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    Gary Fisher Wahoo disc conversion

    I may purchase a 09 GF wahoo with V-brakes at my LBS for 449+tax.

    I really want to convert it to disc. I can manage to go ahead and get a set of wheels that will accept rotors, a tektro aquila disc brake set and the mounting adapters for about 200.

    yeah or nay?


    Or my other option would be to just go ahead and buy the motobecane 700HT from bikesdirect and keep an eyes out for a wahoo frame and then swap everyting over from the motobecane...

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    Go with BB7s from PricePoint.

    Otherwise do what you want.

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    Cool thanks. I didnt know about PP.


    Do you guys know if I can just get hubs and swap them into my exsisting wheels?

    Or do I have to just get whole new wheels?

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    If you have the extra 200.00 right now, why don't you look around alittle and find something with discs already. Most likely you'll end up with a bike that has better components also, keep looking, I bet you can find everything you want in one shot and then just go riding. Good luck

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    Anything that had Avids at the shop was priced 800 and up. I am thinking I can do a low budget BB5 brake setup which is way better than the V-Brakes.

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    I've had bb5s and they are o.k. if you're not a big guy, any other LBS in town or close by you can check out?

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    Too late now. I already bought the GF Wahoo.

    Looks like I can get the BB7's some new wheels with deore Hubs and the cables with housing I need for right at 200 bucks.

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    The BB7s would be the way to go then, what rims are they?

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    They are these here.

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Wheelset.aspx

    A member here PM'd me about wheels he has for sale but they are silver color when I really want some black ones. I guess Im being picky.

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    BB7s are the best mech disc you can buy and getting the wheelset and all for around 200.00, not a bad deal at all. Congrats on the new ride, can't go wrong with a GF and have fun wrenching on your bike, I know I enjoy tinkering with mine.

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    Thanks man. I need to buy me a cassette tool as well. i think I can get that on jenson as well.

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    I bet the LBS you bought that from would remove and install it on your new hub for very little $, if not you'll have to buy the chain wrench and the socket to remove your cassette.

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    Thats a good idea. It really doesnt take that long to do it.

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    Sooner or later you will want hydraulics. Just buy them now and be done with it.
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    You need a chain whip and cassette tool.

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/145...et-Remover.htm

    I dont have the Price Point whip but I have a few of there other tools and they all seem to work well.

    Its real easy and you will be replacing chains and cassettes as they wear out so you may as well pick up the tools to do it yourself.
    http://www.ehow.com/how_14171_replac...-cassette.html
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    Thanks man. I need to buy me a cassette tool as well. i think I can get that on jenson as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197
    Sooner or later you will want hydraulics. Just buy them now and be done with it.
    Maybe maybe not.
    Depends a lot on what kind of riding you are going to be doing and to a lesser extent on your weight. If you are going to be riding flat dry terrain Vs are pretty darned good.

    I'm still not sold on Hydraulics after using them for 9 months.
    BB7s are real easy to maintain.
    Hayes Stroker Carbons aren't turning out to be exactly maintenace free.
    Noisy as well. When they are right they do tend to allow less hand fatigue in nasty terrain.

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    I was able to get everything I need to do the conversion, new wheels, cassette tool, chain wrap tool, new presta tubes, Avid BB7's and a Jagwire brake cable kit for 250.00 shipped.

    I figure if I sell my old stuff I can make a few bucks to offset the money I spent.

    I plan on installingit this week when I get it. I'lllet you guys know how it went.

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    Cable cutter? What wheels did you get?
    Big Foot Blue KHS XC704r

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    I have a cable cutter at home.

    I went with the Ryno wheels in all black from pricepoint.

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    Post some pics when you got her together, good luck

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    I will. Thanks to everyoen for their support and info. here is a picture of the bike stock.



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    black and white looks very badazz, like it alot.

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    Update:

    I get my brake parts Thursday. I should have the conversion done by Saturday morning since I get off of work late Thursday and I have to work Friday.

    I was able to make a chain whip tool with a old chain I had at home and a piece of aluminum bar. No need to go out and spend 30 bucks on one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atxjax
    Update:

    I get my brake parts Thursday. I should have the conversion done by Saturday morning since I get off of work late Thursday and I have to work Friday.

    I was able to make a chain whip tool with a old chain I had at home and a piece of aluminum bar. No need to go out and spend 30 bucks on one.
    If someone spends 30 dollars on a chain whip there dumb any ways. Sette Torx 8 bucks, Park Tool 17 Bucks. Guessing you are exaggerating any ways.
    Big Foot Blue KHS XC704r

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    I thought they were about that much. My point anyway is that I made one for free.

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