Will the new style lower link provide an increase in stiffness or any other noticeable change to a Socom frame?
The lower linkage on my frame is open in the middle (original design for the Socom). I've found the parts needed to update my frame to the newer 2011+ linkage on FanatikBike, but I'm looking for a potentially cheaper place. The lower box link itself is reasonably priced at $45, but the cup&cone pivot bolts are quite spendy at $40 each.
The parts that I'm looking to purchase for the replacement lower link can be found on Fanatik's site here:
($45) Intense Cycles Lower Box Link - For Alloy Bikes - Fanatik Bike Co. - Bellingham Wa
($80) Intense Cycles Lower Main Pivot Bolt Kit - Cup & Cone For Alloy Bikes - Fanatik Bike Co. - Bellingham Wa
($28) Intense Cycles Enduro Max 7902 Bearing - Fanatik Bike Co. - Bellingham Wa
new bearings for the upper linkage:
($28) Intense Cycles Enduro Max 6001 Bearing - Fanatik Bike Co. - Bellingham Wa
newer style shoulder bolts for upper linkage:
($120) Intense Cycles Shoulder Bolt NCS - Fanatik Bike Co. - Bellingham Wa (I really can't believe that Intense charges $30 each for these)
($40) and Ti bolts for a little extra bling:
Intense Cycles Titanium Shock Bolt Kits - Fanatik Bike Co. - Bellingham Wa
To update some relatively minor parts on the frame to the newer spec totals over $350 once you factor in tax and/or shipping! Is this true, or can these parts be found much cheaper anywhere else?
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Thread: Updating Lower Box Link