Motobecane titanium hardtail converted to gravel bike with Soma Gator bars and Bruce Gordon tires

Motobecane titanium hardtail converted to gravel bike with Soma Gator bars and Bruce Gordon tires


Hey guys!
This is my Motobecane titanium Fly 29er. You may have seen this in my other video where
I did a mountain bike build up on it. But for a while now I’ve wanted to build or
buy a gravel bike or an adventure bike. And so I haven’t been riding the hardtail
as much lately so I just decided to do a conversion. What I did was I bought some Soma Gator bars
and they’re what people term dirt drops so you can see they’ve got some flare to them.
Totally different style bar than I’m used to.
I’m just from a mountain biking background so this is totally new.
The difference with the Soma bars from other dirt drop bars is that they can take mountain
bike controls. So the diameter of the bars down here on the
bottom is smaller than a road bike bar. So mountain bike grips and brakes and shifters
all will work on the bars. Up top, the diameter gets larger so that you
could use aero style levers from a road bike if you want to.
These are Cane Creek stoker dummy levers. So they are not actually levers.
They’re just for an additional hand position up here.
I changed to a Syncros carbon rigid fork. It’s got a DT Swiss RWS through axle and these
are just my standard mountain bike rims and they had a 15mm through axle so I bought an
adapter off of ebay that goes from the 15mm hub to a 9mm quick release.
And that works pretty well. So after that I went with these Bruce Gordon
Rock and Road tires. They’re 700c by 43mm wide and again these
are mountain rims so they work very well. They work well on the road and on gravel.
I’m liking them so far. No flats and they look good so….
I’m just running a nine speed rear and a two speed front. So a 2×9.
One thing that you have to keep in mind with these bars is that if you run mountain bike
style levers, you will need to lengthen the shift cables.
Especially if you’re going to put them under the bar tape like this but even if you don’t
put them under the bar tape, the shift cables and housings are not long enough.
They tend to bind and get to tight around the headtube there.
So when I first set it up it had a 90mm stem. I had to pull that back to a 60 to get comfortable
and I had to put push my saddle all the way forward.
This is a setback seatpost that I had bought for when I had set the bike up as a mountain
bike. This is a medium frame and I should really
be on a large so I was trying to expand the cockpit in that case but for this, you really
need it more compact when you’re in the dropps to be comfortable.
So also needed some, a taller stack on the fork.
So all of those things make is a little more comfortable but anyway, I just thought you
might want to see the conversion. It’s working real well.
I’m really enjoying riding the bike. If you need more information on these parts
I’ll put some of that in the description of the video.
Anyway, thank you guys for watching. If you have any questions, please let me know
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