|Advice? Comparing current converted MTB to a road bike...||Sandbox|
Apr 15, 2003 10:07 PM
I currently have a Avanti competitor pro 1998 MTB. I have replaced the rock shock fork with a stiff fork, the MTB tires to road 1 inch tires, and have replaced the largest chain ring to a 47. The whole bike weights about 8 kgs. I have had this for 2 years and have been quite satisfied with it, until now.
I am currently thinking about "investing" in a road bike, perhaps a cannondale R1000, or if I save up a bit more, a Trek 5200.
My question is: what would be the difference that I can expect from my new investment?
|Take a test ride. nm,.||PaulNYC|
Apr 15, 2003 10:10 PM
|It depends on what you plan on using your new bike for...||timfire|
Apr 15, 2003 10:38 PM
|If you only plan on commuting, or doing short rides (under 20-30 miles), all at slower speeds (under 20mph) then sorry to say, but you won't get much back for your investment.
A road bike will probably be a little lighter, and you probably will have a lower position which will mean a slight increase in speed. You will defintely *feel* faster, but at slower speeds it's really about the engine and not the bike.
However, if you plan on getting into longer, faster riding, then a roadbike is the way to go. A roadbike will be more comfortable over longer distances (given that you're properly set-up on the bike). Also, speaking in more general terms, you will have more top end speed due to larger wheels and chainrings (whether you will *need* the speed is another story). Also, roadbikes tend to have steeper angle which means quicker steering.
And one other thing: Road-stuff on the whole tends to be more expensive than MTB stuff, so plan on spending more money on your bike.
|It depends on what you plan on using your new bike for...||divve|
Apr 16, 2003 5:36 AM
|I agree with most of what you wrote except for the last part. MTB stuff is definitely more expensive, especially when you're talking top of the line full suspension.|
|I'll give you that...||timfire|
Apr 16, 2003 8:52 PM
|I was thinking about low-end stuff, but you're right. I know that high-end MTB stuff gets up there.
|I did the same...then bought a road bike...||jtferraro|
Apr 16, 2003 5:36 AM
|Last year I kinda converted my mtb to a road bike by purchasing new Velomax lightweight (wheels w/nice hubs!), and 1" tires. Fortunately, my suspension locks out, so I kept it locked out for road use. My position on this bike is very "road-like" too, as the bar is much lower than the seat. Oh, and I also bought a new crankset b/c I wanted a nice stiff & efficient transfer of my energy. The large chainring on the new crankset was also larger than the existing large chainring. Oh...and I had to go buy a computer to keep track of the miles, speed, etc. Bike New York - The Great 5 Boro Tour is what got me so interested in road biking, although I knew it was always a repressed interest of mine! ;-) I then did 2 centuries on the mtb. The first w/1.2" tires, the second w/the 1" tires. During this time I was researching road bikes, visiting shops, etc. I finally bought my road bike in the fall - late Oct/early Nov. Unfortunately, I haven't logged many miles on it yet. I just started commuting to work again on the mtb. As others have said, here are the advantages of the road bike:
1.) much lighter
2.) larger gears/chainrings/cassette = faster speeds
3.) larger diameter wheels = faster speeds
4.) geometry more conducive to aerodynamics and long ride comfort
...and I know there are a few more I'm forgetting.
Also, like you, I was considering a Cannondale and a TREK. The C'dale R2000 or the TREK 5200. I actually ended up getting a real good deal on a left over '01 TREK framset that my LBS built up w/DA! =)
Go for it!
|Yup, Frankenbike all you want, but a Roadie is a Roadie. nm||Spunout|
Apr 16, 2003 5:47 AM
|hah - yup, true, true! (nm)||jtferraro|
Apr 16, 2003 5:49 AM
|re: Advice? Comparing current converted MTB to a road bike...||boyd2|
Apr 21, 2003 9:50 AM
|Go for the road bike. I was commuting on my MTB for 5 years 2-3 days a week and just 4 weeks ago I bought an old Specialized Epic road bike on e-bay. The difference is fantastic. It has also given me lots of enthuasm to ride more, and especially longer distance. I cut my commute time from 30 minutes to 26 minutes. My biggest obsticle was money. I have a tight budget, but I found a super buy on e-bay, but it took me about 6 months to find a bike. Now I can leave my MTB set up for trails. In the past I would want to MTB did not because I was set up for commuting and vice-versa. I am happy as a clam with my new ride.|| |