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  • Moving all parts to new frame – stupid idea?

     Steve Kish updated 11 years, 9 months ago 4 Members · 5 Posts
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  • leifal

    Member
    30 July 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I’m new, so hello!

    I’ve been pottering about on a bike that cost £40 (second-hand). It’s a Mongoose Rockadile and is perfectly nice, but it has a few flaws:

    *ride position – it’s like riding around sat up in an armchair.

    * front suspension is VERY springy. I like taking it off-road but I get bounced all over the place.

    Because everything is perfectly good and works well (breaks and gears are all recently serviced) I was thinking about buying a frame that actually suits my height and ride position and then moving everything across to the new frame.

    I’m not a mechanic so I’ll take this job to a bike shop.

    Have I found the perfect solution to my problem, or is this a stupid idea?

    Thanks in advance – any thoughts much appreciated!

  • dagza

    Member
    30 July 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I’m not a mechanic so I’ll take this job to a bike shop.

    Have I found the perfect solution to my problem, or is this a stupid idea?

    Not daft at all but could work out to be expensive if you don’t do it yourself.

    Have you thought about swapping the forks to improve the suspension? A different stem / altering the seat position may improve the riding position but others may have better ideas on that.

    Got a pic?

  • Abzz

    Member
    30 July 2009 at 12:49 pm

    I would think the kind of money you may spend getting a bike shop to do this (who will replace worn out or incompatable bits as they go) plus the cost of a reasonable frame will mean it would be cheaper to look out for a good S/H bike on e-bay and sell yours as is. Would make a good DIY project to learn a bit more about the mechanical side?

  • leifal

    Member
    30 July 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    I’m not keen on doing it myself as I’m a new dad and a freelancer – so have hardly any time to spare! And I don’t have many tools etc – so would be easier to get it done by a professional.

    And I think I prefer buying a new frame because you never know where the second-hand bike has been.

    It seems like frames can be quite cheap. I don’t need anything fancy. But I will need to buy new forks.

    I’ll have to do the maths! I’ll try my friendly neighbourhood bike shop for a quote on doing the swap.

    Thanks again.

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    31 July 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Could be fraught with problems, I’m afraid!

    Are the head tube / bracket / seat pillar sizes all the same?

    Is the steerer on the forks long enough for the proposed new frame?

    Are the cable mounting points in the right place to allow you to move the brake/gear cable over without having to but a new set?

    TBH, I’d flog the old one and buy a complete new one.

    BTW, I’ve just got a pair of Zokky EXR Pro forks with 182mm of steerer that I’ll gladly sell you for a stupidly high price!! 😉 😀

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