Gary Fisher Aquelia build... The Rotten Orange

Today's $200 Craigslist score. This is a Gary Fisher Aquila MTB. This will be the bike that I'll be installing Ghost0's jackshaft kit on. It is a 27 speed from the start, so this thing is going to have just a wicked range of gearing available. It'll be running a 48cc boygofast slanthead engine, which will be painted flat black with some orange tribal flames to match the rest of the bike.

Ghost0s kit will also be color matched to the bike. I can't wait to start getting this bike together!!!! So, Ghost0, if you are reading this, lemme know when orders need to be in and I'd like to have one of the first ones out the door for this puppy.

Here are the pics:

Overview of the stance of the bike:

Kenda Kinetic Kevlar tires (Had to ditch one due to damage, but wil be looking for a replacement kevlar equivalent):

Iron cross pedals.. pretty pimp:

The headset lock says it all:

This sticker will totally fit the bike once the engine is installed:

Deore LX derailleurs:

Count them.. NINE gears out back.. yeah baby!

Mavic wheels.. These run nice and true.

linear pull brakes front and rear. Stop this puppy on a dime!
nice bike
I got an old steel frame Mtn bike (off brand I never heard of before) that's gong to get the motor and jackshaft. When I get all the bugs ironed out the motor and jackshaft will go onto a TREK 6000 series frame, with disc brakes, 9-speed cassette and a real nice front shock that I forgot the name of since I took all the stickers of my bike years ago.
with the jackshaft, from the pictures I've seen, it looks as if you only have 2 chainrings up front, 1 driven by the pedals, the other driven by the motor. This would only leave a 9-speed cassette available as far as gears go.
but a 9-speed, disc brake, hard tail mtn bike with a 70cc motor would be an absolute blast to ride.
There are 3 chainrings up front. I figure the largest will get driven by the jackshaft then I can choose between the other two rings to drive the 9 sprockets out back.
That's gonna fly.
That seat says "Ouch" though. :D
I could never understand how roadies can roll on seats so harsh.
Oh I know. The seat is the first thing to go. I'm gonna pick up a nice gel suspnsion seat from walmart to replace it. I have one on my current motored bike and its an absolute joy to ride on. I can ride 30-40 miles and my bum is as happy as can be.

Just looking at that seat, its also no wonder why so many roadies go sterile..

One thing I forgot to mention is that once this new bike is finished, I am going to give away my first motored bike to my longtime roommate who is in need of cheap transportation. Hes currently disabled, having had 2 heart attacks and diabetes and is on social security disability. He has a hard time putting gas in his VW bug, as he just cant afford it.

Rather than selling my current bike, I feel that giving it away to someone that needs it will bring myself and my friend/roommate a lot more joy. It'll also give him a lot more freedom. I have about $600 invested in my current motored bike, but I figure it is just money and I'll be a lot happier about helping someone that can really use it.

So, if thats a good enough reason to want to get one of the first jackshaft kits off the shelf, I'll gladly fork over the $$$ ahead of time to Ghost0 and his business partner. The sooner I get this bike together, the better.
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now that is cool
me thinks the world would be a much better place if more people thought like you did

*edit for spelling*
I can speel, I just can't tpye ;)
Oh, I almost forgot.. the original wheels/tires had presta valve tubes installed. I hate presta valves, so I stripped the wheels down to the rims and drilled the valve hole large enough for the shraeder valve to fit through. THen, I installed a brand new set of heavy duty slime tubes in the tires and put it all back together.

I dunno why, but I just really dont like presta valves.
Picked up a new wide Gel seat yesterday from walmart, since those narrow seats and I just dont agree. I'll get that installed sometime today when I feel like it.

Also, I stripped down the HT motor to check it out and pull out all the hardware to replace it with high grade stuff from ACE.

Next thing on the list will be to order up a double kickstand, rear rack, and a few other goodies that I just love on my other bike. SInce I am giving my ENTIRE other bike to my disabled friend, I have to pick up a second of everything I put on that bike for this one.

I'll also be ordering up a set of new shifters for the handlebars; The ones on this bike are pretty beat up and sicne I'll be going with the jackshaft drive, I need to know exactly what gear Im in at all times.
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Here are some updated photos of the bike build. I have all the old components stripped off, including handlebars and front deraileur (wont be needing it). Also added a suspension seatpost, 25.4 to 27.2 seatpost adapter for the new post, and a really nice rear rack:

First off, here are my two supervisors, making sure I put this bike together correctly:

Removed derailer:

New headlight arrangement: Nice and out of the way:

Rear rack.. This sucker is extremely heavy duty. Easy install as wel:

The whole bike as it sits right now.. kinda naked looking without an engine on it!

Gettng close to the handlebar height that I need. I think I am going to see if I can find a steeper angle stem to raise the bars up another inch or so and bring them just a bit closer to me.

Squishy Gel seat will have to do until I can save up for a nice Brooks saddle:
That rack is the best. Makes this bike look real serious. What you doin' up? I thought you would be in a drugged sleep for a day or two after the ride today. I wanna build my bicycle too.