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Old 10-27-14, 01:23 PM
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Which would you do?

I have two old school bikes (see below) and I need to combine them to make one decent bike to carry me through the next 1-2 seasons until I can afford a modern bike. Right now my wife is starting her own business, so any spare money goes to that, hence my wait.

I have the following:

Bike 1
2001 Jamis Dakar Expert.
8-speed XT/XTR component mix
Race Face Evolve XC crank
Hayes Hydraulic disc brakes (new pads and rotors)
XT disk wheelset
Manitou Black Super Air 100mm
Rock Shox Monarch rear shock (new)
28+ lbs

The problems with this bike:
1) The crankset is crap, it creaks, the chainline was never right, the shifting is marginal at best. It chews up bottom brackets.
2) The rear hub (HB-M756) is shot. I got some cones from wheels mfgr'ing that helped, but the races are toast. The rear wheel rattles around on the axle like a hula hoop on a broomstick.


Bike 2
1997 Trek 9700 OCLV
9-speed SLX drivetrain, bought on clearance a few years ago, still almost new.
LX V-brakes. (I hate V-brakes)
Performance Topo Wheelset (cheap, but so far the hubs are still good)
Manitou Black Super Air 80mm
4 lbs lighter than the Jamis

The problems with this bike:
1) I *hate* V-brakea
2) The 80mm Manitou sucks. It had a lockout that broke and Manitou sent me an insert to replace it, and it's never felt right.
3) It's a hard tail, and I sort of like a FS rig.

Would you:

1) Combine the decent parts (i.e. fork) from the Jamis onto the Trek and have a decent, light hardtail, and live with the V-brakes?
2) Put the wheels/drivetrain/etc from the Trek onto the Jamis and have a working (but even heavier) FS rig?
3) Something else entirely?
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Old 10-27-14, 02:17 PM
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Well I think if you take the fork from the Jamis, you are going to also have to take the disc brakes and wheel for the front as well. So, you would at least end up with discs up front and v's in the back. I have seen plenty of department store bikes set up this way. Maybe look for some very good pads for the rear. Pads are cheap.

I prefer a hardtail...lighter, less maintenance, etc. I am off the saddle going down hill or over rough terrain, so I am not so sure I ever care for a rear shock.

OR, sell them both and put that money into something else. 1997 carbon....well, carbon has come a long way in 17 years.

You could still go in cheap until you find something you really like when your budget allows

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Well I think if you take the fork from the Jamis, you are going to also have to take the disc brakes and wheel for the front as well. So, you would at least end up with discs up front and v's in the back.
Actually now that you mention it, I'd have no choice. The Jamis fork has no brake bosses, so I'd have to run discs up front.

I thought about selling both, but who's gonna want 26" bikes? Especially a well used, 17 year old carbon one! I doubt selling both bikes would even get me a decent fork.

As far as FS vs hardtail, when I look at my ride data, I'm faster for the first hour on the hardtail, but I very rarely ride for that little time. Most of my rides are 2-1/2 to 4 hrs, and after that first one, the bumps start taking a toll on my old body and my average plummets. My average on my FS is consistent through the entire ride pretty much.

Now that's with the wonky fork on the Trek. The Jamis fork is a LOT better, so that might help.
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Dakar Expert was one of the 'go-to' FS bikes of its day and, really, it's still a fine bike. As long as the suspension itself is in good condition, make that one rideable and you'll have a serviceable rig to get you by.
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Dakar Expert was one of the 'go-to' FS bikes of its day and, really, it's still a fine bike. As long as the suspension itself is in good condition, make that one rideable and you'll have a serviceable rig to get you by.
I only paid $150 for that frame too, and it's the last horst link Dakar. The suspension is in decent shape (serviced/lubed it this past spring) and everything looked fine. I lube it up every spring to keep it from getting bunged up.
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