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     Antimus updated 11 years, 8 months ago 2 Members · 13 Posts
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  • Antimus

    27 July 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Ok, the project is on, kinda. It’s summer, its not too bad weather (lol) so I’m going to start looking at getting this fixed.


    gears: flakey, even after lots of readjusting

    brakes: crap

    front forks: buggered, ever since I fell off it, loose, cant tighten

    photos below

    Now, I’m pretty sure it’s a 1993 Bear Valley SE, if anyone thinks that’s wrong let me know!

  • Antimus

    27 July 2009 at 5:01 pm

    more pics

  • Gunner

    27 July 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I’d agree with you, roughly ’93/’94 Bear Valley SE.

    At the time the Bear Valley SE was a highly rated entry level race bike and I always hankered after one.

    I think you’ve got a great project there, good luck with it.


  • Antimus

    27 July 2009 at 9:09 pm

    It’s not a ’94, I’m pretty sure when the ’94 model came out it had full XT equipment on it.

    Should be interesting 🙂

  • Antimus

    28 July 2009 at 9:49 am

    AFAIK, any rear derailleur can be 7 speed compatible, correct?

    It all depends on the shifter, if it’s a 7 speed shifter, you just set the derailleur up correctly and it’ll shift to all 7 gears?

    or am I wrong?

    I’m checking out ebay for a rear mech and just want to be sure on this before I start spending cash.

    Also, what’s all this Tourney gear? I thought Alvio was the lowest end but this stuff appears to be even worse?

    I’m wanting to get Deore or better just to make sure I’m not going to ride it to death too soon.

  • Gunner

    28 July 2009 at 3:51 pm


    Yes, you’re right, ’94 does seem late looking at the decalls, though I don’t think the SE ever went to XT, did it?

  • Antimus

    28 July 2009 at 7:47 pm

    STX sounds more like it

  • Antimus

    30 July 2009 at 4:36 pm

    ok, I bought one of these

    to remove the rear cassette, but it doesn’t appear to fit. What tool am I looking for?

    If you need better pictures let me know.

  • Antimus

    31 July 2009 at 12:10 pm

    and to add another few questions to the pot:

    how would I find out if an 8 speed cassette will fit on the back without buying one with all the bits and trying it?

    what’s the difference between 11-32 and 14-34 and whatever size cassettes?

    Do certain derailleurs only work with certain size cassettes?

    Will I need to buy a new freewheel hub and therefore a new back wheel?

    and can someone with mod rights shift this into the Workshop topic, I started it in the wrong place 😳

  • Gunner

    31 July 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I’m pretty sure that (though not 100%) a 8 speed cassette will not fit this bike without spending a bit of money on a new wheel, and that would not be worth the expense for the benefit gained in my opinion.

    The 14-34 will give you a lower gear to climb in but reduce your available top speed for example if you want to pedal fast downhill or on the flat.

    The 11-32 will give you a better top speed than the above but reduce the ease of climbing .

    There shouldn’t be any problem with deraileurs providing they are ? speed compatible with the gearing you have opted for, and they are cage length dependent on whether you’ve got a triple (as in this case) up front or a double.

    That’s my thoughts anyway, happy if anyone else could confirm or deny. 😉

  • Gunner

    31 July 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I think this tool is what you are looking for, yours is not a screw on cassette.


  • Antimus

    31 July 2009 at 6:59 pm

    cheers gunner, and thanks for the move. Looks like I’ll be getting Alivio equipment, shame, I wanted to go for at least Deore.

  • Antimus

    1 September 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Right I’ve got the bike up and running, pictures will be coming, but the question now is forks.

    ARE there any good suspension forks out there for 1″ diameter steerer tube?

    I’m probably going to need a new headset anyway so threaded or unthreaded doesn’t matter.

    Also don’t want one with too much travel as it’ll throw off the frame if the front is pushed up too much!


    edit: ebay appears to have a massive number of shocks in at the moment, if you could recommend any that’d be handy.

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