Changing the frame in 4 minutes

Who needs Photoshop when you have the sun?

Last week we spent a quality day changing a frame on a cross-country (or XC for short) bicycle and we thought of recording it since it was a nice day and all. The donor was a 2008 GT Avalanche 1.0 that had done it’s job and we swapped most of the parts from it to a brand new Kinesis Maxlight XC Pro 2. The build is complete with Shimano XT, Race Face Deus parts with Reba Rockshox suspension. While changing parts, we also made sure that everything was brand spanking clean before it went on the new frame as we wanted the “make me brand new” feeling to come through in the process.

Who needs Photoshop when you have the sun?

The weather was awesome, and the building went without a hitch apart from the headset. We didn’t know that the Kinesis frame doesn’t eat a normal 1.1/8-inch headset, but it uses a Zero Stack (ZS) headset which is a 44mm, so we had to spend a few hours driving around for a replacement, which we luckily found and the building continued.

The end result was a light and solid ride and we got to test out the tools properly – no problems yet.

Hope you like the video, and if you do, let us know so we can do more!

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By Markus Sandelin

Markus is a bike commuter gadget freak who is learning the ropes of the bike world, you can find him all around the web - but you can start with his twitter at @banton.