So I have been looking for a full susp bike, based on reviews and my price range I have narrowed it down to an older rockhopper/stumpjumper FSR, Cannodale Jekyll, or GT i-drive. (BTW, if anyone has any experience comparing any of these bikes, or recomendations between them, I would love to hear them). Am currently looking at an '01 idrive 4.0 that looks to be in excellent condition.
I have read in another thread that the 2003+ i-drives should have the sealed bearing bottom bracket (Shimano or Truvative ISIS) and the reinforced seat post mast which might make for better maintainance issues. Have heard that pre-'03's have problems with cracked seat masts and ovalized dogbone area.
I honestly have no idea what any of this means, lol. Are these things pretty serious, and I should just wait for an '03+ to pop up? Is it possible to replace/upgrade the bottom bracket and seatpost to the updated equipment (and how much do these parts cost?) I have heard it is difficult to get parts for older i-drives, and something called a dogbone always breaks, is this true?
Thanks in advance!
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