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What You Ride: Vintage Retro-Mod Road Bikes

Written by: Bruce Lin

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What You Ride: 5 Retro-Mod Builds

What You Ride: Retro-Mod Road Bikes

After receiving a ton of feedback from "What We Ride: Colby's Klein Quantum" blog post, we asked you to show us your retro-mods; and the response was huge! Below you will find five our our favorite fan submissions.

Martin Clark - Eddy Merckx team Motorola

 What You Ride: 5 Retro-Mod Builds
"I'd always been a fan of the Motorola Team back in the day, always wanted the Team bike so when one came up in Germany on eBay in 55cm I had to have it. I had the paint professionally restored along with the chrome then set about the components. Using a mix of old and new, Shimano 9000 for the main part then a Cinelli re-pop handle bar, stem and tape, Shimano Ultegra seat pin, as the finish is almost identical to Cinelli, Dura Ace 7410 headset and a Selle Italia flite saddle. I feel it keeps the old team look with a modern twist! The final part of the puzzle were the bottle cages, I sourced the old Specialized alloy ones and had them powder coated white, it's all in the details as they say!"


John Carlton Breslin - Klein Q Pro Carbon Team with 9070 Di2 What You Ride: 5 Retro-Mod Builds"This bike originally started life when it was purchased with Dura Ace 7700 9 speed. Now after the update of 9070 DuraAce Di2 and a killer set of classic hand built wheels (Open Pros laced to DA hubs) it rides better than ever. Add a few things like King cages and a Thomson cockpit and it doesn't get much better. It is a Klein Q-Pro Carbon Team frame (circa 2003) with what I believe is a Time Components sourced fork that Trek was using. With very little wear on the frame it really could present as new in my opinion. I had to do very little modification as the frames internal mechanical cable routing ports allowed me to run Di2 eTube's without any problem as well as installing the junction box within the downtube via the bottom bracket shell. All that was needed was to drill out the drain hole enough to pull the front and rear to eTubes through the bottom bracket shell to their respective derailleurs. The battery sits inside the Thomson seatpost. That's it, merge the best of old and new to a create a real kick ass bike that I love to ride."

Mike Weber - 1997 Moots YBB SL What You Ride: 5 Retro-Mod Builds"I bought the bike used in 2004 and rode it as my primary bike for 10+ years, putting about 15,000 miles on it. The bike was getting used less and less the past couple of years as I was riding my newer 29'ers more often. Since resale on these is not what it used to be, I wanted to find a way to keep using it. Since the bike was built for v-brakes, I had to get Todd at Moonmen to add a disc tab on the rear. At that point, the conversion was merely a matter of swapping wheel sets between the 26 and the 29 wheel sets. For the first couple of years, I continued to run it with the old Fox RL-100 because it was still pulling double duty as a mountain bike and a gravel bike. A couple of months ago, I swapped out the Fox fork for the Surly Ogre fork so I could have additional mounting points for gear. Bike is built for durability and reliability for long rides. The YBB rear end is perfect for taking the edge off rough gravel roads ad is great for long days in the saddle."

Kellan Cullan - 1994 GT Edge What You Ride: 5 Retro-Mod Builds"It's a made in Colorado fillet brazed GT Edge. It's built with NOS Shimano Ultegra SL, DT Swiss Hugi hubs laced to Mavic Open Pro rims, Salsa stem, and a Thomson seatpost. I think the bike weighs about 19 pounds which isn't bad for a steel bike."

James Webster - Hooker Elite Pursuit, #78 What You Ride: 5 Retro-Mod Builds"I took a Dura Ace 9000 crankset, milled 7mm off of the spindle to work with the super narrow bottom bracket shell of the bike and I used an XTR 24mm threaded bottom bracket. I removed the original Hooker fork which was threaded, and replaced it with a 1" threadless Reynolds TT fork. I took a Dura Ace 1" threaded headset and had the threads milled out by framebuilder Andy Gilmore of Tucson to make it a threadless headset. I am using 3T Aduro TT/track bars with a high mount, 40mm carbon track wheels, and a Specialized power saddle. Total weight 15.3 lbs as it sits."