ordered .. pace rc35
(ebay, couldn't resist!), mavic 117s on deore
(thanks big-one), new horst bearings
(ebay), new trunnion chips
and lower shock bolt
looking for .. money to pay for all this
Hello everyone in the '98+ forum.
As far as I can tell my LTS is a '98 frame so I just qualify
Here she (is this a swearbox offence?) is:
I already posted, and had a most helpful reply, in BobCatMax's LTS 2000
(gorgeous!) thread regarding my lost linkage bolt. The replacement for that is on it's way from BETD, thanks for the tip!
Unfortunately I have more problems before I can get my beloved bike ridable again, before starting the whole 'making it look nice' process.
When I bought the frame it came with this unusual (to me) FOX air shock. My previous LTS-1 had one of the more traditional sprung rock shox delux jobbies, but some wretched arse swapped that for a tenner's worth of heroin several years ago. The shock loses air very quickly these days, despite my attempts at a service (bought an o-ring kit that turned out not to fit, cleaned the existing and in fact intact o-rings and changed the oil for some nice new stuff) it's pretty much had it.
In the CR sale that my inbox was spammed about I couldn't help but notice a familiar looking FOX shock designed for the Cannondale Jekyll, with a very similar thread on it's body. Internet research abound, and I saw an STS where the chap had replaced his shock with this very same FOX. So, at £40, I bought one.
It arrived like this... is that o-ring meant to be inside? Or is it a spare? Latter seems very unlikely, former seems very worrying.
Anyway today I started to remove my old shock (which I have removed before, see above) and, horror, the shitty little bolt holding it in to the trunnions now has a round hole at the end of it rather than a nice allen key shaped one.
I also discovered that the bolt through the bottom of the shock is snapped in half. God knows how long this has been broken.
It never rains but it pours eh?
Does someone know how I should go about removing the worn bolts, and where I can get a suitable replacement, and also a like for like replacement for that long bolt.
Also, I plan to 'sex up' the bike a little. I built it from a frame I found on eBay (£80ish, screwing because a full build went for £88 the week before!) a few days after my beloved was stolen from me, and I didn't really have a plan in mind. I think I would like to go white and black with the components. Maybe someone knows of a nice bike that could inspire me (imitation is the fondest form of flattery and all that).
Please do not be too disgusted by my build. I am not a rich man by any means; I love my bike but I cannot afford to buy the top flight components. I built it with what I could buy at the time, and I have slowly tried to improve parts (for example the rear derailleur (sp?) was originally an old Altus that I had laying around and has been replaced with an SLX which I think is reasonably decent...?)
I like to trawl ebay for bargain bits, and I will probably be doing so in the for sale forums here too although I have a horrid feeling even peoples castoffs will be too rich for my blood!