I rebuilt my old (1992..?) GT avalanche as a SS commuter about 7 years ago and I absolutely love it. It's extremely quick and agile, while still allowing me to jump gutters and occasionally hit a bit of dirt/gravel if it's on the way. I do run slicks (currently schwalbe Kojaks) at 60psi+ so the ride is horrible, but that's also part of its' charm!Probably going to have 101 questions during the build, firstly is it actually worth it?
I initially did everything very cheaply - used the original chain and cranks (with middle and small chain rings removed) and just bought a surly singulator for chain tension and a cheap SS cog and spacer kit. I did 1000s of kms with that set up. I recently upgraded the cranks to an old XTR set that I had (still using the big ring though) and I'm currently getting away without a tensioner as I've used a half-link chain and it's just the right length (though seems to be stretching pretty quickly).Nice! That is giving me some ideas for sure.
Is there any decent guides out there for converting to SS? As I really have no idea.. Did a google, does seem info, but as for it's usefulness?
What forks did you put on it?
Mavic do make them. I used them on a 26"-700c conversion. They work awesomely. An added bonus is they also act like a brake booster (older guys may remember what they are). If you need a set drop me a PM.I have a geared mongoose switchback commuter, running slicks (maxxis detonators 1.5") and it all works awesome!
Re 700c wheels i believe you require a brake adapter of sorts to space your brakes further out, from my breif research into the topic i think Mavic used to make one. 700c will fit but your tyres will be need to be smallish to fit.
hope that helps.
I'd looked at a few options a few years ago, gave up as the frame I had ended up (old steel Palomar) with the BB seized with no way out. I did, however, want to fit a more modern fork with 1 1/8" steerer, which also proved more than I wanted to spend. Economically, its probably not worth it.Hi all, I am thinking of building my old GT Talera into a SS commuter.
Probably going to have 101 questions during the build, firstly is it actually worth it?
Does anyone know if 700c wheels will fit?