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Old 05-06-10, 08:49 PM   #1
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Hello everybody,

I have this bike: http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...le/2344/32157/

and I'm thinking about purchasing this frameset: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...team_track.htm

and swapping everything. Some thoughts on this? Specifically, I am wondering if my crank will easily go on... I'm not very mechanically inclined. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-08-10, 01:39 AM   #2
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I guess they should work together, the are the same type of bike basically from what I can tell. The BB shells are probably the same 68 mm.
What is going on with the Moby seattube? It looks like an elliptical tube but with a round seatpost?
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The bottom bracket and crank will transfer over just fine. You'll need a bottom bracket tool and a crank puller for ISO square taper. Also a lockring tool, some good lithium or molybdenum grease like Phil Woods (or go to Autozone). Allen wrenches to swap over the seatpost, saddle, stem, handlebars. Metric, probably a 6mm, 8mm, 10mm. You probably already have a 15mm wrench for removing the wheels. And you'll need a chain breaker. Get a good one, the cheap ones are a pain to use.

www.sheldonbrown.com and www.parktool.com to help you out. Bottom bracket comes out lefty-loosey on the drive side but righty-loosey on the other side.
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...so you are downgrading your frameset?

Cranks and BB are easy to install with the right tools--- which are cheap. The only challenge is installing a headset if you don't have the right tools.

My only concern--- and no disrespect to BD--- but how much frame prep is required--- facing, chasing and reaming?

Everything should be compatible.
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Thanks everybody for your help!

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...so you are downgrading your frameset?
You really think it's a downgrade? I got a deal on the Bowery, so I bought it even though it's a bit small for me. Now I want a larger frame. The slanted TT on the Bowery also erks me. I want a track style frame and the BD seemed as good as any, but if you can recommend a better one that doesn't cost an arm and a leg I'd definitely consider it.
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