I figured some people might enjoy a little build thread of sorts, even though this is an older Haro. So , I picked out this bike as a birthday gift, I guess it would be 7 years ago so on my 14th birthday! I remember the lbs fitting me to a larger frame so I could grow into it, and I guess I didnt grow that much more since it still fits me. It's a 17.5", I would probably be perfect on an 18" but thats besides the point.
Well, I don't think I even took it ever left the street at that point, and a couple years it got garage duty after I bought a Jeep. There it sat until I got this crazy itch last fall to start biking again. Actually I never really started mountain biking so it was the beginning. So, I brought it out to college with me, gave it a little tuneup, but never really got the time between classes and being thirsty.
Fast forward to now, find out on these forums about Lynn Woods, and knew I had to get over there. Went for a couple hour ride there about 3 weeks ago, and had a blast! I was hooked. That was short lived though because of this:
Didnt notice until I was back to the car, I'm blaming it on when I went over the bars close to the end of my ride.
That really pissed me off, but I have no one to blame except myself, and manitou . I wasn't sure if I wanted to fix up the bike, or get a new hardtail, so I started looking at some ~$500 hardtails at a couple shops. I really didn't like anything I found, to me the bikes felt kind of cheap, and even though my X1 is a bottom of the barrel full susser, it still feels nicer. Maybe I'm biased
So I decided to keep the thing, and upgrade stuff as it breaks, and take it from there. I umm, err, gained some weight since I bought the bike, so the rear coil was giving me a little too much sag. Emailed customer service at X-Fusion, figured I would never get a response let alone any help about a product from 2003. This was not true at all. I think I received an email back from John, the service manager, the same day. By the next day I had a new spring shipped out from them for about 40 bucks. A+ service right there.
New vs. old. SO different!
I also ordered a 2009 RS Tora sl air, and will be ordering the Motion Control damper next week so I have that ready to install on a rainy day.
Today I installed the new coil and it took about 10 minutes. Very good.
Just needed to take out the pivot bolt closest to the front, unscrew the top of the rebound knob, and slide the old coil right off. Reverse the steps and we have a brand new 850lb rate coil from the stock 750lb.
I also took off the brakes and sanded the pads that were extremely glazed, so hopefully that will help because I did not like the braking power during my last ride. Once the pads are gone, I will most likely upgrade to some Avid's.
Fork comes tomorrow, fork pump should be here by Friday, so hopefully I can get the bike buttoned up on saturday! Can't wait.
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