What to look out for when buying FSRs....
1) Manitou forks that leak...
2) Play in linkages - most well-used ones will need an expensive full bearing change
3) Shocks: Triad shocks were less reliable than standard Fox. Brain shocks are also notoriously reliable so best not to buy second hand. Buy new so you get full warranty cover - they are nice while they work!
However there are some real gems. And some great mods from BETD.
I have a 2004 Stumpy M4 FSR frame which I bought from a guy in here for very little money while I was working at a Specialized dealership... So after changing the bearings and upgrading rocker to a BETD 130mm one, swapping Fox Float R with new Monarch RT3 shocks and fitting with Pace RC40 adjustable forks, I have a bike that can in a matter of seconds change from 100mm XC mode to 130mm AM mode. Same frame was standard up to the S-works version and was available in some pretty lowly specs as well as tarty ones....
Best bet is to buy a frame and build up the way YOU want it.
Love mine to bits - frankly prefer it to the current incarnation of the Stumpy.
I have a few options I suppose..
- buy off here and be patient for one to come up.
- get on off the bay for circa £700 built bike
- get a new stumpy expert FSR on bike 2 work scheme (effectively half price)
I hadn't heard the brain shocks were unreliable - why so?
And what is the BETD I notice you mention - heard of but never understood what they do/sell.
In terms of size, I'm 6'0. Assumed therefore that I'll need a large.
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