Can I Put Mountain Bike Components on a Road Bike Frame?

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Putting mountain bike components on a road bike allows you to achieve a lower gearing. Put mountain bike components on a road bike with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Steffen Root, co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board and today we're going to talk about can you put mountain bike components on a road bike. The reasons why you would want to put mountain bike components on a road bike are to get a lower gearing. So therefore, mountain bikes have a lower gear designed for going up steep hills in the woods and road bikes' gearing is not quite as low. To make that possible, both the components need to be compatible. Whether it's ten speed, nine speed or eight speed. Both have to be the same, 'cause we cannot mix and match ten speed with nine speed and vice versa. So, depending on what your road component has, that's what we're going to start with. So, first you need to find out how many speeds is your road bike and once you've determined how many speeds your road bike has, then we can start looking at what mountain bike components we can put on there. For instance, let's say our road bike that we're dealing with has nine speeds. So, it has nine individual cogs in the rear. If we're looking to get a lower gear ratio, we need to get a larger rear mechanism on the back. This mechanism is the road mechanism which you can tell is it's a small spread, versus the mountain bike has a much larger spread. A much bigger, lower gear, therefore easier to go up and down the mountain. Because road derailleurs are not designed to handle the same capacity of larger cassette, we actually need to put a mountain bike derailleur on the road bike. So, there's a couple things we're going to need. First off, we're going to need a new rear cassette to mount on the road bike, a larger gear the same number of gears as your road bike has. We're going to also need a new rear derailleur that can handle the larger cog, i.e. a mountain bike derailleur and we will also need a new chain because now there's a larger cog we're going to need a longer chain. One other thing to think about before making this transition is you want to talk to your local bike shop just to make sure that everything is compatible. You will need some special tools. But, that is basically how to put mountain bike components on a road bike. My name is Steffen Root, co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board here in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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