Old School FSR rebuild

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  • 11-28-2012
    moofish
    After sending emails over and over again to Risse I gave up.Their stuff looks great but expensive and obviously Im a total tightass.I would love to get rid of the rear disc adaptor.
  • 11-28-2012
    solidfish
    I'm kind of cross posting this but I didnt know there was an og FSR thread. This one of two old FSR bikes I have right now:

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  • 12-03-2012
    rjr19146
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    '04 fsr
    What does the BETD linkage do exactly? do you need to replace the rear shock?
    Would that help an '04?
  • 12-03-2012
    pcmark
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rjr19146 View Post
    What does the BETD linkage do exactly? do you need to replace the rear shock?
    Would that help an '04?

    You wont need to replace the shock if you get the BETD linkage. The BETD link offers more suspension travel, but in my case, I am getting it more for the increased bottom bracket height because I smack the pedals constantly.
  • 12-03-2012
    kroe
    The BETD won't fit your 04. If you want more travel put a longer shock on. I did that with my 06 S-works. It helped... But not like on the older model where the travel was silly short from the factory.

    I'd send the 04 to pasture and get a new stumpjumper if you are looking for more. Your fork and stem also need to go at a minimum, so after the cost of those plus shock...
  • 12-03-2012
    rjr19146
    Thanks!
    I was intrigued but don't think i really need anymore travel in the rear. I'm riding this baby till the frame breaks!
  • 12-04-2012
    moofish
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    look what I just bought.
    Ok now I got one will I have to get a longer shock?( please say yes!!) I am now waiting for it to be delivered. Are these as rare as I think they are?
  • 12-06-2012
    moofish
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  • 12-09-2012
    solidfish
    Here is the other FSR I have. This is a white 2003 Rockhopper FSR. Has some upgrades on it.















  • 12-10-2012
    pcmark
    I like the looks of that white one. Looks sharp,
  • 12-11-2012
    moofish
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    woo hoo I got my link!!!
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    Now I need to get a good shock. I think with the new link I can go a little longer than the stock 160mm RS Deluxe. Any suggestions guys I would like to try an air shock to keep the weight down.
  • 12-11-2012
    moofish
    That white Rockhopper looks really nice
  • 12-12-2012
    pcmark
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by moofish View Post
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    Now I need to get a good shock. I think with the new link I can go a little longer than the stock 160mm RS Deluxe. Any suggestions guys I would like to try an air shock to keep the weight down.

    Hmmm, whats the stroke on that shock? You could go 6.5 X1.5 Fox Float RC maybe? Get a newer one with Pro-pedal if you can find one.
  • 12-12-2012
    moofish
    I think the listed stroke on the shock is 1 3/4" I think I could get away with a 7" shock with the DH link.
  • 12-12-2012
    kroe
    A shock upgrade (or even freshening at same level) could help. Just watch BB height. I haven't measured but would be worried about a longer shock taking an already high BB height too high.
  • 02-19-2013
    Darth Pinche
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    Hi, I love this thread as I am still riding my 2001 Specialized Enduro Comp! I took a sabbatical from biking while motorcycling, but now I am back into riding! I have upgraded a lot on this bike. I am currently running RS Psylos but they are shot and I just ordered some Manitou Minute Experts 130mm. I added the BETD linkage years ago and really felt it transformed the ride and really keeps it current. I mostly use it at the 5 inch setting. I also upgraded the spring rate to a 750lbs, but am getting ready to replace the shock with something better. The Avid BB7 are nice but I find them grabby. I also recently put on new rings, sprockets and chain. I am running Grip Shifts as well. The tires I have on now are a 2.4 Firepro FR and a 2.35 Kujo DH out back. They are still good, but I need to get some new rubber as they are only ok on wet roots/trails. They rocked in San Diego, but now up here near Seattle, I need something more appropriate. I'll keep updating as I get new toys for my ride.

    Sorry for the crappy cell phone photo:
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  • 02-24-2013
    Darth Pinche
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    Update: After adding my new Manitou Minute fork, I am truly in love with this bike again! So much better control and ride quality. here is a better photo:

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  • 03-02-2013
    SpringsRubicon
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    Well... after blowing out and being frustrated with the stock Manitou fork on my 2004 FSR XCpro, I finally ponied up for a Reba RL 100mm Diffusion. Pretty groovy! I finally got in a short cul-de-sac test ride a little while ago and it seems good. Can't wait to get it out on real trails. Shaved 1.1 pounds off as well, so that can't be bad!

    I've invested a lot in this bike over the past 3 years, but every time I get tempted to replace it with something more "modern" I take it out on the trails and fall in love with it all over again. If it's fun, why get rid of it?
  • 03-03-2013
    Darth Pinche
    Nice FSR. I agree on your attitude, why get something new, when the old FSR is still fantastic.
  • 03-13-2013
    ryanremle
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    Thoughts on two older FSR's and newer Santa Cruz
    Looking at a couple of used bikes for sale in the $750 to $850 range, any preferences between these three? Would be my first mtb and looking at mostly riding trails to start.

    Looking at an '04 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite:
    (first pic) 2004 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite
    - Upgraded front and rear brakes
    - Upgraded XTR on rear
    Always maintained by professional bike dealer.
    Good condition with normal use.


    (second pic) 2011 Santa Cruz Superlight DXC:
    Front Suspension Fork RockShox Reba RLT, 120mm-travel
    Brakes Avid Elixir 1 Disc Brakeset 160/160
    Cassettes Shimano, 10-speed: 11-36
    Cranks Shimano Deore FC-M590 Crankset 175mm 42/32/24
    Front Derailleurs Shimano Deore
    Handlebars Easton EA30
    Rear Derailleurs Shimano SLX RD-M662 SGS Rear Derailleur
    Saddles WTB Volt Sport
    Shifters Shimano Deore
    Rear Shock Fox Float R 7.875"x 2" (200x50mm)
    Wheels Mavic XM 119 rims laced to Shimano M525 hubs w/ DT 14 gauge

    (3rd pic) and I believe an '07 Specialized FSR XC:
    Medium size frame, 26" tires, Shimano Deore LX, avid juicy five hydraulic disks, rock shox Tora and x-fusion suspension, platform pedals included. Overall the bike is in excellent condition and has not been abused.

    Tried to find reviews, but really want to know if these are now outdated and if there are better buys for the $?

    Appreciate the help!
  • 03-13-2013
    ryanremle
    3rd pic is actually the santa cruz and 2nd pic is what I believe to be the '07 specialized
  • 03-13-2013
    ryanremle
    Lowest priced is the '04 specialized
  • 03-13-2013
    ryanremle
    The other two are priced the same
  • 03-19-2013
    zephxiii
    Here is mine, I LOVE this bike!!!!:



    Is this a 1999 model year? I want to go over the rear suspension and rebuild it if needed...but I'm not sure how to go about that. How do i go about getting the coil spring out of there so I can relax the tension to go over the pivot points etc.? Do i need a spring compressor? Can i get replacement pivot points and bearings for it somewhere?

    I saw someone had discs mounted front and back. I would LOVE to have that! I know the Judy has the mounting point but there isn't one on the rear triangle :(

    I don't mind the coil spring on the trails, fine by me. I just want to make sure the rear triangle is all good and tight.
  • 03-19-2013
    Darth Pinche
    You should be able to simply take out the center bolt in the linkage to separate it from the shock. It is not under any big tension. On the replacement bearings, I am not sure, but I did come across this thread that covers some of what you may need on a similar FSR

    http://forums.mtbr.com/specialized/f...ul-226577.html
  • 03-19-2013
    Bent Wheel
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by zephxiii View Post
    Here is mine, I LOVE this bike!!!!:



    Is this a 1999 model year? I want to go over the rear suspension and rebuild it if needed...but I'm not sure how to go about that. How do i go about getting the coil spring out of there so I can relax the tension to go over the pivot points etc.? Do i need a spring compressor? Can i get replacement pivot points and bearings for it somewhere?

    I saw someone had discs mounted front and back. I would LOVE to have that! I know the Judy has the mounting point but there isn't one on the rear triangle :(

    I don't mind the coil spring on the trails, fine by me. I just want to make sure the rear triangle is all good and tight.

    I believe that is a 1999 FSR Comp. Taking the shock off is pretty easy, support the rear wheel and remove the mounting hardware. You could just grab a handful of wheel and give it a side to side wiggle and test the rearend. As far as replacement parts, I'm not sure where to get those. As for rear disc mounts, there is an adaptor called a Shark fin, I believe, for mounting disc brakes on one of these. Nice lookin rig.
  • 03-19-2013
    zephxiii
    Re: Old School FSR rebuild
    I got it at the end of 2011 and have put at least 2000 miles on it, 98% of them being urban/pavement. I thought i was feeling play in the rear but will have to look into it. It's been my favourite bike I've ever owned so far.

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  • 03-20-2013
    moofish
    Thats the same as mine. It is a 99 FSR comp. I have disks on mine. The front is easy just buy and install. The back was a different matter. I got an A2Z rear disk adapter. Be warned they are advertised as NOT compatable with Spesh dropouts. I had to butcher it to make it work to my satisfaction. Basically the angle of the A2Z dropouts mean that you cant remove your wheel at least not easily. I had to cut off part of the dropout section, this section had the threaded hole for the front plate. These things pretty much just clamp on (which is crap) Luckily the dropout on the bike has a hole in the centre. I made a new plate for the adapter and put a screw through it and the bike dropout with a nylock nut on it.This replaces the hole and screw I cut off of the adapter. I clamped it up and even with a 203 disc on it it isnt slipping. I have since then put a smaller rotor on as 203mm is ridiculous. The bigger problem is the pivot bolt on the seatstay it will rub on the disc. I have flipped it so the nut is on the outside and ground the head as thin as I could. I am not sure if its really worth the trouble but once I started I had to get it working. I had already bought the brakes so I was kind of committed. If your not really mechanically minded I wouldnt bother with the rear. Get hold of some good v brake pads and just accept it. Having said that now that I have it finished I am happy with the result there was just a lot of dicking around to get it done. The shark fin adapter might be easier but I think the pivot bolt would still be an issue and they are almost impossible to find. Of course you need disc ready wheels too so its not a cheap change over.If your interested I can post some photos of mine for you to look out. In short front good back bad.
  • 03-20-2013
    McSlow
    Some nice old rides in here. I had a '99 Big Hit Extreme. It would still be in my stables if it wasn't pinched a few years back. It had parts swapped out as things wore and as I realised a lot of it short comings componentwise. But it was still a trusty stead and the link bushes and bearing never gave me any trouble in the nearly 10 years of riding. I pulled the rear triangle apart and greased up the bushings on a number of occasions. Very reliable and strong frames.
    I still have the Avid Arch Rival's from it awaiting a retro build one of these days.

    Someone is selling one of those disc brake adaptors here - Specalized fsr disk brake adaptor | Trade Me
    Damn expensive for something so old. I paid less then double that brand spankers in the early 00's. That all the way over here in NZ too anyway.
  • 03-20-2013
    zephxiii
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    Re: Old School FSR rebuild
    Thanks!

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    Ok I found some Nylon bushings, any chance of getting these somewhere?

    They aren't bad at the moment but it would be nice to have for the future....

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  • 03-20-2013
    hawks1911
    02 fsr
    Hey guys and gals, my first post. I just picked up an 02 last night. They owner had upgraded the brakes to disk, and had a monkey light bar put on, plus some nice velocaraptor tires. But that old brake lever shifter has got to go! My only worry is to upgrade the shifter and brake levers it will cost me about as much as the bike did to start with. Bike shop wants to keep with the XT parts. Or I could go cheap and put on entry level parts. What do you guys think? My goal is to get back into mountain biking and lean skills to become a better rider. Yeah one day I'd like to get a new bike, so this is just a bike to get me started again. But when I am going to pay $300 for parts, I think I should just save it for a newer bike. What would you guys do?
  • 03-20-2013
    Darth Pinche
    I say go ahead and upgrade piece by piece. You can find great sales on thing like Avid Speed Dial levers or Grip Shifts, especially since we are talking about an 8 or 9 speed drive trains. Old FSRs hold up well to upgrades.