I have a 2005 Dahon Jetstream XP which has been my pride and joy for ~8 years (crazy!). I have ridden this bike about 3 times a week since buying it new, and it has some issues that I'd like to fix.
1. Brake calipers: I typically rode the Schwalbe orange and black racing tires which came stock with the bike. I've gone through about 5 pairs of them, but changed over to Big Apple tires about a year ago. I didn't think of this at the time I selected the Big Apples, however, as you probably guessed my issue - the stock brake calipers are way too short and as a result, my tires rub a little bit on the rubber grommet that fits between the calipers. I'd like to upgrade to long reach calipers, and from research, found the Tektro R559 brake calipers, which have upto a 74mm reach. Plus, I'd like to get away from the V brake design as they don't seem very good. Looking at the pictures of the Tektro R559s, it looks like they install at the base, and not at each caliper like the stock V brakes? My question - can I actually install these on my bike or is it too old? Pictures of my stock setup is below:
2. Front Suspension: The Pantour hub is pretty shot. It basically bottoms out and as a result, pushes the tire up even higher which exacerbates the already short caliper issue. I have to constantly ride with my weight as far back as possible. Is it possible to replace this hub? I'm actually debating on if I really want another pantour....I think I might just be fine with another Kinetix Comp Wheel?
3. Back Suspension: The Cane Creek AD 5 shock also bottoms out - I actually feel it hitting the bottom. What are the replacement options for this? I've seen new seal kits - is this a DIY fix or do I need to just buy a new one? Better yet, is there an upgraded shock (maybe spring based) that would work?
Notice how clean the shock is? Cleanest part of the bike!
Thanks everyone! I love this bike and it has never failed me! I've literally ridden it into the ground and I've finally saved up enough money to buy some parts!
Here is a picture of it when I first bought it!