Upgrades to entry level MTBs and Comfort Bikes

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  1. gclark8

    gclark8 New Member

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    From Post #1.
    This is where the topic started, the Upand Project. Today sees the end of the project, 12 months almost to the day, Jackie has decided to SELL the Upland!! ;) And replace it with a Giant OCR3.

    The bike is now ready for sale, see pix below, for $300, Perth WA only. Thank you all for your interest in this project. Stay tuned for the OCR3 upgrade... :D
     


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    SOLD! ;)
     
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    Today I built the OCR3 in Flat Bar config as the CRX is not available in XXXS-650c sizes.
     
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    I'd like to see you apply this flat bar treatment to a TCR Advanced ISP :D
     
  5. gclark8

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    A couple of years back, one of the Giant Dealers here in Perth was doing TCR Flat Bar conversions, this is before Giant brought out the CRX 0 & 1. They used the Shimano Flatbar Ultegra 9 speed Shifters and Levers. ;)

    I recently did a Carbon Kestrel, which is for sale, see:
    http://www.triwa.org.au/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1310
     
  6. gclark8

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    Huffy replacement!

    When Jackie sold the Upland, the buyer gave me her old bike, a steel frame Indi Cavalier!

    After a good clean, new wheels, bars, V-brakes, in fact, most of the gear I had on the huffy, I now have a shopping bike! :p

    I will upgrade the 3x5 gears later.
     
  7. rkelsen

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    The time has come to upgrade the brakes on my 1995 Malvern Star MTB.

    Currently, it has some cheapo plastic APSE centre pull cantilevers, which I can never seem to centre properly.

    I've decided to go for some V brakes, and read that Avid are a pretty good brand. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should go for? I want something good quality. My budget is $100 to $120 (including levers if necessary).

    Cheers,


    Rob
     
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    Just go for some Tektro or Promax V-Brakes and "matching" V-brake levers, about $50. ;)

    I removed all traces of cantilever and put Alhonga V-Brakes and Tektro V-Brake levers on the Indi (above) for about $45.
     
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    I've done some more reading and it seems that Avid SD7 are pretty widely praised.

    Are they available here? How much do they cost?
     
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    I ended up fitting a set of Avid Single Digit 3 brakes with Speed Dial 5 levers.

    They stop much better than the old brakes! :)
     
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    New bike or fix up the old one?

    I'm looking to get a rigid fork MTB alloy bike and build it up into a bomb-proof commuter/tourer.

    My Giant Elwood needs the following fixed up :

    New BB
    Suspension forks replaced with rigid fork (The current ones have no lockout and squeak like hell)
    New, more durable wheelset - the current ones are slightly dented and features a 6 speed freewheel.

    I think I might be able to sell the Elwood for $150-200 if I fixed up the bottom bracket. Any recommendations for new bikes?
     
  12. gclark8

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    Giant CRX4... ;)
     
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    A recent re-build, Seiko Ladies Bike, in the Quokka for $150.
     
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    A new shopping bike for Little Jackie:
     
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    I just wanted to share my experience at a failed attempt to upgrade my apollo

    i bought a SRAM dual drive hub/velocity rear wheel for my Apollo Himalaya commuter, BUT have found that the shifter unit fouls with my rear rack mount and I can't mount my son's croozer hitch.

    So I have ended up buying a strong but cheap rim and stuck with the 21spd setup rather than the initial planned 63spd setup :eek:

    So if anyone would like a unique dual drive setup, then ask me, happy to part with it for the price i paid for it
     
  16. gclark8

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    Little Jackie's "old" Cyclops Blackwater,
    now modifyed and ready for its new owner:

    Refit the original wheels, tyres and 14-28 5 speed freewheel.
    Replace the 28/38/48 tooth chanrings with a single 40 tooth chainring and remove Front Derailleur and Shifter.
    Replace the Falcon Long Cage Derailleur with a Falcon Short Cage.
    Total cost of new Chainring and RD, $20. ;)

    This makes the bike much easier to ride for an inexperienced girl, one less lever to confuse. :D
     
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    And not only that, the bike looks great too!
     
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    Two more great looking "maiden's" bikes.

    One a 6x1 ($350) the other a 6x2 ($275), both all steel!!
     
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    My best Single Speed Customer:

    Coaster (back pedal) brake hubs replaced,
    Training Wheels removed,
    Rear Calliper brakes fitted,
    2 Single Speed Freewheels fitted :)
     
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    A couple of recent pix,
    Ben's new 20" BMX,
    and his old 12" BMX, now modified for track use. :D
     
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