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 Post subject: FSR '99 DH project.
PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 1:14 pm 
Old School Hero

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Hello.

I like the sound of this forum with a love of all things old school. I’ve still got a Rockhopper A1 FS Comp that I bought new (back in 1998 I think!). Plus my commuter is a custom fix built from an old Gotti frame.

I’ve just purchased this FSR frame but I’m not really sure what model it is.

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The guy I bought it off said it was a "Specialized FSR Elite PRO frame (this is a very rare frame only a few of these made for the Specialized Team)" Is it a max backbone one? I’ve been researching the different varieties and this is the closest match I could find:

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/Bike ... &Type=bike

Need to give it a proper check over and post some better photos but I’ve seen its got Goldtec chain wheel and rear disc mount. Any ideas what model it is? Also keen to hear recommendations of suitable pats, eg. forks, wheels, etc. to build it up with.


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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 1:20 pm 
Old School Hero

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more photos to come.


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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 2:15 pm 
Gold Trader / rb Rider / Special
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hi! welcome!
could be the elite pro, might be the dh
there are some links in here
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=100290

im far from an expert on these frames but it looks similar to the one in the link (not the orginal post but a link further down), i think the max backbone is just the different rear end and the front ends are the same :?
might help you out

looks good though, i wouldnt mind owning one of them :D 8)


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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 3:31 pm 
Old School Hero

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Hi Thanks

Yes, looks like it could be the '99 FSR DH frame! Mine has the added gusseting.

Quote: "'99 FSR DH frame because of the added gusseting Specialized added to the head tube for the '99 DH."

From here: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=570489

Doesn't seem to be much info about on these frames, not even listed on Bikepedia.


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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 3:49 pm 
Gold Trader / rb Rider / Special
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what are you going to build it with?


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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 3:55 pm 
Old School Hero

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What parts? Not sure. Trying to find out more about the frame to see what parts would suit. Any recommendations on forks and wheels?


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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 1:03 pm 
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I remember these, very popular as they were pretty cheap and looked like an intense M1.

BETD made lots of upgrade parts for these like seatstay and longer chainstays and linkages.

They only list linkages now:
http://www.mountainbikecomponents.co.uk ... d+Upgrades

But they may have stock of seatstays etc.


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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 1:46 pm 
Gold Trader / rb Rider / Special
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forks, upside down shivers i think would look good. not sure on wheels, something mavic :roll:


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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 11:45 pm 
Old School Hero

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Striped the frame today. :D

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Extra gusseting of the ’99 DH frame.
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FSA Orbit XL II headset.
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Mountain Speed longer travel link.
http://www.mtbr.com/cat/suspension/shoc ... 43crx.aspx
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Fox RX Vanilla. Are these any good? Can they be serviced?
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Bad news on the rear part of the frame...
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looks like someone's run too big a tyre and worn a hole right through the chainstay! Also cracked in two places. Not sure where to get a replacement... I've emailed Specialized bt no response yet.



Mountain Speed chain guide.
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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 12:10 am 
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I spent a lot of money with BETD when I had an FSR. Changed all the bushes to needle rollers that they did and they also did replacement box chainstays, that I had. Maybe worth a phonecall to them?


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