Thursday, November 3, 2016

New Bike day! 2011 Specialized Enduro Comp

Yep! you read that title right: its new bike day. What is the flavor today you ask?

2011 Specialized Enduro Comp

So...those of you know know me in person will attest to the idea that I am a cheapskate: I never buy brand new when it comes to significant purchases like cars or bikes. I really want that brand new all carbon 29er enduro but at the end of the day I simply cannot come to terms with spending the better part of $10,000 on a car, let alone a bike!

Me and eBay go way back though. Way further than craigslist could hope to go! I have bought vehicles and paintball gear and all sorts of useless chinese junk through ebay and now i have bought a complete, albeit used, bicycle!

Of course this idea comes with lots of unknowns and puts a LOT of trust in the seller. This is not always well founded trust.
But it is usually enough of a good deal to me to take that risk and worry about the details later. This bike was one of the "worry about the details later" moments just like the Porsche adventure was.

I did get a complete bicycle and not a box of rocks, so at least I have that going for me. I ended up paying about $950, once shipping was added on, for a well abused 6 year old bike. maybe not the best of gambles but it should be fun to ride once I spend a bunch more money on it!

This is what she looks like assembled and out of the box. 
Per the ebay ad I already know the following:
  • Rear triangle was replaced with a piece from a 2012. Gives the bike a 12x142 rear axle.
  • Rear Easton Havoc wheel has a pretty big dent in it.
  • Lots of paint scuffs and chips.
  • Thompson Elite seat post
Now for the things I have discovered since unwrapping and setting it up tonight:
  • LOTS of scuffs and paint chips. Way more than anticipated and clearly from trail use not just "from the cheap bike rack I used" stuff.
  • Tires are original, and full of tubeless goo, and have bent presta valves. But do take air and appear to hold at least for a few minutes!
  • Handlebars are from BlkMrkt. Hubba hubba!
  • Seat is an old Bontrager junker...will probably replace with the WTB Speed on the old hardrock.
  • front brake master cylinder is shot. pushes fluid out of the gasket somehow.
  • Shock needs a rebuild. oil comes out when pumping the pressure up.
  • Cranks are badly beaten and at least one is bent.
  • Rear derailleur hanger is bent, possibly from shipping as pictured above. Hard to tell if the derailleur itself is bent.
  • Fork should probably be rebuilt while I am at it.
  • Should probably replace the suspension bearings while I am tearing things up.
Thats all I have so far.  Looking forward to some, hopefully, easy wrenching and tuning!

Stay tuned for more!

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