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    mountain bike commuter

    Anyone use a stock or modified mountain bike for commuting?
    I had a 1999 Specialized Rock hopper Pro with a Surly 1X1 fork and Nimbus Armadillos.
    Since someone decided they needed to liberate my bike, I'm now looking for another.

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    I ride a 2005 RM Element FS with 1.25 inch slicks in the summer and 1.95 inch studs in the winter.

    90-130mm Talus Fork with the lockout and a RP3. 46/32/22...11/34.

    I also ride the bike in the mountains with 2.35 inch knobbies.

    The bike just crossed 40,000 km.

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    Check out the 'post your commuter photos' thread... you will get tons of ideas.
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    I have a stumpjumper sport set up for commuting. Mostly stock components, right down to the tomaselli grips, but new crossroads tires and thorn proof tubes. Added a rear rack and fenders, front and rear lights, coffee cup holder and a bell. Good to go on the streets, MUT, and occasional singletrack foray
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    I've been commuting on an MTB for the last 10 years. The last 4 years I put 1.5 street tires (Nimbus Sport), but the first 6 were on 2" knobbies. An old rigid steel bike makes a great commuting platform; cheap and sturdy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mk9 View Post
    Anyone use a stock or modified mountain bike for commuting?

    Since someone decided they needed to liberate my bike, I'm now looking for another.
    Yeah, most of us do at least some of our commutes on mtb, some do all of them.

    Sorry about the liberation

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    Another recent thread on the topic:
    Commuting: Mountain Bike or Road Bike

    My dedicated commuter is my old mountain bike with road tires. It was one of the best choices I've made. It let me keep using a bike I love AND it let me get a FS mountain bike.

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    I threw on a Topeak rack, two sets of bar ends, pair of 40mm Kendras, and lights on my mtb and commute. I can pull off everything but the tires in less than 10 min to hit the trails.
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    my commute for now is a RM vertex team and love it, i'm new at it...

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    Salsa El Mariachi for my commute. 8 miles old unimproved double track road with 2 stream crossings, 5 miles graded dirt road with washboard from hell, 7 miles pavement, 1 mile single track. Only possible during warmer months though.....sigh.

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    Over the years I have commuted on specialized hard rock, rock hopper and Gary fisher Aquila. Biggest problem I had was being first one at the office during snow/ice storms.

    Will admit commutes on road/track bikes had faster pace but when weather turns bad having MTB was a plus.

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    I ride a Marin Point Reyes which is basically a mountain bike with a carbon fork and street tires. The geometry is basically the same as that of a 29er bike otherwise.

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    I used to commute with a Mid 90's Trek 970.....

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    I'm on a trek 6000 and it has been great

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    Picked up a Trek 4300 2009, just slapped on Specialized Flak Jackets 1.25's, Sonoma Gel seat and Bontrager Evoke RL Grips. Looking at an upgraded Stem, seatpost and possibly going to 31.8 handlebars

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    Funny you should ask. About 20 years ago, I already had 3 bikes but they were all lousy for commuting. 2 road bikes and a mountain bike. I decided to build myself a custom commuter.

    I bought a mountain bike frame from a shop that someone stripped for parts - $150. Then I coated the inside with linseed oil and left it hanging in the garage for 2 months over the summer until the oil dried - rust proofing - you never know. Then I built up the bike up with older mtn bike components off the Cannondale I ride. I put on drop handlebars from a road bike and bar-end shifters ($80). I wanted to put on road STI brake shifters, but they were too expensive at that time ($500+). For tires, I highly recommend Specialized Fat Boys - the only tires that I know that contain a belt and are rated for 100 psi.

    I actually have 2 sets of rims - one with slicks and one with mtn bike tires. I take it off road as well. Lot easier to swap rims rather than tires for bad weather or change of riding venue..

    Been riding that bike for over 20 years and it rides fast and precise. I can hop curbs like a mtn bike, yet fly down the road like a road bike. The nice thing is that it looks like some kind of a weird road bike, so the bike thieves haven't bothered me much. Looks even weirder with mtn bike tires.

    Can't post a picture though - I have it out for servicing. After 20 years of riding and doing my own maintenance, I figured that I better have a pro go over it and strip it down for an overhaul.

    The best commuter is one that you create yourself by adding the features you'd think it should have.

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    I commute on a Chinese ebay carbon frame mtb. I have 2 wheelsets, 1 for mtn bike rides and for my commutes/road rides I have cheap Nashbar slicks on another wheelset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeKan View Post
    Funny you should ask. About 20 years ago, I already had 3 bikes but they were all lousy for commuting. 2 road bikes and a mountain bike. I decided to build myself a custom commuter.

    I bought a mountain bike frame from a shop that someone stripped for parts - $150. Then I coated the inside with linseed oil and left it hanging in the garage for 2 months over the summer until the oil dried - rust proofing - you never know. Then I built up the bike up with older mtn bike components off the Cannondale I ride. I put on drop handlebars from a road bike and bar-end shifters ($80). I wanted to put on road STI brake shifters, but they were too expensive at that time ($500+). For tires, I highly recommend Specialized Fat Boys - the only tires that I know that contain a belt and are rated for 100 psi.

    I actually have 2 sets of rims - one with slicks and one with mtn bike tires. I take it off road as well. Lot easier to swap rims rather than tires for bad weather or change of riding venue..

    Been riding that bike for over 20 years and it rides fast and precise. I can hop curbs like a mtn bike, yet fly down the road like a road bike. The nice thing is that it looks like some kind of a weird road bike, so the bike thieves haven't bothered me much. Looks even weirder with mtn bike tires.

    Can't post a picture though - I have it out for servicing. After 20 years of riding and doing my own maintenance, I figured that I better have a pro go over it and strip it down for an overhaul.

    The best commuter is one that you create yourself by adding the features you'd think it should have.
    That sounds awesome. I'm getting a full suspension trail bike and I'm excited about turning my xc hardtail into a commuter/urban bike.
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    I plan on commuting half time on my road bike and the other half on a mountain bike.

    I will be pulling my kid in a trailer on my mountain bike however.

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    My commuting bike is a Fuel EX 5, actually it's my "everything" bike because I don't have a car...

    My friends always say it is kind of waste to use this thing for commuting though...

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    I have a 1998 Mongoose Switchback (yeah, back before they were totally crappy) that I rode as a MTB for almost 10 years, then after getting a new MTB I relegated the old 'goose to commuting duties. I tore off all the components, welded disc brake tabs on it (it's a steel frame), had it powdercoated, and converted to 700c wheels. It has gone through several component variations, but currently I'm running a single 39t ring in the front and Sram 9-speed (11-34) in the rear.
    I ride it to work every day.
    Lots and lots of smiles and miles from that old bike.
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    Made some other mods.. Bar ends, Body Geometry grips, Thomson seatpost and collar, Crank Bros platform pedals...will post final..


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    My Patrol Bike at work... I own this and use it for CSO Bike Patrol. Getting a little rear hub noise, but the bike has been Rock solid since I bought it new in 2003.


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    this is mine - an old specialized stumpjumper. still kick ass. saddle since changed to a fizik aliante.




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    I'll have to dig up the pictures, I have a Kona Cinder Cone with a Salsa rigid fork, Soma Clarence bars and a rack and fenders. When the weather is nicer I use my CX bike instead since it's lighter.
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    They see me trollin, they hatin

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    Quote Originally Posted by prepsheriff View Post
    My Patrol Bike at work... I own this and use it for CSO Bike Patrol. Getting a little rear hub noise, but the bike has been Rock solid since I bought it new in 2003.
    You have to buy your own???

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
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    Fishy, if you`re trying to make me drool myself to death, you`re off to a good start. Twice in two days is just ruthless
    not everyone would appreciate a 1992/3 specialized stumpjumper. it's steel and does not have bouncy forks. I am guessing we have the same taste in bikes then. ;-)

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    Finally, Done....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Eddie View Post
    I have a stumpjumper sport set up for commuting. Mostly stock components, right down to the tomaselli grips, but new crossroads tires and thorn proof tubes. Added a rear rack and fenders, front and rear lights, coffee cup holder and a bell. Good to go on the streets, MUT, and occasional singletrack foray
    any chance you could share what kind of thorn prrof tubes and tires u use? I just asked because im still using the cheapest tubes and almost every week I ended up getting flat.

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    I've got a '99 Nitanium Rockhopper converted for commuting/exploring duties. It's got a stealth O.D. paint job and I'm running a Surly 1x1 fork on the front. It continues to undergo refinement. I may try drop bars on it next. I ride it 22 miles a day. With the roads and areas I ride it, I'm still digging the 2.1" semi-knobby tires. Around here, even the pavement is rough, can't see myself going any skinnier on tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhobert View Post
    any chance you could share what kind of thorn prrof tubes and tires u use? I just asked because im still using the cheapest tubes and almost every week I ended up getting flat.
    Chances are if you're flatting that often it's not just the tubes. Check your rims and inside of your tires closely for barbs, thorns, spurs, etc.

    I think you might consider a different type of tire, too, if that doesn't work. A lot of the time a flat is caused by a poor tire and not actually a cheap tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahdog31 View Post
    Chances are if you're flatting that often it's not just the tubes. Check your rims and inside of your tires closely for barbs, thorns, spurs, etc.
    Words to live by.
    A thicker tube might help, but do make a careful check of tires and rim tape. For what its worth, I buy most of my tubes at the supermarket, and I avoid anything that says "thornproof" or has goop in them. Granted, my usual routes seem to be pretty tire-friendly, with relatively few goatheads and little broken glass.

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    i used to commute on an old school full suspension giant. after going to a hybrid, i wouldn't want to go back, but there are a lot of paved trails around here, so i dont have to deal with a lot of rough patches or off roading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhobert View Post
    any chance you could share what kind of thorn prrof tubes and tires u use? I just asked because im still using the cheapest tubes and almost every week I ended up getting flat.
    I use either Sunlite or Bontrager thornproof, which ever is cheaper at the time. Also use plastic tire strip inside the tire, and make sure what ever tire I buy is thorn resistant as well. That makes then heavier than they need to be but also makes then 98% bulletproof.
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    Also use a velox rim strip, works well. For one of my winter commuters, I run an 03 rockhopper, fender and rear rack. Sort o slicks allow me some longer dirt trails home too.

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    Just converted my Giant XTCc3 to use schwalbe marathon plus 26x1.35 tires. Hopefully this cuts down on punctures. my poor kenda small block eights were chewed up.

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    Before I switched back to larger tires I ran Kenda Kouriers both 35mm and 40mm at higher pressure (@65-70psi) and they were great. Their "K-Shield" Kevlar rubber formula did well against thorns, glass, goatheads, although they did loose against roofing nails, and a partially buried broken screwdriver.
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    Redline 29er Monocog here. Nothing fancy, just enough to get things done.

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    New to the forum. My old Diamond Back I found on Craigslist that I modified. Sill waiting on rear slick to arrive.
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    NOS Kona Coiler Supreme. Got about six months on it; before that was a Jamis Dakar XLT.

    I don't really care to have to go home and switch bikes just so I can get silly. That's probably reason #2 I don't HAVE a second bike.
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    Started looking around for a used KM or Ogre and judging form the prices I might as well go new. If I wait til next year I can get the Ogre in black.
    The ridiculousness of cycling clothes increase exponentially in relation to the distance from your bicycle.

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    Here's my Craigslist find. 90 something Diamondback Apex. Ride it 6 miles each way to vanpool. Need to get it set up with rack & panniers still but quite pleased with this unit.
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    I'm using a '02 trek 3700 with fenders and road tires, though I'm a bit envious of some of the other rides I'm seeing here. Might be time for a change soon...
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    I commute on one of my three 29er's 3-4 times per week.

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    I'll throw mine in here, too.

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    Sometime I use my Stumpjumper ht for commuting, sometime with continental traffic tires and sometime with specialized nimbus tires. My Fox fork is useful for biking old streets in Florence!

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    My Ogre gets the job done. I'm taking a bit of a break this week while I source components for projects over Thanksgiving*, but normally I crank out 250 miles a week on that bike.

    Over the years, I've owned a MTB (stolen from the downstairs garage), Flat bar urban bike (broke everything on it & sold it), three singlespeeds (crushed by a car, broke the frame, finally gave it away after riding the tits off it), a touring bike (sold it), a road bike (I still have this, but it only sees daylight when it's nice outside), a lightweight SSCX bike (geared too low, only sees commute time when it's snow outside), and now I'm back to a touring-frame MTB 29'er.

    IMO the XC hardtails they have nowadays are freakin' awesome for commuting. Surly Ogre's and Karate Monkey's are more in our realm of affordability, but since I ride my commuter bikes so much (so far over 37k of miles on my commuters in the last 3 years), next time I get one I'll be going full custom - worked Ti tubing, no expenses spared, based off the Ogre that I have right now.

    * don't have any family, don't have anyone to spend time with this year, so Thanksgiving is project week while shops are closed and do a buttload of riding that I normally wouldn't do .

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    My 1x9 29'r ... for off season cold mucky road commuting....

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter006 View Post
    so far over 37k of miles on my commuters in the last 3 years
    You are an alarming individual.

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