is this a good idea or stupid
If you have to ask….
A few reasons, different frames have different headtube lengths. Be a pain keeping track on the spacers.Posted 4 years ago
You’d need the same headset (or at least ones that take the same crown race)
Tire clearance issues
Uneven wear on the cassette/chains
Youll get bored of swapping and just leave your favourite one built up.
if i want more than 2 bikes but want to save money.
is it worth having 3 or 4 frames but only having 2 wheelsets and forks
keep the rest of the bike setup with everything else.
keep the wheel on the front fork and its probably 10 mins to just change the wheels over.
you can only ride one at a time anyway
say forks are £300 and wheelset £200 thats like a free frame.
AND it saves room.
it sounds a good idea to me!Posted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Think 2 wheelsets would work, assuming no axle compatibility issues. No problems there. 2 forks though? As said, that’s not a goer.
It’s unlikely you would want to ride all 4 bikes equally. So maybe one forkless frame would be reasonable. Ride it once in a while and stick the fork in as required. It sort of suggests that the bike would need to be quite similar to its fork companion, though, if they’re sharing this critical component. So the motivation to swap out and ride it may not be there.Posted 4 years agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
I do something a bit similar.
I have a 456 that I either run with 140mm vanilla and 26″ wheel or as a rigid 69r.
I would be springy in the summer rigid rest of year for lower maintenance and to add some edge to the south s tamer trails at winter speeds. About 30 minutes to do the swap including a swap of the brake caliper. Another brake would speed it up but my spare is too variable in working or not.
In brief I think I am saying it’s ok if you doo it one in a while or just like tinkering with bikes (that will be me)
Make sure you have a mess free head set that you can get spare crown races for.Posted 4 years ago
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