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Old 07-08-13, 09:16 PM   #1
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Opinions on older MTB for a newb's first.

http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/bik/3922820930.html

Opinions on this bike for a starter mtb. Not looking to do anything crazy, and I have been more interested in hard tails, but for the price I thought this might be worth checking out.

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If it's the proper size, pedals, shifts, and the shock isn't blown it's the best 150 dollar bike I've ever seen posted here. I would prefer it over a 1K hardtail. Needs a shorter fork though, something in the 100-130mm travel range. Biggest downside is the inability to convert to rear disc brakes. One of the last USA made Specclized frames, super stiff and well suited for a clyde.

WTF is a mob?
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If it's the proper size, pedals, shifts, and the shock isn't blown it's the best 150 dollar bike I've ever seen posted here. I would prefer it over a 1K hardtail. Needs a shorter fork though, something in the 100-130mm travel range. Biggest downside is the inability to convert to rear disc brakes. One of the last USA made Specclized frames, super stiff and well suited for a clyde.

WTF is a mob?
At first I thought it was going to be a thread on a black market mob frame.
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WTF is a mob?
I read that and saw the price in your post before I looked at the link, and thought he found a Blk Mrkt Mob for $150.

EDIT: Dan beat me to it.
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Dang auto correct on my iPad. Hahahhah I guess mtb becomes mob if I am not carefull. I may give the guy a call tomorrow, it seems like the frame alone may be worth the price.
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I read that and saw the price in your post before I looked at the link, and thought he found a Blk Mrkt Mob for $150.
Me three. Wouldn't have clicked it otherwise.

Now WTF is a news first?
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Me three. Wouldn't have clicked it otherwise.

Now WTF is a news first?
"Newbs first". Man I suck hahahaha
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crypt is the local spelling and grammar police. The dude can say more in less words than anyone I know.

Welcome to the thread Jimbojo. Former Farmingtonite here. Loved the trails around ALBQ. Tons of trails east of the valley. The ski resort has a number of kick-butt options as well. I predict your summer is gonna be a blast.
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I'll fix it just to eliminate the ambiguity; but damn it's funny - - looks like me typing into a smart phone with its #$#$%^^&^& autocorrect.

For the record, agree 1000% with cryptid - - $150 well spent. I think Spec. should re-release the shark-fin adapter to give all of these older FSRs a new lease on life.




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I think Spec. should re-release the shark-fin adapter to give all of these older FSRs a new lease on life.
I know where there's a mint '98 Elite sitting in storage...Vanilla TC, BETD linkage, MRP roller bearing pivots...but no shark fin.
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I know where there's a mint '98 Elite sitting in storage...Vanilla TC, BETD linkage, MRP roller bearing pivots...but no shark fin.
So it would be this but with the BETD link? Damn! That was bike-o'-my-dreams back in the day. If I didn't already have THE SuperBike, I'd be tempted.


My other FSR objet du desir:


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So it would be this but with the BETD link?
Exactly. The X vert R is long gone (thankfully) and I think it's got a 6" jr T on it right now (which is too tall and why I advised something 130mm or shorter). I had a 5" jr T on my 98 Pro and it was dialed. When I broke that Pro frame, before I warrantied it I swapped the link and the twin clicker shock to my buddy for the OE Vanilla R off his Elite, and it's sat in his barn ever since.

Which reminds me Jimbojo, if you do go look at that 97, check the seatstays for longitudinal cracks near the stress risers by the brake studs. If the bike has been thrashed that will likely be a problem area.

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My other FSR objet du desir:
I wanted one of those single ring only, box section rear triangles so bad after I saw the one on Palmer's 98 WC bike (the black one with flame job).

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The SB is probably too slack for the tight mini ramp work.
This is not Palmer, circa 98-99, clipped in, and all you helmet nazis can suck it:


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So I am going to check out this bike after work. Original owner since 1997, 17" frame (should be about my size), most of the components have been changed and or upgraded as the bike has been ridden quite a bit, but she says she is 115 lbs and has never abused it. I'll look closely for any kind of stress cracks as suggested above, but with a small rider, I dont expect much. I'll post pics if I buy it.

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115 pounds, take a pizza with you.
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So I had to pass on the Specialized FSR, the frame did look ok, other than a number of scrapes, but most of the components were shot and none were original. This Lady had ridden the heck out of this bike. She even said she wanted a new bike cuz she was tired of putting money into this one. If I was looking for a project I might have got it, but I figure it needed the whole drive train replaced and probably the front fork, at least rebuilt. The original Deore stuff was gone, replaced with Altus, except the shifters, and that stuff was worn. So the hunt continues, I still think I will look for a hard tail, easier for a noob to maintain.

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