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Can I swap the components on my larger bike to a smaller frame?

Old 07-14-13, 02:19 AM
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Can I swap the components on my larger bike to a smaller frame?

Hey guys what's up


I'm new here, just bought my first full suspension bike and I love it but I think I might have purchased the wrong size. I was fitted out for a medium and when I ride the bike it feels great, the bike is pretty much brand new because the people that rode it before me never took it out. The original owner was an older gentleman and the second owner was my height but about 80lbs heavier, I'm 5'6" and weight about 170

The one thing that trips me out is that when I stand over the frame with my feet on the floor I have to stand on one leg witch I now realize that it shouldn't happen. After I ride the bike for a bit I think the suspension settles down and I can stand just fine.


Well my question is, should I find a smaller bike frame and swamp out the components? And is that even possible? I'm only asking because everything is seriously brand new, the previous owner got it tuned before I bought it and all they did was change the housing on the break cables. I even got the receipt from that and they told me to take it in to prove that it happened.



The bike I have is a 09 sette venom medium. I found a guy who has a 09 Santa Cruz v10 medium and he's gonna let me ride his bike to see if maybe its just my type of frame that's weird for me. If it fits me right then ill probably buy his frame and just swap all my goodies on to it. Or if its possible ill buy a small frame and swap everything.


Well guys I hope you can help me out with this, I know it might sound stupid but if you guys saw the condition of the gear then you would probably try to salvage as much as possible.
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Old 07-15-13, 10:34 PM
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Ok, the first thing to know when considering swapping a frame is whether there's any point in doing so. Meaning the bike costs enough to be worth the expense, and that you can expect most components to fit on the new frame, and that you actually gain something in doing it.

Not being able to stand over the bike is a big problem. However I do not get what you mean by being able to stand over it after riding some... That shouldn't happen unless the suspension is packing up because the rebound damping is too high.

But, anyway, check that your fork will actually work. And you need the shock to go with the V10, because it's almost certainly not the same shock size or specification as the Viper. Check the seatpost diameter on both bikes. From there you can diligently check everything else, if you want, but most likely it will work.
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Old 07-16-13, 12:03 AM
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It really comes down to what you want to swap. A few things, like shocks, are frame-specific; drivetrain stuff is rarely so specific, neither are brakes, stems, bars, etc.

If, for example, one bike has a 135mm rear hub, and the other has a 150mm hub, it won't work. If the BB is 68/73mm on one, and 83 or 100 on the other, OOPS! Things like that. But derailleurs often go from bike to bike easily. (At least, the rear d's do....)
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Your size probably puts you on a small sized frame so going to another medium isn't going to help much.
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Originally Posted by Canker View Post
Your size probably puts you on a small sized frame so going to another medium isn't going to help much.
Whoa, I didn't notice 5'6". Yes, you are probably right that the v10 medium still won't be right.
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Go small. I'm the same size as you and I feel "connected" on a small.
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