Just wanting to ask for some advice regarding possibly 'building' my own bike. I'm currently on a Cervelo P2k and wanting to merely sway all my components over onto a Felt B2 frame (2006 i think). I know this is a very generalized question, but are all the components (minus seat stem) compatible?
Also, is this something I could do myself, given that I have very little experience, or specific tools?
Without specifically checking the two frames, but essentially all components
should swap over without difficulty. FD, if clamp on might be a problem
depending on the respective frames down tubes. If 'brazeon' then no problem.
I would carefully eyeball the der cables where they are inside the shifters as
most der cables fail where they are wrapped around the shifter barrel inside
the shifter and this would be a good time to look at them or even replace if
they are a few years old. Special tooling is limited to BB wrenches and
cassette R&R tools and crank pullers. Everything else is standard wrench/allen
tools and screwdrivers. www.parktool.com has a repair section that covers
this and www.sheldonbrown.com also covers this albeit in a less targeted
fashion. It is easy 2-4 hour job depending on how fastidious you are about
tear down and cleaning of parts. Good opportunity to totally clean and
wax the frame also. Be aware most parts are best installed with grease on
threads (most of the stuff you are swapping) but a few parts need thread
lockers (mostly on derailleur subassemblies). Depending on the chain you may
need a chain breaker.
Great... thanks for the info. FWI... The FD is braze-on. Der cables should be in good knick as i had them replaced a few weeks ago. Do you think this would be an overly challenging endeavor for a relative notice to try himself?
With a good book and tools for specific jobs, this is one of the better ways to learn about your bike. You get to take the parts off and observe how they were properly installed, and then you get to replicate that process on the new frame.
Bar, stem, controls all go over as a unit.......no problem there.
Headset requires tools and knowledge.
Crankset requires tools and a little knowledge.
Moving the derailleurs will require that you learn about thier adjustments.
You may still need new cables depnding on the differences between the frames.