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Old 05-28-09, 04:11 PM
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1996 Gary Fisher Mt. Tam help needed, please?

Hello everyone, I was so very much blessed today. In addition to being able to be vertical (as opposed to horizontal), a seller contacted me about a 1996 Gary Fisher that I had inquired about some time ago. Seems, the buyer before me was a no-show, and the seller contacted me, and I bought the bike for a low price. The bike is not complete. the front fork, stem, headset, front brakes are missing.
I'd like suggestions on which replacement parts to use. I do not want to spend a bunch on this bike. I'd like a front fork that is pretty much maintenance free, if possible.
Should I get a cartridge type headset, I saw one by Cane Creek, or try to find the original? Which length should the steerer tube on the fork be, how do I determine this? The head tube is 5.5 inches long, outside diameter is 1.75 inches, inside diameter is 1.375 inches. I am not sure, but think this head tube accepts a threadless 1.125 steerer tube. Here is a link to the specifications on Bikepedia:
http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...0Tam&Type=bike
Should I go with the stock handle bars or something different?
Does any one have a picture of a complete 1996 polished Aluminum Mt. Tam?
Here is my purchase:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3640/...c7bb5f6d_o.jpg

All comments and help is appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Uni
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Worth putting some $ into but not nuts. They were darned near the top of the GF line when they were new. Very nice riding bike

Same frame as mine I believe. Mine's a 2001. Started life like this:


Now looks like this:

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Worth putting some $ into but not nuts. They were darned near the top of the GF line when they were new. Very nice riding bike

Same frame as mine I believe. Mine's a 2001. Started life like this:


Now looks like this:
Nice bike CCrew, how do you like your fork?
Thanks,
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Nice bike CCrew, how do you like your fork?
Thanks,
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Fork's ok. Rather have a lockout, but running the air up in it pretty much serves the same purpose. It's the original on mine. Biggest issue is finding another short travel that won't whack the geometry of the bike because that's it's strong point (other than the fact that even converted to disc the bike only weighs 24lbs)

I picked mine up on CL for $150. Fully rebuilt from the ground up I have like $700 in it total. Fastest hardtail I own, which is why I kept it.. I basically just ride it up to the singletrack area a couple miles from my house and play with it.

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Fork's ok. Rather have a lockout, but running the air up in it pretty much serves the same purpose. It's the original on mine. Biggest issue is finding another short travel that won't whack the geometry of the bike because that's it's strong point (other than the fact that even converted to disc the bike only weighs 24lbs)

I picked mine up on CL for $150. Fully rebuilt from the ground up I have like $700 in it total. Fastest hardtail I own, which is why I kept it.. I basically just ride it up to the singletrack area a couple miles from my house and play with it.

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Hi CCrew, I saw a MANITOU SX Answer that will probably run me about $70.00. I'm willing to spend up to $100 or so, for a used fork. Which can you recommend? So, I should stay under 100mm travel in order not to wreck the Genesis Geometry?
What's your opinion of the Rock Shox SID XC?
Thanks,
Uni

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what adapter did you use for the rear brake, as that frame doesn't have disk mounts? There are a few brands out there, just wondering what your using, and if you've had any issues with it.
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what adapter did you use for the rear brake, as that frame doesn't have disk mounts? There are a few brands out there, just wondering what your using, and if you've had any issues with it.
Trek makes an adapter to fit their hardtail frames. Like $12.99 at the LBS. They want too much at this link, but this is it.. Bolts right to the dropout in the ready-made holes. I've had no issues with them, have them on 2 bikes.

http://cycleworksinc.com/itemdetails.cfm?id=3964
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Thanks bud. We've used them at the shop before, and like them. Just couldn't see what one you had in the pic. The strap on ones suck tho.
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I have a used manitou ellete off of a 2002 Gary Fisher Tass sitting in my parts box.
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Overhauled my old 1999 Gary Fisher Kaitai with new parts...





New drivetrain, new brakes, new handlebars and stem, mathing seatpost and seat (but haven't had pictures yet)

Now it's just as good as any new hardtail!!!

btw I use a 100-120mm adjustable fork... with sag and everything it brings the travel of the fork down... going from 80 to 100mm doesn't affect the Genesis geometry too much... still handles nice and climbs even better with the riser bars.

Good luck with your build.
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Originally Posted by wildpanda86 View Post
Overhauled my old 1999 Gary Fisher Kaitai with new parts...


New drivetrain, new brakes, new handlebars and stem, mathing seatpost and seat (but haven't had pictures yet)

Now it's just as good as any new hardtail!!!

btw I use a 100-120mm adjustable fork... with sag and everything it brings the travel of the fork down... going from 80 to 100mm doesn't affect the Genesis geometry too much... still handles nice and climbs even better with the riser bars.

Good luck with your build.

Thanks Wildpanda, very nice bike,
Uni
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Old 06-02-09, 05:15 AM
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Here are 3 forks that I'm now considering for the G.F. Mt. Tam. I'm not sure of the travel on the Marzocchi Bomber, does anyone on the forum know what it is?
So, which is a better fork and why?

Marzocchi Bomber

1998 Rock Shox SID

MANITOU SX-Ti

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That is a freaking sweet ride!!! I just got done rebuilding up a 96 Fisher HKEK to use as a backup bike. Those older frames rock!! I am guessing though that is when the aluminum frames where just getting popular? Have fun building it up.

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Here are 3 forks that I'm now considering for the G.F. Mt. Tam. I'm not sure of the travel on the Marzocchi Bomber, does anyone on the forum know what it is?
depends on the model and year. Mine says Bomber on it but it's an Atom 2 Air. That's 65mm. They're also made in 80 and 100 depending on model and year.
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Hello forum, looks like my fork choices are limited by the cantilever brakes. I had hoped to use these brakes with a Rock Shox SID, but doesn't look like that's going to happen. I've got to get a fork that will work with Canti's, and has the cable stop.
All comments and help is appreciated.
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