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Refurbing old Saracen Maxtrax, sus fork & stem advice pl

elcanielcani Posts: 280
edited May 2008 in MTB workshop & tech

I've just pulled out my old Saracen Maxtrax from the horrible 'death garage' at my sister's. The damp has done a good job of destroying it, but the alloy frame is sound and some of the components are probably salvageable.

The idea is to get it going again for my girlfriend, but the frame is a bit big, making the riding position too stretched out. However, the current stem is quite long so I think a much shorter one will improve things. This looks a decent bet, but if anybody knows of anything shorter, that'd be great

The existing steel fork has rusted badly, so I want to replace it with a front suspension fork. Is it realistic to get something decent for under £100? She's a beginner and won't be tackling anything major. I had a look for the Suntour X-100 that gets such a glowing write-up in the GT Avalanche 1.0 review on this site, but it doesn't seem to be available to buy seperately. Whatever fork I get must have V-brake bosses.

Back to the issue of the frame sizing, the addition of a suspension fork will presumably alter the geometry of the bike, raising the front. Am I right in thinking this will make the riding position more compact?

Many thanks in advance for any replies.


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