Component transfer

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Funtboy, 2 Aug 2012.

  1. Funtboy

    Funtboy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    London via Jarrow
    Hi all,

    This is quite a big question but I was wondering how many of you had done a complete component transfer from one frame to another. I fancy making a second knock-about bike out of the components from my old bike (whose frame sadly cracked).

    My old bike was this (minus the carbon forks; it just had standard ones)

    http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/BikeSpecs.aspx?Year=2008&Brand=Gary Fisher&Model=Mendota&Type=bike

    I'm looking to transfer the parts onto some old/cheap frame which is disc brake compatible.

    I had a look round and found this..

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BANKRUPT-...sure_cycling_bikeparts_SR&hash=item588ea0737c

    Are there any obvious reason why a transfer would be problematic? What are the tricky areas?

    Cheers,

    Funtboy

    <<edit>> I can't get the Gary Fisher link to copy and paste properly. You'll have to copy and paste the whole think if you want to help, cheers...
     
  2. PpPete

    PpPete Guru

    Location:
    Chandler's Ford
    Headset may or may not be compatible with the new frame.
    Otherwise should be straighforward(ish)
     
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    Funtboy

    Funtboy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    London via Jarrow
    Cheers,

    If I got a compatibe headset, would my handlebars fit okay do you think? I realise this is all very speculative but I just want to assess the problem areas.

    Also, what out the bottom bracket? Are they generally pretty standard in size?

    Cheers again...
     
  4. accountantpete

    accountantpete Legendary Member

    I once bought a new frame without headset and forks - never again.

    It was a nightmare trying to identify the correct headset for the model and when I got it the headtube needed to be reamed for it to fit.

    You may also need a new seatpost and clamp.


    Better to pay a bit extra and get a frame with the whole lot fitted.
     
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    Funtboy

    Funtboy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    London via Jarrow
    Oh right. Sound ominous...
     
  6. Andy_R

    Andy_R Hard of hearing..I said Herd of Herring..oh FFS..

    Location:
    County Durham
    It can also be enormously satisfying and great fun identifying, sourcing, and fitting everything you need. Your mechanical skills will improve greatly too. There is now not a single job I wouldn't do myself when it comes to bike maintenance and repair.
     
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  7. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    made the same mistake as well in buying a frame without getting forks and a headset to suit included , if i buy a frame set i now try and always insist that forks and headset included
     
  8. PpPete

    PpPete Guru

    Location:
    Chandler's Ford
    You will probably be OK swopping the BB over. Likely to be both English thread
     
  9. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    One or two bits may not go over as said above. So be prepared.
     
  10. The front mech may also not fit depending whether it's a band on or braze on fitting, and also depending on the tube diameter.

    +1 for all the other advice above.

    It's a great thing to do. I've built a few bikes now and the feeling of knowing you built your own bike, (frame aside) is a great buzz :smile:


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    Funtboy

    Funtboy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    London via Jarrow
    Ha, looks like I've got myself a project. Thanks for all your input.

    Anybody know a good source of cheap frames?
     
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