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    My new old bike

    I picked up this frame in almost brand new condition, used maybe a dozen times. It's an '04 Marin Rock Springs. I built it up with some parts off my old Marin HT (still hanging on to that frame, thinking about a nice SS for the trail...) and some new parts. I serviced the rear shock because it had been sitting for a few years.

    Looking for any tips on my setup, weaknesses, etc... I'm on a tight budget and plan on upgrading parts if/when I kill them. I want something that gives me the best of both worlds, I love a good technical climb as much as a downhill. I don't do any really big stuff, but I enjoy a good rock garden, medium drops, big-ish rollers.

    It's kind of heavy, but that doesn't bother me too much. I've got an old set of Sun Blackeye rims in reserve if I kill the ritcheys, both sets are true, so I figured I'd work through both of them before upgrading to something stronger. I've got an 85mm stem on the way to replace the 120mm monster on there now.

    * Frame Size & Color: 17.5" 2004 Marin Rock Springs - Dark Silver
    * Fork: 130mm Rock Shox Tora 302 Solo Air
    * Brakes: Avid BB7 Mechanical 160mm rear, 203mm front
    * Cranks: Shimano something or other - 22, 36, and BBG bashguard
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano XT
    * Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT
    * Pedals: Shimano pd-M520
    * Stem: Marin (off old HT)
    * Handlebar: Marin (off old HT)
    * Seatpost: Marin stock
    * Saddle: WTB Vigo
    * Bottom Bracket: Shimano XT
    * Cassette: SRAM PG-950
    * Headset: WTB Momentum Comp
    * Grips: Bad*ss barbwire grips, nashbar bar ends
    * Front Tire: Panaracer FireXCpro 2.1
    * Front Rim: Ritchey Rock Comp
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Diatech disc QR
    * Rear Tire: Panaracer Trailblaster 2.1
    * Rear Rim: Ritchey OCR Comp
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Diatech disc QR
    * Weight: 32.4


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    looks like a solid build. what brand is the 85mm stem? thats kinda an odd size. one thing that i would recomend that would improve your ride greatly is drop a moco cart in your fork. it only gots like $50 or so.

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    It's an Easton Vice AM stem. I was afraid 90mm would still be too much and 70mm wouldn't be enough, so this was the happy medium (and it was only $15...).

    Thanks for the tip on the MoCo, didn't know that was an option. That one is going on the list!

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    ahhh, yeah. easton does have kinda funky sizing.

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    Looks nice ... hope you are enjoying the ride. While a tad heavy, it is indeed a sweet, plush ride. I always liked it .... . But "A Dozen Times".... ha ha ha ha ha

    Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrm1
    Looks nice ... hope you are enjoying the ride. While a tad heavy, it is indeed a sweet, plush ride. I always liked it .... . But "A Dozen Times".... ha ha ha ha ha

    Enjoy
    Honestly, the thing looked so cherry when I got it, I didn't think it could have any more time on it than that. Thanks for taking good care of her!



    I've made a few more changes:
    - Switched out the stem for the shorter 85mm, handles so much better!
    - Tried without the bar ends and didn't miss them one bit, now just locking grips.
    - Traded in the SPD's on some flats.
    - Currently hunting for an Alpine Link kit to slacken it up a bit. Trying to pick one up used, but Marin still sells them as replacement parts.

    Gotta get a new picture up...

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    Hope you can find the Alpine Link ... here is what convinced me

    Alpine Link kit??

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    Oh BTW ... sometimes Rode (moderately) Hard ... But NEVER put away Wet.
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    Nice! Good to know my bike had an exciting former life!!

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    Here's a fresh shot with recent mods. I want to get a picture of her out on the trail, but I'm a little nervous I'll smash my camera in the process...


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