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22.5″ Ross Signature Mt. St. Helens Commuter Bike

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.

Specifications

  • 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)

1/15/2016 Update:

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.

6/28/2016 Update:

New chain and new wider range cassette installed. Newer pedals were installed as well. I’m  also considering testing wider tires.

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