ok humour me please
I'm building up a circa 2004 Trek 4300 as a road hack with the aim of sharpening up the handling a wee bit for city use... a bike to commute fast on rather than pull tricks on (as if!), 1.5" slicks tyres and bar ends are ready etc.
Originally it would have had 420 or 440mm a-c forks, so let's call it 430mm.
I have some rigid forks that fit the frame, but they are 395mm from a-c. Will this be too much of a difference?
Was wondering if fitting a (much?) longer stem, maybe 25-40mm longer than the original one, would do much to counteract this? Wider bars too? I am a very lanky sod after all too, so the extra reach would be handy
but obviously wide bars are not ideal in between bus & kerb!
Any tips on tweaking a lightish hardtail for road use would be interesting to hear..
I basically want it to handle sharply, but not be deathy
I'll get some pics up when it's done, it's going to be powdercoated Yeti blue
with black build kit I think (not sure as too many projects on to be err sure)!
PARTS FOR SALE:
vintage Brooks Professional saddle | Specialized FACT CX fork | Columbus fork | Reynolds 531 fork | Avid Arch Rival v-brakes | various 700c, 27" and 26" wheels | vintage Weco hubs (fixed/freewheel) | vintage Raleigh ladies frames + lots more!