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Old 06-10-07, 09:10 AM
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Need you thoughts on a build

I did some searching but didnt come up w/ much. I have been out of the game for a while but getting back into it. I have a Balance AL450 frame (circa 93-95) that I am thinking about building as a do all for lack of a better term. W/ this frame am I going to have problems building it w/ modern components (spacifiaclly disc brakes). I always liked the bike but is it worth it to build it? Let me know what you think.
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Old 06-10-07, 09:44 AM
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i would say get a new frame like the mountain cycle rumble (low price)
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Old 06-10-07, 09:44 AM
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Unless you have disc mounting tabs on the rear of the frame, it's unlikely you'll be able to mount discs back there. A new fork with disc mounts would make it possible up front, but back in the mid-90's fork travel wasn't what it is today, so you may have a hard time finding something that doesn't screw up the geometry too much -- although an 80mm ought to work OK.

I don't know anything about Balance frames, but I do know that components cost so much nowadays that you'd probably get a better spec'd bike if you bought new than if you tried to bring back the Balance frame. But if you just want to restore a cherished frame and don't mind a little extra cost, that's cool too. Just don't expect it to be cheap.

Also, depending on what you mean "do all" you might find your frame won't take enough fork to "do all" comfortably -- remember, it's not just your bike that's 10 years older If you just mean commuting/street/XC use then you'll be fine with 80mm or thereabouts (maybe even less if your trails are fairly smooth); if you mean riding rough XC with some small jumps/drops/etc (what's being called "all mountain" now -- I know, I know, don't get into a definitional flame-war, I'm (over)simplifying it) you might want some more travel up front, like at least 100mm, more like 125mm or so.

Anyway, welcome back, riding bikes is fun.
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Old 06-10-07, 10:17 AM
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Thanks both of you. If I dont build this frame I will buy something new. Im moving to north Idaho & all the input that I am getting is its nice to have both a hardtail & a full suspension (Looking at a flaver of the Kona Stinky for that). When I said do all I ment all mountain & commuting/street. It's starting to sound like my frame is just to old.....Oh well. I would like some recommendations/thoughts for a hardtail or do the full suspension bikes have a lockout of some kind to make it a hardtail? I feel like I am having to relearn everything all over again sense everything has changed so much!
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Old 06-10-07, 10:46 AM
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Better FS bikes do have lockout front and rear. Better bikes also don't need it so much as you'll learn when you do some research into suspension technology.

Personally, I think if you get a nice fully, you won't ride the hardtail much anymore. Mine's on Craigslist after having not been ridden once since I got a Stumpy FSR.
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