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Advice? Comparing current converted MTB to a road bike...(9 posts)

Advice? Comparing current converted MTB to a road bike...Sandbox
Apr 15, 2003 10:07 PM
Hi all,

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?

Thank you

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. nmSpunout
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.