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    Post Pics of your Frankenbike rebuild! Major mods only!

    92' Trek 830 Antelope - True Temper, Double Butted, chromoly, 20' Frame
    Canondale 6061-T6 butted Handle bars
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    FSA Orbit headset
    Manitou R7 Elite Suspension fork
    DT Swiss Cerit hubs
    Mavic 317 disc rims
    XT HollowTech 2 crankset
    SRAM 2008 PG-990 Power Glide II Cassette
    decades old Brooks seat
    Cane Creek G-3 ThudBuster seat post
    Avid BB-7 disc brakes
    Brake Therapy adapter
    XT Rapid rise, long cage rear derailer
    Deore LX front derailer.
    Big Kahuna 2.10 tires
    Total weight- (29 lbs on the nose)

    Took it for a test ride this weekend off a series of 4 ft drops, felt like butter. Very happy! Love that Steel frame!
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    Nothing on my bike is original to any particular bike all random parts, bought aftermarket or pieced off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elf 232 View Post
    Nothing on my bike is original to any particular bike all random parts, bought aftermarket or pieced off.
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    Keep your old bike! Fight rampant consumerism!... especially if it's STEEL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coalhills View Post
    Keep your old bike! Fight rampant consumerism!... especially if it's STEEL!
    As an owner of two steel bikes, I'm going to have to say keep telling that to yourself. Your old 1992 trek Antelope 830 is probably reaching it's breaking point, especially since your doing drops on it, not to mention the fork you are running on it has about 2" more travel than it was designed for which is a huge change for a bike that was meant for XC riding.

    But hey, it's your bike, ride it as you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coalhills View Post
    No Pics?
    My bad, thought everyone had seen it b4.



    2003 Specialized enduro frame
    2003 Fox Float R rear shock
    2006 Manitou Nixon Platinum fork
    2007 LX octalink crank
    2003 LX Fr. Der.
    2006 XTR R. Der.
    Mythos XC fr. tire 2.1
    Conti Grav. rear tire 2.3
    Heavy crud steel wheelset (the reflector has broken off since this pic was taken )
    2007 LX hydro brake calipers
    2007 LX hydro brake levers
    2007 LX shifters
    2008 XT chain
    2006 Bontrager earl k seat
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    nice box

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    Why thank you, this picture proves how lazy i really am, i didnt even bother to move the box, or mud for that matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Smashy View Post
    As an owner of two steel bikes, I'm going to have to say keep telling that to yourself. Your old 1992 trek Antelope 830 is probably reaching it's breaking point, especially since your doing drops on it, not to mention the fork you are running on it has about 2" more travel than it was designed for which is a huge change for a bike that was meant for XC riding.

    But hey, it's your bike, ride it as you like.
    I keep hearing the same thing from other people. "Oh, your bike geometry is off". I weigh 215lbs and I'm 6ft tall. With my weight on the bike the geometry is exactly the same. I have noticed almost no difference in my ability to ride on advanced trails accept that down hill is a little eazier . I LIVE on top of a 1700 ft mountain in Jim Thorpe, PA (Pocono Mountains). This town is well known for it's insane mountain bike trails. Most of my friends have aluminum bikes, Many of them have had to replace thier dropouts, have dented frames, etc. I have had NO issues at all. Chromoly steel is a third stronger than aluminum relative to weight. Randomly saying that My bike is obviously "about to blow" is just rediculous. I think the Cane creek thudbuster has helped reduce shock on the frame as has the front shock. The bike was designed to run trails rigid with NO suspension at all- That's far more stress to the frame than it is currently under. This frame has proved itself time and time again. It's the only reason I rebuilt it. I sanded down ALL the joints before I rebuilt it to check for integrity. They are perfect. Hey, I thought the same thing as you but the proof is in the pudding. When the frame goes I'll let you know, but untill then I will stay impressed by the abuse this old TREK Antelope frame is able to endure.

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    The other reason I decided to keep the frame was because I kept reading in forums how rugged the 830 and 850 frames were, dispite the mid level components that came on them. Who knew? Time reveals good engineering.
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    Nice enduro elf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coalhills View Post
    The other raeson I decided to keep the frame was because I kept reading in forums how rugged the 830 and 850 frames were, dispite the mid level components that came on them. Who knew? Time reveals good engineering.
    You were reading stories written by "bike path riders" who occasionally took their 830 offroad and it didn't actually break!!! OMG!!!

    The 8** frames aren't what I'd consider rugged. They're fairly durable for trail riding, but doing drops on them is...emmm...cool, yeah that's right. Cool. I think you should keep doing drops on it, raising the drop a foot at a time. Make sure to vid your drops and make yourself a documentary with a eulogy, I mean commentary for when you gore yourself with the FREAKIN' TOP TUBE BUDDY!!! BWHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Hey, if it works for you keep doing it. I wouldn't expect too much support from this place though The simple fact that you have chosen an R-7 to do 4ft drops on shows some serious Shriner Circus action, man.

    You wanna see a real frankenbike, go to some of the alternate forums 'round here. There are some actual "major mods" that you may like to see. I don't really consider bolting on an inappropriate component a "major mod", but that's just another difference of opinion I guess.

    Enjoy your ride and I'm at least happy that you are enjoying the sport. It's like the shizzle, dizzle




    BTW...take all that crap off and go to ebay and search for a Voodoo Bakka. Put all that crap on the Bakka (minus the thud-b and the R-7) and enjoy a really rugged bike.

    They're cheap. Surly also makes a pretty "rugged" frame. Jensonusa.com (instigator)
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    I've got a friend who bought a Trek 8000 for $350. (3-4yrs old) 'Twas a decent ride.

    Then he went out and bought:
    RS Tora 5" anchor
    CC Thud-B LT anchor
    Brooks B-17 brick

    The fork is 2" too tall for the geo. The Thud-b is just a PerCo IMO. I'm not a huge fan. The Brooks is a pretty okay perch, but they're just too dang heavy for my taste.


    It's just a different state of mind. (upgrade-itis...or maybe sidegrade-itis)


    Really doesn't matter to me though...just ride what ya like. If you choose to go out on a limb and be different, don't be surprised if you get called out for your reasoning. In your case...don't say that you built that bike b/c it's rugged b/c that fork contradicts your reason. If your reason is "just because"...then who cares, right?

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    Damn, bust my balls some more why don't ya. lol By "Major MODs", I just meant Non-original. I'm not say'in this is the most rugged bike in the world for gods sake, just "unexpectedly rugged"( The Frame that is). Yeah, I could spend $1000.00 on a shock and a million more on XTR componenets. The fact is that this bike has taken real abuse whether you speculate (or have fantasies) about it spontaneously exploding is another issue. It has'nt! When it does I will send you pics of the top tube sticking out of my ass. That should make you happy. I grew up in the Evil Kenievil era when we used to take 4 ft drops on Girls schwinn bikes with the banana seats and handle bar streamers. Thats my next "Major Mod" by the way...(; If this bike is going to explode prove it! Show me one forum entry where it happened. Your just jealous of my Bionic Antelope! I hate to see ya all tore up inside like that. (; Besides, if it does explode (and I survive) I can throw the shwag on another frame cheap. By the way you are way wrong on the thud buster. It does make a huge difference for a heavy rider like me. I hate full suspension so it saves my ass when it makes unexpected contact. Also, the 830 and 850( American made) do have a reputation for being very well constructed in an era without suspension (forged drops, dbl butted true temper platinum, heat treated joints, etc). the 820 is a completely different frame. So to assess the 800 series as a whole shows you are'nt all that familiar with them. I'm 40 years old and some of you younger guys don't remember the old days when we did insane **** on far lesser bikes up here in the mountains. Look, at least I don't have to be scared of ruining a $3000.00 bike my mom and dad bought for me. That's why they call it a Franken bike. I know the fork is really just an XC but for the money I dont think you could find one better. I've ridden alot of bikes and I guess I just like the idea of getting away with it, while everybody laughs. Maybe a personality disorder?? (: Sincerely, Yo Daddy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elf 232 View Post
    My bad, thought everyone had seen it b4.



    2003 Specialized enduro frame
    2003 Fox Float R rear shock
    2006 Manitou Nixon Platinum fork
    2007 LX octalink crank
    2003 LX Fr. Der.
    2006 XTR R. Der.
    Mythos XC fr. tire 2.1
    Conti Grav. rear tire 2.3
    Heavy crud steel wheelset (the reflector has broken off since this pic was taken )
    2007 LX hydro brake calipers
    2007 LX hydro brake levers
    2007 LX shifters
    2008 XT chain
    2006 Bontrager earl k seat


    NICE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    I've got a friend who bought a Trek 8000 for $350. (3-4yrs old) 'Twas a decent ride.

    Then he went out and bought:
    RS Tora 5" anchor
    CC Thud-B LT anchor
    Brooks B-17 brick

    The fork is 2" too tall for the geo. The Thud-b is just a PerCo IMO. I'm not a huge fan. The Brooks is a pretty okay perch, but they're just too dang heavy for my taste.


    It's just a different state of mind. (upgrade-itis...or maybe sidegrade-itis)


    Really doesn't matter to me though...just ride what ya like. If you choose to go out on a limb and be different, don't be surprised if you get called out for your reasoning. In your case...don't say that you built that bike b/c it's rugged b/c that fork contradicts your reason. If your reason is "just because"...then who cares, right?

    Dude, what is a PerCo? ...and do I get lambasted for not knowing?

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    Ahhh the age misconceptions...Mom and dad never gave me nuthin, haha.

    Okay, so ya got 8 yrs on me. I remember doin big crap on sissy's 10spd, so thx for bringing me back to reality.

    Peace

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    My frankenbike, mods are in red..

    Frame .. Rush SL, 110 mm
    Fork .. FOX, F120 RL
    Rear Shock .. FOX Float RP2
    Rims .. Dt Swiss x4.2 disc
    Hubs .. Hope Pro2
    Spokes .. DT Competition
    Tires .. Kenda blue groove
    Pedals .. Eggbeater Sl
    Crank .. Fsa Carbon Team Issue

    Chain .. Shimano 9-speed
    Rear Cogs .. xt 11-34
    Bottom Bracket .. FSA

    Front Derailleur .. Shimano LX
    Rear Derailleur .. Sram X-9
    Shifters .. Gripshift XO
    Handlebars .. Answer Protaper

    Stem .. Cannondale XC3 1 1/8", 31.8 mm
    Headset .. Cannondale Orbit Z 1.5"
    Brakeset .. Avid Ultimate
    Saddle .. Selle Italia Flite Trans Am
    Seat Post .. Thomson Elite



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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    Ahhh the age misconceptions...Mom and dad never gave me nuthin, haha.

    Okay, so ya got 8 yrs on me. I remember doin big crap on sissy's 10spd, so thx for bringing me back to reality.

    Peace

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    Quote Originally Posted by coalhills View Post
    NICE!
    Sarcasm or not? i honestly can never tell, i thought 66 was serious last time he said "NICE" but i didnt know 66 well enough.

    heres this one again

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoine View Post
    My frankenbike, mods are in red..

    Frame ….. Rush SL, 110 mm
    Fork ….. FOX, F120 RL
    Rear Shock ….. FOX Float RP2
    Rims ….. Dt Swiss x4.2 disc
    Hubs ….. Hope Pro2
    Spokes ….. DT Competition
    Tires ….. Kenda blue groove
    Pedals ….. Eggbeater Sl
    Crank ….. Fsa Carbon Team Issue

    Chain ….. Shimano 9-speed
    Rear Cogs ….. xt 11-34
    Bottom Bracket ….. FSA

    Front Derailleur ….. Shimano LX
    Rear Derailleur ….. Sram X-9
    Shifters ….. Gripshift XO
    Handlebars ….. Answer Protaper

    Stem ….. Cannondale XC3 1 1/8", 31.8 mm
    Headset ….. Cannondale Orbit Z 1.5"
    Brakeset ….. Avid Ultimate
    Saddle ….. Selle Italia Flite Trans Am
    Seat Post ….. Thomson Elite
    I could be wrong here, but I kinda think that the OP meant Frankenbike as in "wierd mod's" done to a bike that don't make much sense...except that there are a couple boxes of parts laying around and I'm gonna put them on my bike...your bike looks purposely built and isn't out of the ordinary at all.


    Let's define Frankenbike, I guess. Would it be that odd stuff like that 16t granny setup? Throwing a box of roadie parts laying around on a MTB frame so you got something to ride? Putting an R-7 on a Trek 820 and doing 4 foot drops? (JK...I'm done with that one)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    I could be wrong here, but I kinda think that the OP meant Frankenbike as in "wierd mod's" done to a bike that don't make much sense...except that there are a couple boxes of parts laying around and I'm gonna put them on my bike...your bike looks purposely built and isn't out of the ordinary at all.


    Let's define Frankenbike, I guess. Would it be that odd stuff like that 16t granny setup? Throwing a box of roadie parts laying around on a MTB frame so you got something to ride? Putting an R-7 on a Trek 820 and doing 4 foot drops? (JK...I'm done with that one)

    I know. My post was a bit sarcastic, but he said "By "Major MODs", I just meant Non-original."

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    Quote Originally Posted by coalhills View Post
    Damn, bust my balls some more why don't ya. lol By "Major MODs", I just meant Non-original. I'm not say'in this is the most rugged bike in the world for gods sake, just "unexpectedly rugged"( The Frame that is). Yeah, I could spend $1000.00 on a shock and a million more on XTR componenets. The fact is that this bike has taken real abuse whether you speculate (or have fantasies) about it spontaneously exploding is another issue. It has'nt! When it does I will send you pics of the top tube sticking out of my ass. That should make you happy. I grew up in the Evil Kenievil era when we used to take 4 ft drops on Girls schwinn bikes with the banana seats and handle bar streamers. Thats my next "Major Mod" by the way...(; If this bike is going to explode prove it! Show me one forum entry where it happened. Your just jealous of my Bionic Antelope! I hate to see ya all tore up inside like that. (; Besides, if it does explode (and I survive) I can throw the shwag on another frame cheap. By the way you are way wrong on the thud buster. It does make a huge difference for a heavy rider like me. I hate full suspension so it saves my ass when it makes unexpected contact. Also, the 830 and 850( American made) do have a reputation for being very well constructed in an era without suspension (forged drops, dbl butted true temper platinum, heat treated joints, etc). the 820 is a completely different frame. So to assess the 800 series as a whole shows you are'nt all that familiar with them. I'm 40 years old and some of you younger guys don't remember the old days when we did insane **** on far lesser bikes up here in the mountains. Look, at least I don't have to be scared of ruining a $3000.00 bike my mom and dad bought for me. That's why they call it a Franken bike. I know the fork is really just an XC but for the money I dont think you could find one better. I've ridden alot of bikes and I guess I just like the idea of getting away with it, while everybody laughs. Maybe a personality disorder?? (: Sincerely, Yo Daddy.
    Wow Daddy. I'm impressed.

    And I think you ALL should be too. *pointing to all of you, yes, YOU too* This guy is the schnizz.
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    And no it's not a frankenbike.

    Frame ….. DMR Sidekick2
    Fork ….. FOX, Talas RLC
    Rear Shock ….. None
    Rims ….. Sun Ringle MTX
    Hubs ….. Shimano XT front, Hadely Rear
    Spokes ….. DT Competition
    Tires ….. 26x2.35 Kenda Nevegal front, Specialized Resolution Pro rear(Until I get a 2.1 nevegal in.)
    Pedals ….. Speedplay Drillium
    Crank ….. Fsa Gravity Light
    Chain ….. Weipperman Connex
    Rear Cogs ….. xt 11-32
    Bottom Bracket ….. FSA
    Front Derailleur ….. E.thirteen SRS
    Rear Derailleur ….. Shimano XTR
    Shifter ….. Shimano XT
    Handlebars ….. FSA Gravity Carbon OS mid rise, 710mm length.
    Stem ….. FSA Gravity Light OS 50mm
    Headset ….. King
    Brakeset ….. Avid Juicy Sevens with Dangerboy lever blades
    Saddle ….. Selle Italia Flite Classic
    Seat Post ….. Thomson Elite

    Weight: 27.8 pounds.

    I worked insanely hard on and off the bike for what I have. Others here do as well, so I would honestly suggest to not go making dumb broad generalizations of the people here.
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