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    o>'o donoman's Avatar
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    Planning to update to newer MTB frame - components all compatible?

    Hi,

    I'm planning to update my old hardtail frame (~late 90's S-works Team M2 Hardtail) to something newer (and better fitting). It's always been just a hair too small for me and now I'm in a financial position to fix that.

    I was thinking of an S-works Epic frame or an M4 Stumpjumper frame (both on E-bay). My components are all equivalent to a year 1999 S-works hardtail ... XTR brakes, shifters, derailleurs. I have no complaints about my drivetrain, even my fork... my main motive here is getting a bike that fits me better.

    So it would be economical of me to simply purchase a frame and transplant everything over, right? Is there anything (compatibilities) that I'll need to watch out for? I have the XTR Backfire derailleur... will this be a problem? Also on the newer bikes, especially the Epic, it seems like there are no provisions for V-brakes... looks like there is a braze-on but no drop-out? Is there a screw-in dropout that I can buy for this?

    Have fork lengths stayed the same length over the years? Reason I ask is because I don't want screwy geometry with the new frame. If the fork is too long or short, I might end up on my head.

    Anyway, I'm still not sure if I want to get full suspension yet. Last weekend I went MTB'ing and everyone on Squishies was huffing and puffing and I was just flying past them. I think it had a lot to do with a hardtail being way easier to climb with.

    Anyway, please let me know if there are any compatibility issues I might be facing taking a bike that's 10 years old and swapping all the components onto a newer frame....

    Thanks!
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    o>'o donoman's Avatar
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    One more thing, the reason I don't want disc brakes is because I don't want to throw away my awesome XTR V-brakes as well as my wheelset and fork don't accomodate discs... yeah I'm a little outdated but the stuff still works fine for my level of riding!
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    They should have a model for V brakes, but I'm sure there must be a screw on type, and I doubt those will work too well... The fork changes size depending on travel in them, I think.. maybe not.
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    o>'o donoman's Avatar
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    uh, thanks? I appreciate your effort, but why waste bandwidth by posting if you don't know what you're talking about?
    Waste Not, Want Not

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