won't notice that except on longer rides (say 40miles and up).

What I personally would do is work out how much it would cost, then take that figure and see what kind of 2nd hand road bike you could get for that. Then, if you still fancy doing it, go for it.
People do it all the time9WorCP
Jul 31, 2001 5:18 AM
Just adding road slicks will go a long way to improving your speed. I don't kow that I'd fool w/ the drop bars and levers. You may want to consider clip on aero-bars instead since they will improve your speed w/out putting you through the hassle of fiddling w/ those Modolo levers. Plus you'll be able to convert the bike back to off-road status much quicker.

Depending on the bike you have, I think it would be an okay training rig since the road workouts tend to be more consistent. But, don't kid yourself this won't be no racing bike.
don't waste your poundsaiuto
Jul 31, 2001 5:26 AM
new and tires and that's it... otherwise sell it and get a real road bike
re: converting MTB to a roadbikemk_42
Jul 31, 2001 11:24 AM
This question come up quite a bit so try and search the archive for past answers. It's a solution if you're really tight on money but it won't be great. Depending if you're after the speed or the form:
If it's more speed you want get the tires. If it's form you want you will need new bars and probably a post. Consider bullhorn (tri) bars to get the "hoods" position. MUCH cheaper then trying to get STI shifters on a the bike. Keep in mind that the less you mix the better because the parts are made to not fit together (even 26mm road bar will stretch a MTB stem).