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Unless you have the spare parts laying around build-outs are expensive and always labor intensive. It is not worth spending money on a frame the does not fit you. Road versus trail the fit is not that different. The frame fits you or not. I had mountain bike that the shock wore out and bought a better mountain bike. I put a fixed fork and tires on it ...


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You've got it the wrong way around. Road frames, in terms of horizontal toptube length, are significantly shorter than mountain bike frames. If it's a hardtail frame and it's too big for you with a flat bar, it's going to be way too big for you with a drop bar. On the other hand, you might be able to put a bar with significant sweep on the frame and have it ...


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It's a good, cheap way to build a first commuter. Throw on a pair of road slicks and lights and go to work. It will give you a chance to decide what you really want in a commuter bike. It will be able to handle bad roads and pot holes better than a road racing bike. But, it will still be heavier and slower than a bike based on a cyclocross/utility/road frame ...


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Based on your comment, I think I may have misunderstood your original question. Most bike shops I know seem to be "licensed resellers" for just a couple of brands. My local shop, for example, stocks only Bianchi and Specialized. If I want to buy a Trek I need to go someplace else. A lot of web sites in the cycling business (certainly in the UK) are ...



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