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    Bike builders...with old school experience, is this possible? (26 to 29 conversion)

    A long time ago (1994), in a far away land, I worked at a bike shop and bought a blem GT Zaskar LE frame which I built up with top end gear from that day, including the Shamano XTR group stuff, cook brother cranks, the "new" v-brakes, Judy SL front shock/fork, etc. etc. I rode it casually due to a heavy work schedule, so the stuff is not beat up.

    My questions are these....

    1. Is is possible to re-use/cannibalize the good gear (from 1994) on a 29 frame? (I REALLY like the disc brakes and bigger wheels).
    2. it smarter to just buy a new built/complete bike?
    3. Is it cost effective (versus buying a new pre-built bike)?
    4. Are there any advantages in using the old gear (I heard some of the old items are tanks and might be worth using)?

    Also, I'm 6'5 and weigh about 225 lbs (hence the reason I got the Zaskar frame to begin with)

    Clue me in...I knew it back in the day, I don't now.

    Many thanks.
    Last edited by ZASKAR GT; 07-11-2013 at 02:16 PM.

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    I'm getting the impression from reading the internet that a new, already built bike may be the way to go...

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    You should be able to use your drivetrain, no problem. XTR has always been nice stuff. Of course, you'll need to find new wheels and a new fork, and there aren't many rim brake 29er frames out there, so count on new brakes as well.

    But yes, it may generally be more cost effective to just buy a new bike. Keep the GT to remind you of the old days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    it may generally be more cost effective to just buy a new bike. Keep the GT to remind you of the old days.
    New bikes generally perform better than their 80's and 90's predecessors. But there's just something about a nice vintage bike. I second keeping the GT. Good luck on your search.
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