Trail bike build help

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4/25/2017 8:37 AM

Friend has an 05 Diamondback Viper X (I think) that he wants to rebuild it specifically for trails. Help me make a parts list for him? He's on a budget and likes the sentimentals of the bike itself so buying a new one isn't an option for him. Thanks peeps

http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/diamondback/47798

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4/25/2017 10:23 AM

Its gonna cost way too much to upgrade that thing for trails. Get a new bike.

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4/25/2017 10:36 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/25/2017 10:36 AM

Super-Pawl wrote:

Its gonna cost way too much to upgrade that thing for trails. Get a new bike.

Pretty much this.

It's just not gonna work out smoothly without spending a bit more than a "budget build" for such a setup. You could get a nice new complete for the money you'd spend upgrading this Viper.

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4/25/2017 11:05 AM

Yeah I told him that, shame. While on the subject, what are some good trail tires I can switch out with? I'm thinking the knobby Aitkens.

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4/25/2017 12:50 PM

The S&M mainlines are good and cheap

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4/25/2017 1:07 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/26/2017 11:46 AM

Oh, and I myself don't have a budget. I'd prefer a heavy-ish tire for trails.

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4/25/2017 1:19 PM

Just buy a terrible one.

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4/25/2017 7:57 PM

You want a slightly longer backend for stability and a bit more mellow headtube say 74-74.5 not 75-75.6. Past that pretty much any bike works. You may want a more dirt friendly set of tires. Most street tires work but it works better with something that won't slip in loose dirt

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4/26/2017 11:48 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/26/2017 11:49 AM

I'm running 2.4" DUO High Streets, hell nah am I going on trails with them lmao

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4/26/2017 12:48 PM

If your looking at an all round good tyre, go for fit faf in 2.25, they inflate to a 2.36, and they can hold up to street aswell as the dirt.

The 2.25 has a more agressive tread, but also fast, probably one of the best tyres as its fast, grippy and a high puncture resistance

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