Converting a MTB frame to a commuter?

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student9731
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Converting a MTB frame to a commuter?

Postby student9731 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 19:26 pm

I have an old Orange P7 frame, and I am looking to use it to commute about 4 miles/day to get in and out from uni. It is a mountain bike frame, but I'm using slick tires and will only ever be cycling on the road, or cycle paths.

I'm looking to get some full length mudguards, to stop me from getting too wet when it's raining.

It seems that fitting rear mudguards is not a problem, as there are eyelets on the frame for mounting. BUT, the front mudguards are giving me a headache!

The bike came with Pace forks, which don't have any mounting brackets, for the stays which are needed for full length mudguards.

Do you have any advice?
  • Should I fork out (pardon the expression) for some new forks? If so, what should I look for? and how would I know they'd fit my P7 frame?
  • Are there full length front mudguards that can be fitted without stays? (and therefore don't need the eyelets on the frame).

Much Obliged,

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Re: Converting a MTB frame to a commuter?

Postby The Rookie » Wed Oct 03, 2012 14:35 pm

I have more rigid fronts that only need a 6mm hole at the fork crown and are rigid enough to work without stays.....only cost £6 for a pair with the rear!

However for ciommuter duty why not remove the Pace and fit some rigid, the only items that have to match are axle to crown and steerer lengths (as long as the steerer is 1 1/8")

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Re: Converting a MTB frame to a commuter?

Postby MichaelW » Wed Oct 03, 2012 22:51 pm

Pace made rigid as well as bouncy forks; which do you have?
You may have to make do with a clip on front.

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Re: Converting a MTB frame to a commuter?

Postby The Rookie » Thu Oct 04, 2012 15:29 pm

As per my first post, spotted one with a name on last night - Beavertail


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