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Old 04-27-07, 01:56 PM
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Help! Please!

While waiting to build up my Gran Mal, I recently got myself a heavily-used downhill bike and am having some “issues” with it. Maybe y'all (thanks, 66!) can help me.

First of all, it’s HEAVY. I think it’s like 180# or more; that’s not normal is it? It’s got GREAT suspension - - I think like 12” front and rear. But it’s got this funny, big aluminum gearbox thingy in the middle of the frame and only one pedal…actually it's more of a ratchet lever…on the right side, that I have to keep cranking on to make it move forward.

It seems to have five speeds, but there’s not much difference in ‘pedaling’ speed from one gear to the next. And it’s so heavy that it doesn’t carry any coasting speed on anything but the steepest hills.
It has a few redeeming features, though: it has a huge plastic water bottle mounted right on the top tube behind the headset. I had to reroute the outlet hose and install a bite valve and that worked out OK, but I still can’t seem to get the funny taste out of the bottle.

What I’m wondering is: do you think maybe putting on an XTR derailleur or kevlar cables might help lighten it up enough to be competitive in the Expert DH class? Hurry, I need to know because the season opener is coming up pretty soon. Thanks!
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Old 04-27-07, 01:58 PM
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convert it to a rigid 29er singlespeed

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Old 04-27-07, 02:34 PM
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Definitely. And you can remove every second spoke. It's not like they're all being used at once.
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Old 04-27-07, 02:46 PM
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Put some gas in it, 2-cycle most likely, then kick that lever.
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LS2 + NAWZ = Problem Solved
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Old 04-27-07, 03:20 PM
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I think taking the other pedal off, and the brakes off, will definately make you competitive... Lopes, watch out!

PS - Do you REALLY need the seat/seat post?
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Old 04-27-07, 04:41 PM
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You probably need the toughest, most advanced wheelset available.
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Old 04-27-07, 05:56 PM
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I hear Maxxis has a new Concrete wheelset - it might be just the thumper you'll need.
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just try kickstarting that thing
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yep, try pedaling that pedal on the right, backwards
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