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New Addition to the Family…

Running a full suspension bike is awfully expensive sometimes. Things break, and it requires some love to keep it going. In order to keep my riding consistently problem free, I’ve adopted a shiny new 2004 Specialized P.3. I got such a killer deal on it. It was listed at $2099. I got it for $999. Because no one makes 100% on a bike, it was totally under cost. They had to get rid of it because it was a 2004 model, and 2007 was coming. The nice thing about the bike was that everything was still current, and solid. I totally scored on this one. It’s such a sexy looking thing…


2004 Specialized P.3

The bike is an Shimano XT/LX mix with DEORE shifters and rear hub and cassette. I upgraded the rear rotor to an 8 inch rotor, chucked the shitty grips for some ODI Ruffian Lock-On’s, and found an awesome deal on a Marzocchi 66VF to replace the Dirt Jumper II. After those things, it has turned from a street rig, to a competent freeride machine. I was worried about the taller fork (100 mm to 170 mm on the 66VF) but being that the P.3 had a slightly shorter BB height, and a steeper head angle by half a degree, it actually worked out quite well with the 66VF. It choppers out about as much as my Session, which isn’t bad.

Now it’s time to go hurt myself on some dirt jumps…



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