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    '98 FSR (Ground Control) Elite

    Greetings,

    I've been lurking for years, but now I find myself in need of some advice.

    I have a '98 FSR (Ground Control) Elite that I've beat the snot out of. I'm about 5'11" and was about 210-215 in my prime (more then a few years ago), but now a larger (and out of shape) 235-240lbs. It's long over due for some bearings, at the very least, and that's where I could use advice.

    When pedaling hard, I hear some creaking that I'm pretty sure is lateral movement in the rear suspension, but it could be a combination of that and the crank system. I thought I'd start at the rear, since I know I need bearings anyway. I have 2 options:
    - Pull out the bearings or sleeves that are in there now, measure them, and find replacements.
    - Order the kit from Betd.

    If I have the vocabulary correct, there's bearings for the linkage, A-links, and main pivot. Since I'm not likely to see the hard DH stuff I did before, is the Betd bearings/upgrades over-kill? It's true that $200 at Betd gets the whole deal sent to me, and it will last the rest of my life (and maybe my grand-kids). But again, is it over-kill? I haven't dug into it yet, but I'm thinking that I might be able to find replacement stock like bearings at McMaster-Carr. Anyone tried that?

    If I save a buck or two, maybe I could weld on tabs for disc brakes.

    Thanks, in advance, for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FEF View Post
    Greetings,

    I've been lurking for years, but now I find myself in need of some advice.

    I have a '98 FSR (Ground Control) Elite that I've beat the snot out of. I'm about 5'11" and was about 210-215 in my prime (more then a few years ago), but now a larger (and out of shape) 235-240lbs. It's long over due for some bearings, at the very least, and that's where I could use advice.

    When pedaling hard, I hear some creaking that I'm pretty sure is lateral movement in the rear suspension, but it could be a combination of that and the crank system. I thought I'd start at the rear, since I know I need bearings anyway. I have 2 options:
    - Pull out the bearings or sleeves that are in there now, measure them, and find replacements.
    - Order the kit from Betd.

    If I have the vocabulary correct, there's bearings for the linkage, A-links, and main pivot. Since I'm not likely to see the hard DH stuff I did before, is the Betd bearings/upgrades over-kill? It's true that $200 at Betd gets the whole deal sent to me, and it will last the rest of my life (and maybe my grand-kids). But again, is it over-kill? I haven't dug into it yet, but I'm thinking that I might be able to find replacement stock like bearings at McMaster-Carr. Anyone tried that?

    If I save a buck or two, maybe I could weld on tabs for disc brakes.

    Thanks, in advance, for the help.
    The BETD bearing kit will not last a lifetime but will give you a few more good years. The only negative is that they are super smooth and will cause the bike to bob a bit more. I don't know if the old Specialized bushes are still available or not. Something tells me not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus View Post
    The BETD bearing kit will not last a lifetime but will give you a few more good years. The only negative is that they are super smooth and will cause the bike to bob a bit more. I don't know if the old Specialized bushes are still available or not. Something tells me not.
    I'm going to dig into it and try to find bearings from someplace like McMaster-Carr. Is there any interest in old bikes like this? Would it be of any interest for me to post my findings here, or in the classic section?

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    I'd be interested in your findings, as I have just acquired a 98 Fsr ground control.

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    Cool.

    I know they're old and a bit heavy but I like them. Maybe, because I'm old and heavy.

    I'm still playing with the front shocks, too. I'll know more after I get them done.

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