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If you had to entrust your pride and joy full suspension frame to have its bearings replaced
which front range bike shop would you choose?

Who has the experience, correct tools to do the job?
 

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Buy the tools & DYI. It'll cost the same as having a shop do it for you.

But that's just me :D
 

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This is why I bought a bike with bushings, not bearings. :D

I'm not sure what shop would be the best, but may I suggest you limit your search to a bike shop that actually sells your brand of bike.
 

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The one time I've had it done I went to Mojo Wheels. I have no complaints about the job they did. It was quick and done well.
 

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I did it myself

I bought a 2008 DB Mission (used) that I determined to need new bearings after tearing down the frame to clean it before build-up. I ordered enduro bearings and used a combination of threaded rod and sockets/washers AND some really slick bearing sleeves from the HW store (<$10 in bits)...

Make no mistake, proper tools and a slow, steady hand are essential. It was nerve racking when one of the bearings went in crooked, but all ended fine.

My local shop of choice (I consider excellent workmanship and cost) wanted like $10/bearing labor --> $80. Then, there would be the $40 for the bearings.

The rear end was so smooth after new bearings... like a new frame.

There are loads of pictorials in the "FRAMES" forum....
 

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Pau11y said:
Buy the tools & DYI. It'll cost the same as having a shop do it for you.

But that's just me :D
I hammer the bad ones out/destroy them...then tap in slightly with a properly sized socket...then use a QR skewer and some sockets to press them in the rest of the way gently. The real tools will make installation fool proof, but it's still fairly easy with makeshift junk.

But to answer your question...I always feel safe leaving my bike with Salvagetti in downtown denver.
 

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I'll only entrust my pride and joy to The Fix in Boulder, Redstone in Lyons, and Mountain High in Loveland. If you know what you're looking for a good place to find a wide range of bearings is Whisler Bearings in Denver (303) 377-3444‎
 

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The bike isn't sold in this country, I already have replacement bearings
from Enduro, but I can't seem to match some of them to any press I can find.

As it's only a once every couple of years job, I'm okay with giving a local bike shop
my money, and the chance of me messing it up are reasonable.

Thanks for all the suggestions, much appreciated.
 

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You can press them with some imagination and clamps.

That you have to replace bearings or bushings every couple years is amazing to me.

I guess you ride a lot.
 

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Update:

I decided to tap out the bearings myself, not an easy job at all, there were a few
that I just couldn't get at so ended up renting a drop puller from Autozone of all places.

Turin Bikes in Denver pressed the new ones in, they were the only place I could find
after calling around a bunch of shops that actually had the correct size press.

Very professional, job done well. I would recommend them.

$30 to press in 10 bearings.
 
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