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    2001 GT Aggressor 2.0 - Overhaul

    I have a friend at work who is interested in mountain biking. But, he doesn't want to drop a wad of cash only to realize it's not for him. I said I could probably put together a decent entry-level XC bike for about $100. That got his interest.

    Today I picked up a stock 2001 GT Aggressor 2.0.

    The fork is a recalled RockShox Jett. That's going out and I'm going to install a freshly overhauled 1999 Rock Shox Judy C Long Travel.

    The bike has been left out in the rain and most of the steel on it has a light coat of rust.

    I'll need to clean up the derailleurs, shifters and brake levers. Replace the cables and housing. New tubes (add some slime). New brake pads.

    The panaracers have a lot of tread on them so they're OK. Rims appear to be straight and smooth.

    Not including the cost of the fork (I've had it for awhile) I really think I can come in right at $100.

    And, if all goes well, there will be one more MTBer out there...

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    I like the colour scheme. I had a '99 Judy SL back in the day, they were excellent forks for their time.

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    Yanked of the old fork. Cleaned up all of the headset components. Will re-grease and assemble the front end tomorrow. Dry fit of the replacement fork shows the old stem was way too tall. I have an older hard ano clear stem with a shorter stack height. I'm going to sand it down and paint it black. :-) Ought to last for awhile.

    Where can I get some inexpensive metal platform pedals? Everything at LBS is $25+ and I'm trying to stay under $100 total.
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    Ratch, I like the colors, also. Thought about putting on a rigid fork and slicks and using it as my neighborhood bike. But, my buddy needs a first bike more than I need a second bike.

    It will be better than any other $100 bike out there.
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    Sorry for the crappy photo. Didn't feel like getting out the real camera and my cell phone doesn't take good low light photos...

    Cleaned and re-greased headset and mounted the replacement fork.
    Painted replacement stem (still drying).
    Took off the bullhorns. New grips, tubes, cables and housing, and front brake pads.
    Cleaned and adjusted brake levers, derailleurs, and brake/shifter pods.

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    Will trim and finish the cables tomorrow. I'll let the stem dry for a day or two before installation.

    Then, it's time to take her out for a shakedown...

    Haven't totaled it all up but I'm still under $100. The bike only cost me $50.
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    Done!

    $50 - Bike
    $8 - Grips
    $4 - Front Brakes
    $3 - Stem Cap
    $5 - Gear & Brake Cables and Brake Housing
    $8 - QR Seatpost Collar
    $21 - Pedals
    N/C - Rebuilt Fork
    N/C - Silver Stem Painted Black

    $99 TOTAL!

    Actually rides really nice. I'll take it out on the trails tomorrow to make sure nothing falls of.

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    Great looking bike. I just came across a guy in my neck of the woods selling a 90's aggressor for $50, but it wasn't in nearly as nice shape as this one. Would need a total strip and repaint, for starters

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    If the components are in good condition, might be worth the $50. Besides, you might be able to haggle the seller down to lower price. The guy selling this Aggressor was asking $100. I told him about the recalled fork, rusted cables, junky pedals and all the work that needed to go into it in order to make it trail worthy. I'm always prowling around on the local craigslist looking for a deal.
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    It looks pretty beat up by the pictures he sent, but it still works. I'd have to see it in person and take a look at the components, but then I'm definitely a novice in checking this stuff out. Nearest I can tell from the pics and color, it looks like a 98, which had the chromo frame according to bikepedia. Checked the gov recall site and it only mentions recalls on the 95 Aggressor stock suspension forks, so I'm hoping I'd be safe there.

    Other than that, I'm still very new to this and can't be sure if this would be worth getting to fix up and maybe drop some light upgrades onto.

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    Start a thread in the GT forum asking about it. I've received a lot of good advice on stuff like this from smart folks in the forum. And, whatever you end up buying, post up some pictures.
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    Will do. Thanks

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