Ordering my freeradical tomorrow - need advice!
- Tomorrow is the big Day! I am ordering my X.
I have a TREK 4500 Mountain Bike and I want to ensure I am going to get all the right stuff
and it fits.
I ask the kind folks at xtracycle before and they mentiioned that I may need an extra-long
for the Front Attachment Plate.
If you have experience with a Trek 4500 adding the X please lend advice.
I am so Xcited!!!!!
- i had a Trek 4500 around for a bit, maybe the one i had is a bit different than yoursbut what i'd look out for...is the suspension fork, if it has one.the thing is that the FreeRadical will change how weight is distributed, therefore, the fork will actually end up with more weight placed on it. the "preload" adjustment will have to be increased, and/or new springs... something.here is an excerpt from a Surly spew about the Big Dummywhich i found to be the case when i did the conversion to my Cdale
Suspension forks - The Big Dummy stock fork measures 425mm from axle to crown, which puts it in the compatibility range of suspension forks with 80-100mm travel. One thing you need to consider before putting a suspension fork on your long bike is that your body weight is more centered between the front and rear wheels than on a standard-length bike. This effectively takes some weight off the rear wheel and puts it onto the front wheel. So if you weigh 180 lbs (82kg), a suspension fork on a standard bike registers approximately 56 lbs (25kg) of your total weight. Meanwhile, a suspension fork on a Big Dummy would register approximately 90 lbs (41kg), or half your total body weight. So you’ll need a suspension fork on which you can significantly increase the spring compression to compensate for the effective weight addition. Otherwise you’ll probably be bottoming out the fork and/or it’ll feel like you’re riding something very saggy.On Mar 3, 2008, at 6:45 PM, kwikfile08 wrote:
I recently outfitted my Trek 4600 with an X. From what I read, they
are the same bike(different components).
I ordered the extra plate but did not need it(the kit includes one
already). The screw that comes with the kit works perfectly fine for
me. If you have a 9 speed like I do, you will want to order a 9 spd
chain; otherwise everything is in the kit already.
good luck, you will love it.
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>get all the right stuff
> Tomorrow is the big Day! I am ordering my X.
> I have a TREK 4500 Mountain Bike and I want to ensure I am going to
> and it fits.may need an extra-long
> I ask the kind folks at xtracycle before and they mentiioned that I
> for the Front Attachment Plate.
> If you have experience with a Trek 4500 adding the X please lend
> Thank you!
> I am so Xcited!!!!!
- We have a Trek 4300. The fork had no brazed on points to attach a fender or front rack.
Since I don't use disk brakes, I was able to use zip ties on one brake mounting point on
the left side. I used rubber tape (malleable friction point) and zip ties on the right side. It's
held without any difficulties whatsoever, but we don't do anything extreme with it.