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    New to BMX

    Hey, I have just bought a 2002 DK SOB, it is pretty heavy, but seems pretty well built and strong.

    I paid 10,000 which is like $93USD or 51 quid. Which I think is pretty damn cheap.

    It's pretty much all stock as far as I can tell the rear wheel needs to be adjusted because the chain is a little lose but it's pretty much in tip top condition. (i only just bought it tonight!) But... has an odyssey gyro brake cable.... 'thing'. *ashamed*

    Sorry for not being very tech, but as far as bmx, I am a newb, unless 20 years ago an old black and gold Raleigh BMX counts???!!!? My history is more MTB (5k S-works Enduro) and some Tarck bike stuff for city riding.

    I want to know if i should keep the gyro or strip it out? I don't think I will be doing bar spins, I will be taking the bike out to the skate park to hit the ramps. Also as being as it is all pretty stock (i think it is on the original brake pads and tires even!) Should I be thinking of swapping anything out? The rear brake feels like a wet sponge with the power of a flannel, but i guess new pads will solve that, admittedly I am used to 8" Hayes hydraulic brakes, which have more power than sense (until you are flying down a mountain that is)

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    I would lose the gyro, I can't offer any other advice as I have no idea what the components are on your bike.

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    Sorry, here is the link to the bike pedia page

    And here are the specs as listed there.

    Bicycle Type Freestyle/jumping
    Sugg Retail $685.00
    Weight 35
    Sizes Pro
    Colors Black

    Frame & Fork
    Frame Construction TIG-welded
    Frame Tubing Material Chromoly
    Fork Brand & Model DK Jump Fork
    Fork Material Chromoly, unicrown crown
    Rear Shock Not applicable

    Components
    Component Group Not applicable
    Brakeset Tektro FX-20 U-brake rear brakes, Tektro 273A rear levers
    Shift Levers Not applicable
    Front Derailleur Not applicable
    Rear Derailleur Not applicable
    Crankset 3-piece chromoly, 39 teeth
    Pedals DK Iron Cross
    Bottom Bracket Sealed cartridge
    BB Shell Width American
    Rear Cogs 1-speed, 14 teeth
    Chain KMC Z-410H, 1/2 x 1/8"
    Seatpost DK Fixed Post, 26.6mm diameter
    Saddle DK Jump Seat
    Handlebar DK 2-piece chromoly
    Handlebar Extensions Not applicable
    Handlebar Stem DK Jump Stem
    Headset 1 1/8" threadless Tange-Seiki TGMX

    Wheels
    Hubs DK 14mm sealed
    Rims Sun Rims BFR, 48-hole
    Tires 20 x 2.00" Maxxis Holy Roller
    Spoke Brand Stainless steel, 14ga. (2.0mm) straight gauge
    Spoke Nipples Brass nipples

    And here is the photo from the site.
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    at that price I'd ride it til it broke and then replace parts. You'll probably start to get a better idea what you're going to do and what the bike's limitations are in the next few months with it, so I'd save my money until that time for upgrades.
    Immediate weight loss would come from the forks and cranks though, if it seems too heavy.

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    +1 for just riding the thing. I wouldn't sweat the gyro, just get comfortable on the bike and get the basics down. Customize after you figure out why you'd customize. Enjoy it, it's a nice bike for a nice price.
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    Immediate weight loss would come from the forks and cranks though, if it seems too heavy.
    which may not be worth it unless they break. The frame is probably where the high % of weight is.

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    that frame is a tank. its heavy but built to take a beating. ride that thing into the ground, winkleman would've wanted you to . but yeah, straight cable>gyro. theres less to worry about breaking and fewer things you have to adjust.
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    Thanks,
    I will make him proud, I saw that it was a signature frame, so I searched his name and read about him.

    He was only a few years older than me!

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    I have finished cleaning it up and installed new brake cables, I kept the gyro in the end, as it seems a waste to get rid of it, and it doesn't lose anything from having it on there does it? besides maybe looking a little less clean?

    The rear hub has sealed cartridge bearings, so I couldn't regrease them, went to a good bike shop in Tokyo and they said that they don't have that size bearing (and can't order one in) so only option is to replace the hub (I am dubious, maybe the guy was being lazy), but it spins ok for my learning purposes.

    Anyway, here are some photos I took today (on my phone, so not crystal clear, sorry)


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    Lower the seat. Your not going to be able to do much with it that high. I can't see on the other side but if there is 4 pegs take the side you don't grind off, or if your not going to grind take them all off.

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    for about $93 US, thats a pretty sick bike dude. have fun with it.

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    well,for the price $93,I think is a good bike!

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