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I am just getting back into mt. biking after a 5-year hiatus and am thinking about purchasing a used GF Tassajara to get started again. My plan is to upgrade this bike with high performance components and then transfer them to a FS frame (Racer-X) sometime next year after I get back in the swing of things. I'm pretty sure I would like to setup the FS as a 29er. My question is, can I outfit a 19” Tassajara with a 29” wheelset, and if so, what adjustments need to be made? Also, assuming I plan to move the new components from the Tass to the Racer, are there any that may not be compatible with both frames? Are there specific parts I should be cautious about buying to ensure they will work on the Titan? Thanks for your help.
 

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You are on the right way...

You are heading the right way (heading towards 29ers that is) but I think that you should have a look at 29"er FAQ section and search this forum before you try to convert a 26er to a 29er. I'd would not recommend to convert a 26er to a 29er.
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The X-Caliber's are a little heavy (#30.5'ish). Might want to wait around for the '05 stuff to start coming out (next month or so). Gary Fisher is rumoured to have some more 29" options.
 

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I am just getting back into mt. biking after a 5-year hiatus and am thinking about purchasing a used GF Tassajara to get started again. My plan is to upgrade this bike with high performance components and then transfer them to a FS frame (Racer-X) sometime next year after I get back in the swing of things. I'm pretty sure I would like to setup the FS as a 29er. My question is, can I outfit a 19" Tassajara with a 29" wheelset, and if so, what adjustments need to be made? Also, assuming I plan to move the new components from the Tass to the Racer, are there any that may not be compatible with both frames? Are there specific parts I should be cautious about buying to ensure they will work on the Titan? Thanks for your help.
5 year hiatus you say... So first you want to buy a used Tassa, then replace all the components, then move all those components onto a F/S frame. That sure sounds like a lot of money and a lot of wrenching in something that you have lacked interest in for 5 years. When will you have time to ride?

Unless I'm mistaken, the Tassa is a 26" wheel bike. At least my wife's '01 is. 29" wheel will not fit. If you want a F/S, 29"er, buy it now and save yourself a lot of effort. If you lack the money then just buy the Tassa and ride it as is till you can afford to save for a better bike.

For what its worth, my wife's Tassa is near stock and works just fine for the amount that she rides it.
 

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You sound like my wife...

EIBfan said:
5 year hiatus you say... So first you want to buy a used Tassa, then replace all the components, then move all those components onto a F/S frame. That sure sounds like a lot of money and a lot of wrenching in something that you have lacked interest in for 5 years. When will you have time to ride?

Unless I'm mistaken, the Tassa is a 26" wheel bike. At least my wife's '01 is. 29" wheel will not fit. If you want a F/S, 29"er, buy it now and save yourself a lot of effort. If you lack the money then just buy the Tassa and ride it as is till you can afford to save for a better bike.

For what its worth, my wife's Tassa is near stock and works just fine for the amount that she rides it.
It's not really a question of money but to me it just doesn't make much sense to drop $3-4K on something that I'm just getting interested again. The idea here was to save some money by getting the Tass, upgrade the components as I saw fit (assuming I ride enough to justify it), and then move to a nice FS frame once I became proficient on the hardtail. I was simpy asking if there were any components that may not work on both frames if I ever move to a FS. For obvious reasons the 29" wheel sent up a red flag.
 

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Most of the components will transfer over just fine - you may run into some difficulties with bike specific thinks like FD clamp, seatpost, and possibly bb. Of course then you have things which are specific to a 29"er - but they are really just frame, fork, rims, tubes and tyres.

Having said that, I would question whether it is wortthwhile transferring Tassajara level components onto something as nice as a Racer-X. So get the second hand bike for the meantime - get your riding bug back, and then build up a nice Racer-X or whatever else takes your fancy when you feel your level of riding justifies it.

Sam
 
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