Upgrades to entry level MTBs and Comfort Bikes



gclark8

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gclark8 said:
From time to time I am asked to do minor component/performance upgrades on entry level bikes. I will add the details of each project here as they happen.

Today's example:
Giant Upland Ladies XS 14" http://www.giant-bicycles.com/au/03...007&model=10105
Fit Conti City Contact 26x1.5 Tyres and Presta Valve Tubes.
Swap Cassette to Sunrace 11-24 7 Speed.
Swap Crankset to 28/38/48 with 152mm Cranks.
Swap Pedals to alloy MTB and fit Strapless Toe Clips.
Swap Seatpost to Suspension Post with a reversable head.
Swap Stem to 90mm adjustable.
Cut bars to 540mm, fit Foam Grips and adjust lever reach.

The bike ends up lower, lighter and fitting a sub 5' lady rider very well and is considerably faster than the original at a fraction of the cost of a road bike. ;)
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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Today I built the OCR3 in Flat Bar config as the CRX is not available in XXXS-650c sizes.
 

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

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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
 

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gclark8 said:
Well, she came back, spat her dummy and I had to take all my bits off and fix it up for her.

Don't you just love those K-Mart and Huffy people:
NEW STICKERS!!
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.
 

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.
 

rkelsen

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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?
 

rkelsen

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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?
 

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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
 

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gclark8 said:
A new shopping bike for Little Jackie:
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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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