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    Old School FSR rebuild

    I don't see too many old school FSR's in this section of the Forums so here's mine:

    I'm building this up as a second bike to play around with. I picked the bike up on Craigslist pretty much all original for $200. I already had the drivetrain, rims, and brakes I took off another bike that I parted out and sold awhile back. I swapped all of that stuff over and got it rideable. Now I'll slowly upgrade it as I'm able.


    Here's what I've done so far:

    Shimano 3X10 drivetrain, XT shifters, derailleurs, cassette, Deore cranks
    Avid BB7 discs with SD Ti levers
    Avid 721 rims with XT hubs
    Specialized Henge saddle
    Thomson seatpost
    Fox F80 terralogic fork


    Things on the upgrade list:
    Lighter wheelset
    BETD suspension linkage
    shorter/lighter stem
    carbon bars


    What do you guys think? This is a budget build, so there's not much bling or fanciness going on.
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    I like it. I've got a 02 FSR stumpy that was rebuilt last but mines a 3x9 setup. I'd be interested to see how yours goes with the BETD linkage.
    Looking at the pic you could cut your seat post down a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ijd View Post
    I like it. I've got a 02 FSR stumpy that was rebuilt last but mines a 3x9 setup. I'd be interested to see how yours goes with the BETD linkage.
    Looking at the pic you could cut your seat post down a bit.
    Yep, I'm planning on cutting an inch and a half or so of the seatpost off. I had a BETD linkage on my 2000 S-Works FSR and I loved it.

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    That was a good score. I bought one new in 02. It recently developed a crack at the right dropout, not sure if I'll get it fixed or not.
    Why only an 80mm fork? It came with a 100mm from the factory. I used a talus set between 110 - 120, worked well. If you get a betd link, the front will be way too low.
    Anyway, looks great so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobretti View Post
    That was a good score. I bought one new in 02. It recently developed a crack at the right dropout, not sure if I'll get it fixed or not.
    Why only an 80mm fork? It came with a 100mm from the factory. I used a talus set between 110 - 120, worked well. If you get a betd link, the front will be way too low.
    Anyway, looks great so far.

    According to the Specialized site, the stock RS Duke was 80mm. Yeah, I really think a 100mm fork would be better, but I got a great deal on the current fork. I'll keep my eye out for an F100. I scored a front Mavic Crossmax rim from Craigslist for $25 a few days ago. It needs a set of hub bearings and it will be good to go. I'm watching Ebay for a matching rear. That will be a nice upgrade. The Mavic 721's on their now are tanks, and it's noticable on the trails. Plus, I really want a true UST rim.

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    Interesting. My duke shows a little over 100mm of stanchion. I just assumed that was the travel, give or take.
    In that case, if you do get the link, a 120mm fork would be a good match.

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    Awesome bike. They do crack @ the chainstay though so watch out for that.

    I'd be interested in buying your used link if you go with the BETD. PM me

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    OK, so I made some progress on the wheels. I swapped out the Mavic 721's for a set of 717's. I saved almost a pound right there! The 721's are spec'ed at 590g each, and the Mavic 717's are around 400g. I'm running tubes for now but I'll eventually go tubeless. Gonna hit the trails tomorrow!
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    I had to register just to reply to this post...I'm diggin the bike. I was just given a 2002 FSR XC Pro for free from a buddy so I could get back into riding again. Running the stock wheels with Stans tubeless conversion, used Formula Oro K24 brakes with a 203mm up front (thru axles used front and rear) Sunline V1 Stem (70mm I think), the BETD linkage, new Fox R23 (warranty replacement I'm told) and a RS Recon u-turn fork. Haven't had a chance to get it on dirt yet. How do you like the linkage? What setting do you have it at? Great to see someone else fixing up an old FSR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bootlegfab View Post
    I had to register just to reply to this post...I'm diggin the bike. I was just given a 2002 FSR XC Pro for free from a buddy so I could get back into riding again. Running the stock wheels with Stans tubeless conversion, used Formula Oro K24 brakes with a 203mm up front (thru axles used front and rear) Sunline V1 Stem (70mm I think), the BETD linkage, new Fox R23 (warranty replacement I'm told) and a RS Recon u-turn fork. Haven't had a chance to get it on dirt yet. How do you like the linkage? What setting do you have it at? Great to see someone else fixing up an old FSR.
    Welcome to the forum. Your FSR sounds pretty sweet. Lets see some pictures!

    I haven't bought my BETD linkage for this bike yet. I had one on my 2000 S-Works and I loved it. I decided to upgrade the wheels first, so the linkage will be my next big purchase. I just picked up a 2001 Stumpjumper FSR XC Comp off Criagslist last night for $200. I think I'll clean it up and flip it.
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    '99
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    Lemme try and rack up some posts and I'll post pics ASAP. Wheels are definitely on the list of upgrades tho. The stock wheelset is ok at best.

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    just replied to your other post asking about a BETD linkage and didn't realize it was your post here's a pic, spent today setting up the suspension.


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    Does this count?

    This hasnt always been a FSR. Its a bit of a Frankenbike
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    Looks good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bootlegfab View Post
    just replied to your other post asking about a BETD linkage and didn't realize it was your post here's a pic, spent today setting up the suspension.

    Could you measure your bottom bracket height? I'm constantly smacking rocks with my pedals and I'm curious how much the BETD linkage will raise the BB. I may have to get one sooner than later.

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    You're in luck. I'm working on it now. With it set at the 120mm travel, lower bb height option...the underside of my BB is 13.5". You have the option of running it 3/8" higher or so but I'm happy with it now. I'm not sure what stock height is.

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    Only caveat of the 120mm setting is the increased shock pressure. I'm running 240psi now and I weigh 180 in gear.

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    I just rebuilt a 2003.5 specialized xc fsr

    I'll try to get some pics up soon.

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    Bought this one on Craigslist. Tuned it up and fixed a few things on it. Going to sell it to fund more upgrades on my other bikes.
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    Looks sharp. I need to start flipping bikes to fund my upgrades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bootlegfab View Post
    Looks sharp. I need to start flipping bikes to fund my upgrades.
    The bike found a new home last night and i made $150 profit. Almost enough for the BETD linkage. That was a nice bike. 100% original except for the seatpost and seat. Even had the original tires on it still and they weren't worn out yet. Funny, the guy who bought it spent about 10 seconds looking at it and didn't even test ride it. He probably wanted to get out of there before I changed my mind about selling it.

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    how do you like the Henge saddle? Thinking about getting either the Henge or the Phenom

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    My rebuilt xc.
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    Very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bootlegfab View Post
    how do you like the Henge saddle? Thinking about getting either the Henge or the Phenom
    The guy at the LBS recommended it saying he thinks the Henge is more comfortable, but it's a little on the stiff side. I'd prefer a bit more padding.

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    I'm getting old. When did 2000 become old school

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    niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    Quote Originally Posted by moofish View Post
    Very nice.
    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipman204 View Post
    niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    Who is this to?

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    @Pcmark...could you edit the thread title to something like a "show off your older FSR" perhaps we can get some more guys posting pics...just a thought...I'm enjoying seeing the older rides. BTW I got some Crank Brothers iodine 11 carbon bars today...the 740mm width is awesome!

    crap pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bootlegfab View Post
    @Pcmark...could you edit the thread title to something like a "show off your older FSR"
    The original post must be too old to go back and edit. I don't have an option to edit my first post to change the thread title

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    oh well...was just an idea...maybe I'm secretly jealous of the "Official New Bike" threads lol

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    Sold the old Mavic 721 wheelset on Ebay. Picked up an SLX crankset on Ebay for a great price. It wasn't a 'planned' upgrade, but couldn't argue the price. I also picked up a set of Azonic 420 pedals. The Wellgo's are thick and I smack a lot of rocks with them. The BETD linkage will probably help by raising the bottom bracket, but I'm going to have to wait on that.

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    Bumping it up back to the front page. I haven't taken any pics yet with the new parts on.

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    I need to do the same!

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    New pic! Upgraded a few parts: SLX cranks, Azonic Pedals, Juicy 5 brakes, shorter stem
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    Finally a thread for og fsr's. Get a lot of hate for mine. Whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aintnothang View Post
    Finally a thread for og fsr's. Get a lot of hate for mine. Whatever.
    They're just hating because you're old FSR is stilling ripping the trails just as well as the newer bikes. Nice looking bike, BTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcmark View Post
    Nice looking bike, BTW.
    anybody know the bcd of the outer chainring? I believe its 104 but not sure...

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    BETD linkage is worth every penny. Bought a 2001/2 (not sure) FSR frame with a BETD link to build a spare bike. Rides remarkably similar to my 06 S-Works Stumpy, and different but I wouldn't say worse than my 2012 Stumpy Evo.

    It turns an outdated frame into something very usable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kroe View Post
    BETD linkage is worth every penny. Bought a 2001/2 (not sure) FSR frame with a BETD link to build a spare bike. Rides remarkably similar to my 06 S-Works Stumpy, and different but I wouldn't say worse than my 2012 Stumpy Evo.

    It turns an outdated frame into something very usable.
    That'll be my next purchase.

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    http://<a href="http://s1120.photobu...tobucket"></a>

    '03 model with Elixir R SL brakes, X7 shifters X9 derailleur, Fox 120mm fork, rear shock Pushed, original rims that had v-brakes so black paint is worn off (converted to disc). 2011 Spec seat post and saddle. 680mm bar, 110mm stem 6 degree. The only downsides to this bike compared to later models is the rear end even after pushed is too bouncy on climbs (no pro pedal) The geometry also seems to be a little tight compared to later models which makes it better on twisty stuff but not so great downhill or climbing.
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    My throwback;

    Too many bikes, just enough time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kroe View Post
    It turns an outdated frame into something very usable.
    It's a must on an older fsr. Changed the bike so much.

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    03 stumpy with longer stroke fox rp2 with neddle bearings,mavic x3.1 tubeless , xtr pedals,brakes, shifters & cassette . Update wtb pure v team ,syntace f119 stem & specalized enduro hbars ,reba 115mm .Still a great ride
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    Here's my 1999 FSR XC Comp
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    Resurrecting my old thread. I picked up a new set of bars and stem and threw those on today. I'll get some pics up soon. Anyone got a BETD link for a 2001-2003 FSR or do I need to put it on my Christmas list?

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    Upgraded the old frankenbike FSR for a newer 99FSR picked up a nearly complete bike for $80 Rhinolites with Hutchinson Barracudas $45 Hayes stroker trails with 203mm discs and my 130mm RS tora from the old FSR Now I just need a new shock and one of those BETD links
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    Quote Originally Posted by moofish View Post
    Upgraded the old frankenbike FSR for a newer 99FSR picked up a nearly complete bike for $80 Rhinolites with Hutchinson Barracudas $45 Hayes stroker trails with 203mm discs and my 130mm RS tora from the old FSR Now I just need a new shock and one of those BETD links
    Just thought I'd tell ya that Risse Racing makes a complete rear triangle for that bike. Ihave a 99 FSR with one and it rocks.
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