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 Post subject: Cyclo x conversion
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 4:55 pm 
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Hello all,
Theres probably threads on this already, but just in case there isnt, has anybody ever converted a steel road bike into a cross bike? I found a 531 frame outside the tip in the bushes the other day, so its now mine. I want to braze on some canti brake bosses, get some carbon forks and give it a spray job. Its the brazing of brake bosses im particularly interested in on the rear stays. Anybody got any craic about this sort of thing?


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 Post subject: Re: Cyclo x conversion
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:03 pm 
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Not sure I'd like to braze myself without lots of practice.......heat up the metal too much and you get funny phase changes in the metal which weakens it :)

M Steel should be pretty close to you (Frame builders)

Shaun


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 Post subject: Re: Cyclo x conversion
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:14 pm 
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Check you've got clearance between the chainstays for a cx sized tyre.


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 Post subject: Re: Cyclo x conversion
PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:54 am 
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Bob Jackson can do braze on cantilever bosses for about 30 quid (though I imagine you'd want to do a respray after the brazing, so that will cost extra).

TBH it might be easier to just find an old touring or hybrid frame and use that as a basis for the build. Such bikes are not hugely fashionable just now, so you could probably get something really cheap.

Good luck,

Johnny


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