I really like this bike, and I go on the trail daily, so I need something durable. Mountain biking is the only form of exercise which has captivated me into doing it (recently within last six months),Problem is, I think it is a '96 or '97 frame, and the lower frame bushing is squeaking, I have attached a pic. I drench it in chain oil, which reduced the sound about 80%, but it's still there. I cannot seem to locate a retailer that sells a lower bushing for that particular bike, or if they do, they are not sure and I have to pay for it first not knowing if it will fit. Just wondering what my options are to replace this bushing? Do I eventually have to replace the entire frame bc I cannot locate stock bushings? Is it possible a machinist of some sort would be able to make something for me to replace that? If I did decide to replace the frame ( i have invested $$$ in all the extras) would I be able to replace it with any modern mountain bike frame and all the parts would fit into the new frame -- wheels, chain, crankshafts, etc, etc, all go onto any mountain bike frame?
thanks you so much for your ideas!
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