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mivster
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PostPosted: 01:47 - 11 Sep 2012    Post subject: mountain bike help Reply with quote

help needed as i know nothing about them
ive just bought a 2nd hand mountain bike its a marin rift zone it looks as though its a good bike
i need a few parts from what i can see
it needs both brake levers and a left hand gear changer and chain movey thing
and the forks are seized solid can these be unseized they say zoom on the side i assume this is the make or do i need to get new ones???
also it has a front disc brake but no caliper and normal brakes is it worth getting a caliper or just stick to normal brakes

if anyone can help with info or has some cheap parts to sell id be more than grateful this will be my first ever push bike with gears
last bike i rode was my amaco mongoose in the late 80s so well out of touch
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PostPosted: 09:12 - 11 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was it in a skip Laughing
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PostPosted: 18:36 - 11 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

disks are far superior in most cases.
forks can be un-seized. If they are the bottom of the line zooms, then they are just a spring in a hole. Nothing complicated about them. iirc they unscrew from the top.
you also need a rear deraillieur. depending one the make of the shifting levers depends on the brand of deraillieur you need. As long as it hasn't changed, SRAM use 1:1 actuation ratio and Shimano use 1:2, making the two brands incompatible
PS, hope you paid pennies for this, sounds like a lot of work.
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PostPosted: 20:08 - 11 Sep 2012    Post subject: Reply with quote

20 for the bike was looking to spend around 100 on a bike so 80 to try and fix it should be do-able
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