Mountain Biking - how can I ?!?!
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03-15-04, 07:22 AM
what modification can i do to transform my xc bike into a jumpbike? i wanted to change my fork to mazocchi jr. t and crankset to truvativ hollzfeller... will it worth it?
03-15-04, 07:27 AM
The biggest problem will be with your frame. A XC frame isn't designed to handle the repeated abuse inflicted upon it by dirt jumping. Can you do it? Sure! Will it last? NO!
Plus, going from a single crown XC fork to a triple clamp Jr. T is going to make the bike handle like a wet noodle. Plus, one bad landing and your headtube will snap right off the frame!
Changing the cranks should be fine, but I would invest in a new frame before I bought some new cranks!
Actually, if cash is limited, keep your XC bike as is, and just buy a new complete DJ bike. Almost every critical component is far too different and you'll go broke trying to convert!
03-15-04, 08:55 AM
What I'm about to recommend is unusual, but it may be worth to time to think about/plan/try. Why not upgrade your drivetrain to the Holzfeller (as you stated), switch to strong fork (Manitou Black, any Fox or Marzocchi 5") and practice SMOOTHNESS before bolting on big components?
The advantage is if you learn to be smoother first and then move up in equipment, the big-bad-freeride components will be there to compliment you rather than suck up your mistakes...
Depending on what kinda XC ride you have, most likely it can take some abuse...it's just not gonna take all the abuse for long...
It's no doubt that the frame will eventually be the weak link...the bigger you get, the more metal you're gonna need...but if you ever notice, the best of the business can make anything happen on almost any bike...
Granted, Wade Simmons is not gonna take a Scalpel over a 30 foot gap, but I'm sure he could make one work over some much smaller stuff...
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