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  1. #1
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    Xtracycle Donor Bike?

    I am turning to you guys for help! I have an Xtracycle on an old Trek 820 frame. I am building this as a low cost experimental trail maintence bike. I am about half finished and after a short ride I quickly found the BB height to be really low with this setup? So my question is are there any steel framed bikes with higher BB's that a standard 820?
    I have thought about turning it into a 69er, but I suspect it will throw geometry way off. So does anyone have any ideas for me?

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    Was the BB height lowered when you did the conversion, or is it just that you aren't used to the long wheelbase on trails? Because my Big Dummy, I take it offroad occasionally (shuttle vehicle for my 4y.o. son when he gets tired of pedalling) and when there are small little jumps and dips, I do bottom out quite a bit.

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    As I understand, with the Xtracycle conversion (and other stretch cargo bikes), the BB does get lower. It's done as I remember for stability when you have a lot of load on the rear of the bike. You ask a great question and I don't have an answer for that. I'm thinking maybe modifying what you have such that the BB can be raised. Good luck with that.

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