As the title states I've recently picked up a Rocky Mountain ETSX bike to use as a commuter/trail bike! Its very much used, but the frame and some of the components are certainly workable! For the price I couldn't resist picking it up to wrench on! Going to document the restoration and hopefully get some input along the way!
First thing I changed on the bike was a new set of hydraulic disc brakes from Avid. The Elixr 1 model with a 160mm rear disc and a 180mm front. The old brakes needed all new mechanical hardware and found a great deal on the Avid brakes that was near the same cost.
The next item on the agenda was a complete tuneup and new shifter cables and guides. Previous owner couldn't get the slack out of the head tube, much less dialing in the front and rear derailleurs. Now the bike shifts smoothly and has nice taught steering again!
Next parts to replace is the wheel set. Currently awaiting on a new set of Vuelta ZeroLite Pro to come in the mail. They seemed like great bang for the buck and will certainly be an improvement from the bent and cracking wheels on the bike at the moment. The new wheels are white, but I am considering putting some paint on em.
Anyways on to a quick picture of the bike! Behold the ugly duckling!
The main plan for this bike is to do as much bargain hunting as possible and to make some minor improvements when practical. I'm honestly considering putting on some proper paint on the frame as the rattle can paint job from the prior owner is pretty sad looking.
I'm planning to overhaul the bike over a long weekend with some new bearings, a fresh coat of paint, and hopefully service the suspension. Which brings me to my first major issue. I have no idea who makes the front fork! Would anyone here be able to identify this fork?
It has two air valves on the top crown, and on the bottom side has one plastic adjustment valve while the other has a socket cap screw.
More to come later on! Thank you for looking and for any help/council you can provide!
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