Mountain bike drop bar conversion

I acquired my Trek 830 Antelope at a fair price on eBay. My guess is that it is from the late 80's or early 90's. I have replaced quite a few parts and have currently landed on the configuration as pictured.

This frame was designed for 26" tyres but it works pretty well with the 650b's that I have on.

Some keys specs of the current build are:

  • Trek Antelope 830 frame (OX True Temper)
  • Grand Bois "Papillon" rims (shimano hubs, LX rear and LX dynamo up front)
  • Sugino XD 48x34 crank set. I am a bit unsure of the model, I think it is a triple that has had the inner ring removed.
  • Schwalbe Marathon tyres
  • Tektro RL520 v-brake drop levers
  • Generic long arm v-brakes (found on eBay)  
  • Shimano Ultegra 6480 8sp Bar End Shifter Set
  • Deore m591 long cage rear derailleur 
  • Deore front derailleur
  • Ritchey Logic 1 1/8 threaded headset 
  • a very tall 1 1/8 quill stem with only 40mm extension
  • Bars are Fairweather/Nitto  M174AA all road
  • Saddle is a San Marco Ponza

This has been my first foray into a home cooked 8 speed and also bar end shifters. I am pleasantly surprised. I do like the very manual and tactile clunk as the chain falls into gear. Shifting is more deliberate and requires more thought than with brifters.

I have no idea why I bought that bright green tape... it will have to go at some point.

Having a longish frame and short stem has resulted in a layed back riding position. I like this. It's not racey, perhaps not optimised for power - but it's comfortable