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Old 07-10-12, 06:37 PM   #1
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Walmart Thruster fixie bike? modification?

Thinking about buying one of these Walmart bikes, removing the wheels, handlbar, and cranks with some brand name parts i find off of craigslist locally.

does that sound like a good idea?

im thinking the frame won't be too bad with velocity deep v's, profile h20 track drops and a new crank/gear and a better chain.

good idea or no?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Thruster-7...-Bike/17206771


keep in mind the color scheme won't be there because ONLY THE FRAME WILL BE USED FOR A PROJECT, EVERYTHING ELSE WILL BE REPLACED AND SOLD
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Old 07-10-12, 06:41 PM   #2
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BD moto track and call it a day.
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Old 07-10-12, 06:42 PM   #3
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No. If you're trying to change every part on this bike, just start with a different, higher quality bike to begin with.
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Old 07-10-12, 06:42 PM   #4
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No. You can get a better bike for less off the internet or used than those upgrades will cost you.

Converting a Thruster is worse than converting a road bike. Just say no.

Terrible, terrible idea.
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Old 07-10-12, 07:01 PM   #5
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Mcfixie!
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Doesn't sound like a good idea to me, neither. The idea of the Moto Track from BD sounds much better. Even the SST Steel from BD is a better choice and cost less than the Moto.
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Old 07-10-12, 07:27 PM   #7
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If we're getting a fgfs forum can we get a thruster sub forum
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Bad idea. Never buy a bike to upgrade everything. That's a way to make a cheap bike way expensive. Just buy the Walmart bike and ride it. Nothing wrong with that.
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If we're getting a fgfs forum can we get a thruster sub forum
Buuuut mooooom!
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wrong thread....

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Old 07-10-12, 07:48 PM   #11
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Mmmmm....40lbs of "handcrafted" goodness.
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Mmmmm....40lbs of "handcrafted" goodness.
It actually weights around 30-32lb range.

Or you could see it as this, which one would survive better jumping the bike off a curb, this Thruster? Or your personal bike? I have my money on the Thruster.

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Old 07-10-12, 08:10 PM   #13
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It actually weights around 30-32lb range.

Or you could see it as this, which one would survive better jumping the bike off a curb, this Thruster? Or your personal bike? I have my money on the Thruster.
My bike goes off curbs every time I ride it, and I don't see your point.
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I take my bike of curbs daily, and steps.

and no I would never pick a thruster over my bike.
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It actually weights around 30-32lb range.

Or you could see it as this, which one would survive better jumping the bike off a curb, this Thruster? Or your personal bike? I have my money on the Thruster.
I was just looking at the shipping weight specs, I really don't care one way or another. But if I did, my .50 would be on my bike. 1974 steel in all her glory. Anyday. Anytime.
2 shiney quarters.

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Old 07-10-12, 10:26 PM   #16
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We gotta sticky or create a thread specifically about this bike. Maybe we can create a collaborative essay on why not to get the bike, and suggestions as to what to get instead. It's getting crazy now.
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Drunk beater or polo bike are the only worthwhile applications I can think of for one.
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The Mongoose Sinsure would be a much better alternative to a Thruster. It's only about fifty bucks more...
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The Mongoose Sinsure would be a much better alternative to a Thruster. It's only about fifty bucks more...
what makes it a better bike? what should i look for in a single speed road bike?

sorry im new to nice bikes.
i've only had discount store bikes all of my life.

the shipping weight of the bike will not be the true weight of the bike btw
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what makes it a better bike? what should i look for in a single speed road bike?

sorry im new to nice bikes.
i've only had discount store bikes all of my life.

the shipping weight of the bike will not be the true weight of the bike btw
Both bikes are dept. store bikes.
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It actually weights around 30-32lb range.

Or you could see it as this, which one would survive better jumping the bike off a curb, this Thruster? Or your personal bike? I have my money on the Thruster.
the one with better wheels and fork, but you seem to know a lot about bikes.
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what makes it a better bike? what should i look for in a single speed road bike?

sorry im new to nice bikes.
i've only had discount store bikes all of my life.

the shipping weight of the bike will not be the true weight of the bike btw
Traditionally hi-tensile steel bikes have had to have thicker tubing than chromoly steel bikes, in order to maintain their strength. Though both models are made from hi-tensile steel, the Thruster's tubing appears to be noticeably thinner than that of the Mongoose Sinsure.

Also, the Thruster has more plastic containing components than the Sinsure does, as well.
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the one with better wheels and fork, but you seem to know a lot about bikes.
Wheels and fork are not the only things that go off the curb, the rest of the bike goes too.

When I take my road bike off of sweet jumps I worry about snapping a chainstay more that I think about the fork or the wheels.

If you are going to get a bunch of used parts for a bike, go ahead and get a used frame also.
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