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  1. #1
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    New question here. Disc brake conversion for 2000 Specialized S-WORKS FSR XC?

    This began with a query to find replacement bushings for my rear triangle.
    See thread:
    Replacement rear bushings for 2000 S-WORKS Specialized FSR XC
    Now my best friend has told me that my life will be all perfect if I go to disc brakes
    I love this 2000 Specialized S-WORKS FSR XC frame and the Specialized dealer I bought it from even said it is one of the best and lightest frames and not to replace it...

    Via this forum I was made aware:
    1. That BETD bicycle components makes a rear seatstay to upgrade my frame to disc.
    https://www.betd.co.uk/
    2. That Specialized makes a disc upgrade for this. ( ? )


    How will this conversion affect my bike's weight? I will be upgrading my 2001 CrossMax wheels to lighter CrossMax SL Disc. I am currently running 2000 XTR brakes.

    Any other assistance would be appreciated.

    Muchos gracias.
    Last edited by sklein; 08-10-2006 at 10:45 AM.

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    Specialized used to sell a "shark fin" to bolt on a disk mount to the FSR frame seat stays.

    Last I heard they were sold out (but it is still working checking) but you might be able to find one used for sale some where.

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    converted my 99 FSR XC Pro

    using the Specialized adaptor. I went with Avid mechanicals, cause they're cheap and they work. Most any disc brake set up will be heavier than a V brake set up. However, that said, the performance improvement regardless of weather is the biggest improvement.

    The Avid mechanicals(as well now as some others) are compatible with your linear pull v brake levers. So if you have a combo shift/brake set up, you don't need to replace anything on the bars.

    If your getting a big $$ wheelset, you might just be offsetting some of the weight anyway.

    Now, speaking of the adaptor, aka "shark fin" from Specialized, I have my old one available for sale. I know it cost $50 new, and was used for about three seasons. It comes with all the hardware and instructions. I don't know if they're on e-bay that often, so I am unsure of the value.

    I would sell mine for $40 shipped.

    I understand that some later model disc chainstay's are also a direct fit to the older frame. Let me know if your interested in the adaptor.

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    2K Sworks was really nice ride!

    The BETD link is nice
    Risse also has a link
    I road a MRP XRated link with MRP bearing kit in the dropouts. Kickin mod!

    2001-02 FSR RockHoppers had the same frame design and had disc tabs.
    I think that if you need bushings ask Spec for this frame parts, they should have them
    But I am not totally sure, I have just seen the bikes not taken them apart

    I too have a "Shark Fin", mad hard to find, but I was thinking about selling
    I was going to put it on my Wifes FSR Elite but she weighs 100 wet so V's are fine.

    Disc always adds weight over a good VBrake setup.

    RideOn!

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    Thanks Crashmaster.
    I e-mailed These Risse folks.

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    After I posted this I looked at Risse and though the printed catalog showed a link the website no longer does. Maybe the catalog was old?

    They also showed a bearing kit but that is also not on the site. A buddy had their link a couple of years ago and it look cool and worked well, but I like the MRP better as it had upper and lower bearings and fit a regular DU bushing and alloy spacers.

    I also found that with the adjustable geo you could run a 100mm fork well with the MRP

    MRP still lists the XRated:
    http://www.mrpbike.com/product-xrated.php
    But they no longer sell the bearing kits.

    The only issues I have heard with BETD is the CS issues being in England an all.

    RideOn!

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