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Old 01-13-18, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by pjthomas View Post
Very different frame from my 2000 720 MT. What year?
1996, I believe. . .
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Old 01-14-18, 09:27 AM
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1996, I believe. . .
My top tube is more level. On one hand mine affords a second bottle cage but I think yours would be better for clearance especially off road.
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Old 01-14-18, 06:54 PM
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I bought a Selle Scientia M3 Saddle, Ergon GS1 Grips and Continental Grand Prix 4 Season Tires.
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Old 01-15-18, 07:21 PM
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Bought a Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon Handlebar.
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Old 01-16-18, 03:22 PM
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Bought a Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon Handlebar.
Interested to hear your opinion on this one versus the stock Isozone Bontrager handlebars.
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Old 01-16-18, 07:28 PM
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Interested to hear your opinion on this one versus the stock Isozone Bontrager handlebars.
I imagine that they will be the slightest bit flexible and smooth out vibration better than stock. I'll have to see. It's going to be hit or miss right now testing them out on the road with the winter weather. But, whenever the roads are dry and it's 20F out (or maybe less) I'll be out. I'll have pictures of the install in my build thread. Hopefully, this weekend.
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Old 01-16-18, 07:39 PM
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swapped saddles

from this



to this



the original Bontrager saddle wasn't bad. the other is just better for me on bumpy trails

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Old 01-19-18, 08:05 AM
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Change of tyres

So, here we go, I got new tyres on it today. Does it still look like an hybrid? I actually want to just go more and more offroad with it… You guys think that will be ok with this Trek DS 8.4? Or should I go and buy a real MTB?

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Old 01-19-18, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by FNoordman View Post
So, here we go, I got new tyres on it today. Does it still look like an hybrid? I actually want to just go more and more offroad with it… You guys think that will be ok with this Trek DS 8.4? Or should I go and buy a real MTB?
How off road do you want to go?

Do you want to go riding through the back country, carving your own path, going down rocky cliffs and full speed over root covered dirt paths in the forest? If yes, get a real mountain bike.

Do you want to be able to cut across a grassy field or hit a mud puddle now and then? Maybe ride on a gravel path? Jump off a curb and have a softer landing? If that's your goal, this bike is probably fine for now.
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Old 01-19-18, 09:52 AM
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That's cool. Once I get new wheels I may set up the stock wheels with nobbies.

Well, that plan changed. I'm putting the 4Seasons on the stock wheels for Winter use and building a different set up for the rest of the year. Maybe when the 4Seasons wear out I'll get some sort of mild trail type tires.

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Old 01-19-18, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Skipjacks View Post
How off road do you want to go?

Do you want to go riding through the back country, carving your own path, going down rocky cliffs? If yet, get a real mountain bike.

Do you want to be able to cut across a grassy field or hit a mud puddle now and then? Maybe ride on a gravel path? If that's your goal, this bike is probably fine for now.
Well, let's start with the first, but am sure will love to do the 2nd later on
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Old 01-19-18, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by FNoordman View Post
Well, let's start with the first, but am sure will love to do the 2nd later on
With those tires, and assuming everything is solid and working well, you'll be fine on anything up to/including this (done on a Giant Roam 2 -- very similar bike).

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Old 01-19-18, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by badger1 View Post
With those tires, and assuming everything is solid and working well, you'll be fine on anything up to/including this (done on a Giant Roam 2 -- very similar bike
Looks good! Thanks for the link... Should be good for the start...
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Old 01-19-18, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by FNoordman View Post
So, here we go, I got new tyres on it today. Does it still look like an hybrid? I actually want to just go more and more offroad with it… You guys think that will be ok with this Trek DS 8.4? Or should I go and buy a real MTB?

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I can't weigh in on your question, but I dig those grips and bar ends! Very nice touch!
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Old 01-19-18, 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by FNoordman View Post
So, here we go, I got new tyres on it today. Does it still look like an hybrid? I actually want to just go more and more offroad with it… You guys think that will be ok with this Trek DS 8.4? Or should I go and buy a real MTB?
The tires and wheels will be fine, as will your frame and brakes and geometry. Your biggest liability for "real" off-road is the front suspension fork. I'm not against suspension forks (I have two hybrids with them), but the forks found on hybrids like these aren't meant for rigorous use. It probably has just 63mm of travel and will likely bottom and top out pretty often if the going is rough enough (which will eventually cause problems).

Fire roads and light-to-medium single track will be fine, though.
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Old 01-21-18, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
The tires and wheels will be fine, as will your frame and brakes and geometry. Your biggest liability for "real" off-road is the front suspension fork. I'm not against suspension forks (I have two hybrids with them), but the forks found on hybrids like these aren't meant for rigorous use. It probably has just 63mm of travel and will likely bottom and top out pretty often if the going is rough enough (which will eventually cause problems).

Fire roads and light-to-medium single track will be fine, though.
Thanks mate for the info. I was already afraid of this, I know the fork is good enough for hybrid use, but indeed, it's a ****ty one to really ride offroad but hey, I hope it will keep up for a bit… Thanks to all of your reactions!
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Old 01-21-18, 01:25 PM
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washed mine yesterday w a big bucket of warm sudsy water & 3 brushes & another big bucket of warm water to rinse. man it was time
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Old 01-21-18, 03:06 PM
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I undid a couple of things - a front urban rack/basket (too bulky) and an adjustable stem. Then changed the rear rack to something lighter and better looking and installed a smaller front rack.
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Old 01-21-18, 03:32 PM
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Nice improvements. Front rack looks a lot better.
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Old 01-21-18, 04:23 PM
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Thanks. I like the urban-style rack but it was just too unwieldy on this bike.
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Old 01-21-18, 04:39 PM
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Yeah. I'm sure it's lighter than it looks but like you say, just too unwieldy. The other pictures with the panniers on are pretty sweet.
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Thanks. I like the urban-style rack but it was just too unwieldy on this bike.
Could you post some pics or start a thread on your handlebar setup? It looks like you have a pair of "typical" MTB bar ends PLUS drop bar ends as well? Or are they integrated into one unit? I'm interested to see what that looks like close up. Thank you!
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After a long 10 day Florida “winter” I got out on the trail on the Surly, it finally got into the 70s, what a great day. Rode a nice 60 plus miles on the Pinellas Trail, and ended my Beer & Taco day at Hooters. Gotta love Florida weather !

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Love the local breweries too !

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Could you post some pics or start a thread on your handlebar setup? It looks like you have a pair of "typical" MTB bar ends PLUS drop bar ends as well? Or are they integrated into one unit? I'm interested to see what that looks like close up. Thank you!
I'll look for some better close-ups or take some. It's standard ends and a set of Origin8 drop ends; the bar is fairly wide to handle both sets.
Ideally, I'd put the standard ends inside the grips and levers, but the shape of the levers won't allow it.
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Originally Posted by Scooty Puff Jr View Post
After a long 10 day Florida “winter” I got out on the trail, it finally got into the 70s, what a great day. Rode a nice 60 plus miles on the Pinellas Trail, and ended my Beer & Taco day at Hooters. Gotta love Florida weather !

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Love the local breweries too !

Love the "Beer & Tacos".
We came out of our Texas winter into a wet spring.
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