Here’s a 1990s mountain bike turned year-round commuter that has been fully rebuilt and can comfortably handle trails and snow without being held back on the street.
- tuned and overhauled from top to bottom
- 4130 Cr-Mo frame with rigid fork
- unique two-tone paint job
- 3×7 (21 speeds), Shimano mix with trigger shifters
- threaded fork/high polish alloy riser stem
- upgraded Easton alloy flat bar
- 26″ Mavic X138 alloy wheels with Shimano/GT hubs
- new chain
- new cassette
- new Panaracer tour tires, 26″ x 2″
- new tubes
- new cables and cable housings for both brakes and shifters
- Ross Gelite saddle
- new OURY grips
- rear rack mounts, with Topeak Explorer rear rack pre-installed
- two bottle cage mounts
- fender mounts (with Planet Bike fenders+mudguards pre-installed)
After sitting in the cold, the rear shifter got a little gummed up. It would shift, but down-shifts could only be done every minute or so. I can’t sell a bike like that, so after trying to flush out the pod, I decided to scrap it and find a replacement. Now both shifters/brake levers match and function perfectly, and since I already had everything off the handlebar, I decided it would be a good time to upgrade the old steel bar to a nice Easton alloy riser, which knocked .5lbs off the bike. Also, after riding this bike for some time, I decided it would benefit the build to have a wider front tire than that Nashbar slick. The rear tire is the same now, but there is a 1.75″ Marathon on the front. This ride is smoooooth and handles great off-road now. The bike also looks balanced with a more substantial tire in the front than the previous 1.25″ slick.
New chain and new wider range cassette installed. Newer pedals were installed as well. I’m also considering testing wider tires.