Bontrager Enduro Allroad makeover

One of my current project/brainworms is to convert my Bontrager to a fat-tired road bike. I swapped the SID Dual-Air for a Kona P2 canti fork, and bought some phenomenally expensive (for me) Compass Rat Trap Pass tires. I’d been planning the conversion for some time, but changed the fork the day after I rode down Mt Tam and back to the top with knobbies and a suspension fork.

So for my birthday, I got a Velo Orange LD stem. I got laid off in August, and all the good stuff I was looking forward to buying came out and sold out before I got a new job. Merlin Cycles’ Stan’s rims at giveaway were gone two weeks before my new job started (and my first paycheck took another month anyway), and the Crust Bikes and VO reproduction LD stems came and went, except the more expensive shiny chrome one. Shiny chrome is the last thing this bike wants, but I figure I can paint it blue or black when the weather warms up. It looks idiotic, but also somehow cool. Like bowling shoes.

1999 Bontrager Privateer in blue and orange, with a Velo-Orange LD riser stem. Midge bars, Kona P2 canti fork, and Compass Rat Trap Pass tires. XTR cranks and VP Vice pedals.

I visited a couple of cool bike shops in Sebastopol, and got some bar tape, since I like to buy something when I visit a shop. Black bar tape replaces the dingy faded cloth tape, looking a little more intentional. Spot the electrical tape fanciness on the stem!


Here’s the “finished” bike, still wanting an LD stem, black bar tape, and A23 rims for tubeless setup. Maybe a setback (or just fresher-looking) 27.0 seatpost.

I rode it for a week with the rigid fork. Less funky dive in the corners. I like it. I chose the canti-only fork because it’s lighter, I don’t like extraneous bits, and I’m happy with V-brakes on this bike.
bontrager-privateer-enduro-allroad-makeover_003 This was always a fine bike, and it came with Bontrager-modified King hubs.


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