Hey, some advice please!
I'm living in Germany at the moment. Back in the UK I have a generic but fairly decent SS wheelset from an extremely beloved rat bike (a ~56cm road conversion), which sadly died a horrible death shortly before the move. I want to build up a nice sturdy Steamroller in its place; unfortunately however I can't afford to splash out near a grand (€, but still) on a complete new build from one of the LBSs here, and I'm also keen not to ditch perfectly usable parts if I don't have to. So, tl;dr, I'm thinking about getting as many of the components from a rat bike over to a new Steamroller frame. However I'm still a novice in lots of areas with a lot to learn about component standards, so if you'll indulge me, here are a few probably pretty dumb questions before I go to the hassle of bringing parts over in person:
Any advice from more experienced bike builders will be extremely appreciated! Viele gruße.
Oh, here's a pic of the cockpit from the old bike, if it's of any help. Cheers.
Wheels, if they were standard single speed rear hub and not a bastardised road geared hubs should be fine as steamroller is 120 mm at rear. According to surly the break reach is 47-57 mm so you need to measure yours but you may / should be ok. I am presuming surly use a standard recessed nut like your bike
Bottom bracket will depend on chain line on surly and what chain set you have. - probably your most fiddly problem!
Headsets are cheap unless it’s a quality one I would just get a new one
Cheers, this was really helpful! Definitely feeling most intimidated by the chainline but there is a great LBS nearby I can ask for help if things get too fiddly.
This was super, super helpful, thank you 🙏🏻
Nb. Very much on the lookout for a 56cm Steamroller frame for this build.
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