My XC-204 actually started out life as an FXT-COMP of 1999 vintage. My FXT-COMP served me well, and had over 1000 miles of brutal treatment on the rocks that fill the trails around here. I had to replace many components over the years, wheels, crank sets, derailleurs and dozens of chains , all from rough use. This Saturday morning in June however, the unthinkable happened. I had just replaced the rock-worn SPD cleats in my shoes and went for a ride. I entered a rock garden with muddy tires, and lost my line. I began to endo the bike, which I have done countless times, no big deal, but my new cleats were too tight in the Ritchey pedals, and I couldnít un-clip. When I finally did, I performed what can be described as a spinning back kick, in order to get my foot on the ground. Unfortunately, my seat post got in the way, and I ripped it along with the seat tube support, right off of the frame! I looked at the possibility of having it welded back on, but the cost and down time were too great. I looked at getting a new bike, but the cost to get me back where I was before didnít sit too well either. Finally, I figured I would just buy a new frame and transfer as many components off of my FXT as I could over to it, and ran across the XC-204 frame for $300. The price and geometry were perfect, so I had one sent my way. (This all happened with 4 hours of breaking my bike: I couldnít stand being without wheels!). When I got the frame 3 days later, I spent 4 hours or so transferring parts, and adding new shifter cables and tires. It all fit fine; no modifications or scrambles to find parts! I made the first ride that Saturday morning, (with loosened pedal bindings this time! ), and couldnít be happier! It felt so familiar, yet handled and climbed much better. (I had a small frame on the FXT-COMP to be more nimble on some of the tight, twisty trails I ride, but paid for that on loose climbs). One thing that I didnít like, however, was the clanging sound the driveline made over rocks. I thought it was the chain hitting the frame, so I glued a length of cut rubber bungee cord to the square frame. When that didnít quiet things, I discovered that the long rear derailleur was the culprit , and glued another chunk of rubber bungee cord where it was hitting. (I used double face foam 3M UHB tape to stick those on; great stuff!) . Perfect! Back in stealth mode! The bike has a little over 100 miles on it since then; no problems, just shorter timed rides since I now can climb many of the hills I used to have to walk up. Better yet, I was able to use the lower suspension bearings from the FXT to replace the creaky, worn bushings in my old GT LTS-2 that my son now rides!
Silent running conversion!
FXT-COMP lives on!
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