Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    McLean, VA
    Posts
    11
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Bike parts interchangable?

    I was wondering if a bike's parts could be just changed and if there were basic standards. I am looking to buy the Trek 4100 and would like to upgrade it heavily as I go along, for fun.

    Is this possible? Which parts would I be able to upgrade? If there is some website you could link me to it would be great.

    Thanks all!

  2. #2
    Every lane is a bike lane Chris L's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - passionfruit capital of the universe!
    Posts
    9,622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well, I wouldn't go swapping handle-bars for derailleurs, if that's what you mean!

    Personally I think you should be OK with most parts though. Mind you, it might also be worth investigating the cost factor. If you keep upgrading various parts (as well as replacing those that wear out), you might be just as well just upgrading the bike.
    "I am never going to flirt with idleness again" - Roy Keane
    "We invite everyone to question the entire culture we take for granted." - Manic Street Preachers.
    My blog.
    My bike tours. Japan tour page under construction.

  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    McLean, VA
    Posts
    11
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If I wanted a new frame for that bike, MTB one of course, could I just take all the parts off and put it on that new frame? Are mountain bike parts standard size?

  4. #4
    Every lane is a bike lane Chris L's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - passionfruit capital of the universe!
    Posts
    9,622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think most of them are, but you might be best to check with your LBS - or whoever sold you the parts. There is a very real possibility that I could be wrong here.
    "I am never going to flirt with idleness again" - Roy Keane
    "We invite everyone to question the entire culture we take for granted." - Manic Street Preachers.
    My blog.
    My bike tours. Japan tour page under construction.

  5. #5
    Senior Member mechBgon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Posts
    6,957
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Some stuff interchanges nicely and some come in a few different sizes.

    • Seatposts are very un-standardized
    • Front derailleurs are made in three diameters and two pull directions
    • Crank bearing units are made in various axle lengths and two main widths, as well as three flavors of axles (square, ISIS, Octalink {two flavors of Octalink too**)
    • Cranks and chainrings come in a dizzying array of bolt-circle diameters and patterns, plus the freak-show ones like on STX cranks
    • Headsets come in... let's see, threaded, threadless, zerostack, integrated and proprietary, and two main diameters plus an oddball one. Likewise with forks, there are different diameters and threaded or threadless.
    • Cable-operated brake levers and brakes come in two main categories (V-brake or non-V), and then there are discs... aack...
    • Shifters! *backs away slowly* ESP, Shimano, Suntour, 5-speed, 6-speed, 7-speed, 8-speed, 9-speed, twist, trigger, Rapid-Rise, aieeeeee!

    I'd venture to say there's quite an adventure waiting for the person who mixes & matches too much. If you just switch frames, you may need just a couple items or you may need quite a bit. Nothing money can't fix, of course

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •