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    Worthwhile frame swap?

    I currently have a 2009 Rockhopper Comp, while I am happy with the bike for the most part. There are definitely times I wish I had a FS bike. I cannot currently afford to buy an additional bike, certainly not one worth while, and if I bought another bike, to be honest I know that one would end up not being ridden.

    Having said that, is it worthwhile looking for a used FS frame set, and transferring the parts from my Rockhopper over to that? I realize that certain things like the Dart 3 would not exactly be ideal to transfer over, but if I picked up a decent enough frameset, then upgrading as time goes by would not be that much of an issue. At this point I am just throwing around an idea, if I were to do this I would want to be able to pick up a good FS frame set to begin with.

    Thoughts?
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    Sure. Why not? FWIW, Jenson has some Jamis Dakar full-suspension frame sets on sale for $459 each, I believe, that are designed around 100mm forks.

    Put the Rockhopper frame on eBay to defray costs.

    I once went the other way by moving parts from a friend's horribly heavy, low-end, unbranded full-suspension bike to a Rockhopper frame.

    If you can't do the work yourself though, then I'm not sure it'd be worth it.

    Also, some parts, like front derailleurs, are commonly different between frames.

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    My buddy just did the same thing. He had an 03 Hardrock Pro disc, and bought a new full suspension frame then swapped over everything to the new frame. His Fork was a 100mm Judy TT and his new frame had 100mm of travel so it was a decent match. When he sold his Hardrock frame he used that money to upgrade to a new 120mm fork.

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    Thanks for both the replies, I am confident that I can do most, if not all of the work myself in switching the components over. Not to mention I will enjoy the experience of switching them over.

    I think I will start watching the prices of FS frame sets and checking classifieds etc.

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