Some questions about MT bikes from a total noob

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Catagory6
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by Catagory6

i'm coming from road, and my ideal size is a 53 ett, with a 110 stem and 80mm bar reach.
what size Mt bike would i be looking at?

i was also wondering if its possible to run campy road components?
i would be looking for a hard-tail with cantilever/side pull brakes bosses (not disk), and using drop bars.

just looking for something more upright, and fat-tired than traditional road bike position.
not doing any technical downhill or anything like that.

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scant
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by scant

so you want to use campy road parts, you dont want disk brakes, you want to use drop bars & you dont want to ride technical downhills? I'd recommend a cyclo-x bike/ gravel grinder
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Catagory6
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by Catagory6

scant wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:26 pm
so you want to use campy road parts, you dont want disk brakes, you want to use drop bars & you dont want to ride technical downhills? I'd recommend a cyclo-x bike/ gravel grinder
Yeah, that would seem to make sense. Ive got a ritchey swiss cross. But it still feels a little too bent over.

Erwandy
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by Erwandy

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The legendary John Tomac steed. The very spec you mentioned point to this setup.

wingguy
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by wingguy

Catagory6 wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:43 pm
i was also wondering if its possible to run campy road components?
i would be looking for a hard-tail with cantilever/side pull brakes bosses (not disk), and using drop bars.

just looking for something more upright, and fat-tired than traditional road bike position.
not doing any technical downhill or anything like that.
I've gotta be honest, I'm somewhat confused about why you want to buy a bike from the early '90s. A lot of what you're describing is a modern gravel bike, but they're pretty much all disc brake now. Some Touring bikes may do the job, but it depends how fat you want the tyres to be.

Marin
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by Marin

Some Gravel bikes can run up to 2.2" 650b tires. They will have disc brakes too though.

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by mattr

Catagory6 wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:43 pm
What size Mt bike would i be looking at?
Probably a 17.5"/medium frame. Except for your requirement to run drops, so you'll probably need a small frame to get the top tube anywhere near (MTBs tend to be several cm longer than an equivalent road frame)
Catagory6 wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:43 pm
i was also wondering if its possible to run campy road components?
Almost certainly not. They don't make cranks that'll fit an MTB frame, might struggle with a front mech too.
Catagory6 wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:43 pm
i would be looking for a hard-tail with cantilever/side pull brakes bosses (not disk), and using drop bars.
You need to be on retrobike. Not many/any current MTBs fulfill your requirements
Catagory6 wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:43 pm
just looking for something more upright, and fat-tired than traditional road bike position.
not doing any technical downhill or anything like that.
A small MTB frame (to get the ETT length/reach) will have a tiny headtube, so you'll either need a foot long steerer, or some other freakish front end set up.

As said before, get a gravel bike.
Then you can run campag, and discs (cable if you insist) and drops, and get a high front end. And run biggish tyres. Or 29ers, or fat 700c road/cross.

by Weenie


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