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billyboy_1981



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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 11:23 pm    Post subject: returning to mountain biking Reply with quote

Hi all, ive been a member on here since 2011 but havent been active the last couple of years.
I'm just getting back into mountain biking after about 4 years off.
I'm still using my GT avalanche just now but might finish building the carerra Vulcan frame I bought a few years ago.
looking for advice on whats changed. I'm used to 3x9 is this still ok?
also what groupsets are good value 2nd hand and what tyres people would recommend for trail centres. closest one to me is carron valley.

thanks Billy

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Threevok



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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back

Why are you building a Vulcan when you already have a very capable hardtail in the Avalanche ?

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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had the GT a while. It needs new front forks but I will keep it as a spare as well as the Vulcan.
My plan has always been to build a half decent bike as cheap as I can. Bought the Vulcan frame got it powdercoated. Bought marzocchi forks and got them painted. Bought a few bits and pieces then stopped. Been sitting in the loft so I want to finish what I started.
Wife has a carerra subway she doesn't use so also have that for cyclepaths with the kids.

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I see Cool
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's my GT


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Threevok



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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a nice bike and well worth upgrading if you don't sell it

I've got a quite soft spot for AV's and I have built two myself, (although I don't currently own one at the moment.

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been thinking about it. I'm going to build the carrera first to use for commuting and cycle paths etch to get my fitness up and rebuild/upgrade the GT for trails. Not fit enough to climb just now.
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swapping a capable bike with MTB heritage for a retail park Halfords branded bike ????? Surprised
It doesn’t matter what fancy trinkets you put on a Carrera it will still be a Carrera.
For the sake of Sanity stick with the GT,far far far better and worthy of upgrades.

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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be honest I'd put my money into the GT and forget the Carrera as the frame will be much more rewarding in the long run.

Whatever you choose, enjoy your rides!

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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too late I've stripped the GT for it's parts.
Waiting on a seat post and bottom bracket coming to finish the carrera.
I'm thinking of powdercoating the GT frame and rebuilding with better parts for trail centre use and will put road tyres on the carrera

So how do I find out if a 2 x 10 will fit the GT? What width is a rear wheel with a 10 gear cassette?

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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that a 26 on the back and a 27.5 on the front ??? Shocked Shocked Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, both 26" front tyre is 2.3 rear 2.1 but the angle of the bike from wheel is closer to the camera
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally got the carrera built


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