1790Re: Two questions...
- Oct 5, 2007Morgan --
I don't think "road feel" is really a huge priority for Xtracycling,
and that's the main reason to go with steel over anything else. That
said, the small amount of additional flex you'll have won't make THAT
much difference anyway... It's not like your frame will fail or
anything -- you'll just notice perhaps a little more slop while loaded
and climbing. Frankly, climbing on the X with a passenger or 80 lbs.
of groceries is NEVER going to feel much like it does on a regular
bike! I've hauled an adult (135 lb.) passenger around for 15-20 miles
at a time, and it works fine -- but handling is much more like an old
VW bus than a sports car. As, I suppose, it should be.
Something else to consider is that you won't be able to run disc
brakes on the Stumpy. I'd at least consider swapping out the cantis
and short pull levers that probably came with it for some V-brakes and
levers. It might even be worth swapping out the fork for one that will
support a front disc (there's a cro-mo Dimension fork for $50 or so
that I use).
Anyway, you should be fine with the steel frame. It really does only
take about half an hour to install the Xtracycle, so it shouldn't be a
huge waste of time if you don't care for that particular donor frame!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Morgan" <mcgurme@...> wrote:
> Hi Mark,
> No need to convince me of the general case for steel. My road bike
is steel, a Lemond
> Buenos Aires from before the Carbon era. I went out of my way to
find that, an older pre-
> carbon one on Craig's list. And my favorite mountain bike is my
steel Yo Eddy, full rigid
> (and even though I have a nice full susp aluminum as well). And I
jumped on the
> Stumpjumper last night at the auction specifically because it was
steel (I would not have
> paid ~$200 for a 14 year old aluminum bike).
> However, I have seen it mentioned by people in various forums
> that steel + xtracycle is too flexy. That is my one and only
concern about steel (actually,
> rust is a second one, since I had to have the seat tube of my Yo
Eddy replaced due to rust
> - but now I use FrameSaver).
> So my comment is not a question about steel *in general*, but
specifically as it applies to
> being combined with the Freeradical kit. I don't want to spend a
bunch of time moving the
> parts over if it is going to make for an inferior loaded ride....
that's all. My alternative is
> just to leave the Fisher Aluminum hooked to the Freerad, and convert
the Stumpjumper to
> a singlespeed for fun. I converted an old Fuji mtn bike to
singlespeed last year, but it
> ended up being too small for me, so I sold it...
> Thanks, and I hope your family health issues get sorted out!
> --- In email@example.com, "Mark Garvey" <lazybee45@> wrote:
> [response snipped]
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