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    All mountain build for early 00's fuel 98?

    Hi,
    I recently purchased a 2000 Fuel 98 and I plan on doing a 1x11 all-mountain build. Anyone have suggestions for wheels/brakes/bars? I'm willing to spend a good lump of cash because I have a knack for breaking parts.

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    Sounds like a money pit project that will end up in disappointment...

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    Quote Originally Posted by EatsDirt View Post
    Sounds like a money pit project that will end up in disappointment...
    Well, that's what this sport is; a giant money pit
    Do you have any serious recommendations?

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    1st, does it currently have wheels/brakes/bars? Only replace what you need to. I'm guessing you can use your current crankset to run a new chainring, a medium cage 11 spd with an 11 speed cassette and chain will be needed (I'd probably just go 1x10 and save some money). Just go minimum cost on all. If the wheels are good, don't replace them, as you can't run wide tires on that bike anyway. Maybe some decent 2.1" tires.

    I don't think you can even put a disc brake on the back, can you? Maybe a BB7 brake on the front, but you'd need a new fork and wheel.

    That's about it. It's a $300 bike. I wouldn't put much into it.

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    I had a Fuel 98 that I bought used off Ebay. I'm a clyde (6'4"/220) so XL frame size. It was in great shape with a Fox Float shock. Came with carbon swingarm. After a year or so the swingarm broke...no warranty so paid top dollar for a new one. Then frame broke and I moved on. The rocker bushings required attention once a year. Try to find new bushings for spares...you will need them. I think I still have a drawer in my garage with some parts kicking around. I had Avid BB7 mechanicals for brakes and Sun Ringle wheelsets that I replaced once or twice. They were about $300/set and tough.

    Loved the bike it just didn't last long just like the GT iDrive I had before it. Since then my focus has been on beefier designs built to last (see sig).
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    I had a 2001 Fuel 98, broke the frame in '07, got it replaced and moved to Colorado, then started making it more of a trail bike. Converted to disc brakes, replaced the worn out 80mm SID with a 100mm Reba, switched to 2x10. Had some fun with it, but really it's the wrong platform, it's never going to be an AM bike. I replaced it with a Craigslist special Turner 5 Spot and got a lot more bike. I agree with the money pit statement. Just watch CL and PinkBike classifieds and you'll get a lot more bang for the buck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VenomousDancer1234 View Post
    Well, that's what this sport is; a giant money pit
    Do you have any serious recommendations?
    Sell the antiquated bike and start with one that is worthy of upgrades... that will probably perform magnitudes better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EatsDirt View Post
    Sell the antiquated bike and start with one that is worthy of upgrades... that will probably perform magnitudes better.
    And there's your serious recommendation

    it was a great bike in it's time ,after you throw a bunch of money at it ,it will still leave you wanting

    I've traveled that route,not worth it

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