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November 22nd, 2002, 06:52 PM
I have a 2001 I-Drive 2.0. The component changes I have made are just non-disk XT hubs laced to WTB Laser Beam rims. I have $300, and want disk brakes and a wheelset and anything else that'll keep me alive on hucks up to 10 feet feet. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Anyone willing to sell me some stuff for a reasonable price would be even better!
November 26th, 2002, 01:49 PM
You could get set up with some Avid Disk for that $. As far doing 10ft hucks on an I-Drive, I think you're gonna need a new frame after a few of those. Not the best Hucking bike based on what I've seen and heard.
November 26th, 2002, 04:33 PM
I've seen Hayes Mech's for $95 f/r and Deore Disks laced to Sun Rhyno Lites for $90. I have also added a Syncros DH riser. I've done a six footer with my stock setup (flat bar and xc rims) and everything was fine. I know the frames that were braking were the I-Drive 1.0's. If someone wants some disk hubs, check the ad page, I have some for sale.
November 28th, 2002, 10:28 AM
i would highly advise against using your i-drive 2.0 for hucking. i used to have one but the frame cracked. the linkage bolt from the shock to the top part of the frame is a design flaw. where the hole for the washers is, the frame curves inward with rounded corners. there are bushings between the bushings that go in the shock eyelet and the frame. this is because the frame curves the sides over so shock-eyelet bushings. the washers that are on the outside of the frame should go into the shock-eyelet bushings. instead they go into the bushings between the shock-eyelet-bushings and the frame. this puts all the stress on a small bolt that's suppose to hold them all together. this bolt cracks where the threads start. this acts like a lever, bending your frame as pressure continues to be put on the shock. this will result in the frame strength being severely crippled (aluminum strength is cut in half every time is't bent). even if you don't bend teh frame, those bolts are expensive and super hard to find. my frame is suppose to be getting warrantied but i was suppose to get it 2 months ago. and pacific isn't honoraing any more gt warranties. however i would like to note that i bent my frame by going off about an 18 inch drop and i weigh about 230lbs. if you're lighter, it might last you longer.
for what your doing, i would reccomend that you upgrade to a new frame. santa cruz bullits are quit popular and about $1200. that would be great for 10ft drops. a more all around bike would be the heckler for about $1050.
although these are far more than the $300 you were looking to spend, they'll probably last you a long time. you can check them out at ttp://santacruzmtb.com/ or at these bikeshops: bellmont wheelwork, international bicycles, and there's probabably many more. you moght also want to check out ebay because they seem to have a few.
another cheaper frame with similiar design is the bullit knockoff : weyless 67 which can be seen at http://www.supergo.com/itemdisplay.asp?compflag=1&parentid=20599&company= Weyless&secid=7559&subid=1818 . it goes for about $700.
or there's always beefed up hardtails like: kona chute, norco torrent, both of which have a few models to chose from. then ther;s locals like sinister bikes and evil bikes. just about every company has some sort of beefed up hardtails but the previously mentioned are the most noteworthy (in my opinion).
or you can go to your lbs and ask them whata they think of the situation
December 3rd, 2002, 09:07 PM
mr idrive i have a 99 xcr2000 all xtr sun lite wheels marzocchi z1fr qr20 you will need a ruckus idrive frame to handle 10 footers also the fox shock wont take that abuse you need a heavy duty coil shock. i also have an 03 bullitt with a 2003 z1fr qr20 plus 5th element i dont do huge drops but havent had any problems doing stuff i wouldnt do before. it seems to be more of a problem with gt frames breaking or cracking on larger size frames. also is anyone interested in a2003 boxxer race fork its collecting dust in my garage
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