Homegrown Converted to 700c with new alternate Hayes 22mm Adapter

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bikeric
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Homegrown Converted to 700c with new alternate Hayes 22mm Adapter

Hello All,

It's been awhile since I posted, but I'm trying to get back into shape and drop a few pounds so the Homegrown's are coming to my rescue.

I've found a few riding buddies and was tired of getting dropped because they're all on gravel bikes, so I decided to convert a Homegrown to gravel duty.

Stock 19" 1998 Bass Boat Blue with Hayes 22mm mount.  Threw on some 29er disc wheels with 700x35c tires and had plenty of clearance.  Next was fitting a rear caliper.  I wanted to use drop bars, so I began the hunt.  Ended up finding used Shimano hydraulic 2x11's.  That required the use of a Shimano caliper.  First tried the common A2Z adapter, but not even old IS mount XTR calipers wanted to fit.  Next tried a Magura IS mount caliper, but the lever and caliper didn't like each other with regards to fluid flow.  Lastly decided to go with a new style flat road caliper with a custom made adapter.

The adapter design was very simple and is an easy install.  Unfortunately for me was the cost to get a machine shop to make one ($145).  Oh well, small price to pay to get this fabulous frame updated with modern tech.  If anybody is interested in the .dwg file I will gladly share it for free.  If the cost to manufacture these could be reduced I would be selling them myself, but I havemy doubts that enough demand would exist.

livernose
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Very cool. Is that a 19" frame?

 

Jeff

94 Underground aluminum cracked frame

2- 97 Project Underground thermoset

97- Homegrown Factory

99- Homegrown Pro

01- Homegrown Factory Limited

bikeric
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19” frame, yes.  I usually ride 17” frames for mountain, but the 19” is a better size for me as a road/gravel bike. 

The ugly post and seat were just what I threw on for the bike shops clamp holder to grip. I’ve goth both a thudbuster and/or USE SX suspension post for it. I’ve already re-routed the rear brake hose below the downtube for a cleaner look.

1997 Homegrown Factory XTR Hardtail 17"

1998 Homegrown XT Hardtail 17"

1999 Homegrown Pro Hardatail Gravel Conversion 19"

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This is pretty cool. I need to revisit some geometry charts and think about doing this.
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Makes me think about changing my 01 Limited to a gravel bike. What model levers are you using?

 

Jeff

94 Underground aluminum cracked frame

2- 97 Project Underground thermoset

97- Homegrown Factory

99- Homegrown Pro

01- Homegrown Factory Limited

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The levers are RS505 which are 2x11.  They were the cheapest I was able to find at the time of the build.  I paid $100 for the used pair without calipers.  The rear caliper was cheap IMO at $35 and I had the hose and front caliper, so not an issue there.  I haven't got to ride it yet due to work and freezing weather.

1997 Homegrown Factory XTR Hardtail 17"

1998 Homegrown XT Hardtail 17"

1999 Homegrown Pro Hardatail Gravel Conversion 19"