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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-17-2006, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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bicycle project

So I did a little work on Jobee's R6 and he gave me his '99 gary fisher x-calibur. I was pretty excited as this would be a good bike for the wife, but it turned into a bit of a project.

the bike was tired, ridden hard and put away wet. front brake was toast, fork was toast, shifterpod for the rear was bad, and the adjuster on the rear derailer was bad.

I was able to salvage the frame(its quite nice despite the wonky rear brake mount, and tired paint), headset, rear brake, BB, cranks, rear cassette, wheels, and chain.

the frame had a lot of stickers and was covered in paint chips so I stripped it down, and sent it it to lo-ko for powdercoating. Once I got it back I regreased everything and reassembled it. Replacement parts included new front brake(deore 8"), new fork(rock shox judy xc), used xt shifter pods, used xt rear derailer, azonic headlock(does away with that lame star fangled nut), probably a couple odds and ends I'm forgetting.

I forgot to take pictures of before so I'll include a small photo I found of a stock one. Next picture is the bare frame, final pictures are of the completed bike. I probably could have bought a decent bike for what I ended up spending but I learned a lot.

Just in time for winter!!
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You put the bars on fucked up and the levers are too high.

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Cool project. nice Job.




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I know, havent adjusted yet. need to get wife on it for levers and I just tightened the bar anywhere.

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Ahhhh sorry Chris.. I actually didnt know it was in that bad of shape.
I knew it needed a tune up and brake work... I had no idea the forks were toast either. I owe you some Guinness at least!!\

BTW.. bike looks pimp!

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no worries man, it's all good. I learned a lot. The fork was functional but it was loosing too much oil for my liking and the brake mounting posts were not standard. that front brake was real bad, no amount of bleeding or swearing at it would get it to work.

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Ah okay, I wasn't sure if you knew how to position the bar or not. And I now see the rear brake mount funkiness.
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Ah okay, I wasn't sure if you knew how to position the bar or not. And I now see the rear brake mount funkiness.
the bar is probably close to right, you have to see it in person. the levers are pretty far off, lol. dude, that rear brake mount is fucking weird. No where close to the current standard and I doubt anyone makes a bracket to adapt. If this old hayes ever gives out I'll have to scour ebay for another used one, get rims for vbrakes, or toss the frame.

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Where did you find bike parts? I've got a similar project bike sitting in the garage. The only time it moves is when it's in the way

Any websites on this? I need to find out where to place the chain. I've got something screwed up on it.

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Where did you find bike parts? I've got a similar project bike sitting in the garage. The only time it moves is when it's in the way

Any websites on this? I need to find out where to place the chain. I've got something screwed up on it.

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i got a carbon fiber spacer on that fork, bling bling!!!

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the bar is probably close to right, you have to see it in person.
It looks at least 45* off. You want them to slope straight back towards the lower part of the seat tube.
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Where did you find bike parts? I've got a similar project bike sitting in the garage. The only time it moves is when it's in the way

Any websites on this? I need to find out where to place the chain. I've got something screwed up on it.

-Chris
If you can take a big ass pic of the rear derailleur, I can show you how to run it.
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If you can take a big ass pic of the rear derailleur, I can show you how to run it.
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If you can take a big ass pic of the rear derailleur, I can show you how to run it.
I know I'm doing something wrong. The way it's routed now, the first 7 or so gears are completely useless. I got the bike for free. I helped a buddy move a few times. After moving a mutual friend's bike TWICE without him picking it up (or ever calling to catch up), it was going home with me or the dumpster. I saved it, but it needed a new rear tire tube and front brake. I took the tire off to change the tube and must be routing the chain wrong.

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Grov - I just read your sig's - I love that crazy Brit

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Nice work, Chris. I hope to see you and the Mrs. out riding with us at Palos and Kettle next season...

Actually, if you're up for it we're hittin' Palos on the 28th for a nice fall ride. We've got Steve and Hans, Rachel is likely going, I'm trying to talk Maynard into going.

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