Since I haven’t done much on my bikes outside of basic maintenance, I started my mechanical journey with a fork replacement ( Rebuilding MTB for commuting - Tech & Product - CT Community (cyclingtips.com)). That went quite well, so now it’s on to bigger goals.
The bike I want to convert to a gravel/commute-combination (see pic in the linked thread) is a roughly 25 year old hardtail MTB. The bikes geometry can be seen here: Bike Geometry Calculator (bikegeocalc.com)
My plan, after replacing the suspension fork with a smaller and much lighter stiff fork, is to replace the groupset (currently Shimano Deore XT 3x9) with a 1x groupset and switching to dropbars. To some this may sound like an hours work, to me that’s more like a gigantic project and I honestly don’t really know where to start. So much to consider … compatibility, tools needed, selection of parts, etc.
Now on to the questions. Well, first off - if you think this conversion is complete nonsense, please let me know. I always appreciate an honest opinion.
I absolutely want to go with a 1x groupset. The Shimano GRX is pretty much impossible to obtain, so I figured I go with either the SRAM Apex or Rival. Any ideas what else could be useful? I saw Sensah on Aliexpress but lacking experience with it, I don’t really trust the cheap Chinese stuff.
Lets stay with the groupset - how can I find out if my current freehub is compatible with the new groupset? Any ideas? Also, how about the rear derailleur hanger?
Regarding the handlebar - the current flat bar is 520mm wide. I thought about a drop bar with 420mm and to compensate for the additional reach of the drop bars, I would switch the current 130mm stem to a very short one with 60mm (and 7 degrees). Do you think that makes sense? Anything else to consider here?
In order to work with the STI levers, I have to switch to Mini-V brakes. I thought about the XLC BR-V04 due to their rather long 85mm legs. Any better ideas?
Last one (for now), and possibly an embarrassing one. It looks like a pressfit BB, right? How do I know which one to choose for the new crank?
If you have any other ideas, suggestions or hints/tips, I’m immensely grateful for everything!
Thanks a lot!