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  • Intense Uzzi with BBSHD

    73mm bottom bracket, used 68 to 73 BBSHD. 2 3/4 inches of clearance with small problem. Jumbo Shark Hailong-3 on bottle cage with issues. Straight down tube allows good clearance. Long seatpost for dropper post.

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    My buddy has been going with me often. His cattle dog is one of the few who can keep up with my husky. Time for his own bike, so I gave him the basics of what to look for and the Uzzi appeared on my porch.

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    The 2 3/4 inches seems to be the tough thing to find in a craigslist photo so I sent him looking for the virtual pivot point rear suspension which the Uzzi has. However I found one pivot point on the Uzzi has a bolt sticking out a couple of millimeters. I hate shimming the chainline out anyways, but when using the 68-73 motor on a 73 there isn't much thread left for shimming. So I filed down most of the bolt until I got nervous the c-clip might come off and did add a shim to get around what was left. Don't forget to add washers on the other side equal to the shims along with the collar for 73 bottom brackets. (I saw a 73 done with no collar or washers and the bracket just bent. It was a terrible install at every point and yet it still sort of worked.)

    The battery does fit on the bottle cage, but upside down and backwards. I feel fine about the upside down part with three velcro straps doing most of the work. However the backwards thing bugs me. I wish I had a rivnut set to make him some new places to bolt it up. He did spend for the 5p battery because every newbie has range anxiety, but the regular shark hailong-1 4p battery would have been enough and lighter.

    The frame can take a dropper post, but that is not going to happen. As it is this already costs more than his car, so there will be compromises.

    The Uzzi was $600. It is very capable for the money. It is more capable than my more expensive enduro type bike. It has thicker front forks, 2.7 wide downhill tires, spring shocks seem more supple compared to my air shocks, and bigger disc brakes. One would think this is worth the extra 13 pounds it weighs over mine, until you put it on the car, or carry it over a log. Oh crap, I just became a weight weenie.

    I have no idea what these came with stock, but this one had a downhill cassette with a 26 tooth low gear. That had to go. (We live at the lake you see way down below in all my pictures. Hill climbing is what we do!) It runs a 30 tooth mighty mini to a 9 speed 11-34 cassette now. I hate the chainline but the sram derailleur is only a medium cage that wouldn't go up to a 42 tooth and it would cost a lot to do what I wanted. As it is that was a hundred bucks he didn't count on, but had to be done. Walmart for a schwinn seat, huffy front bag, and bell helmet. Hey, he looks good, you can see from the picture my wife thinks so.

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    This is my fourth write up but I haven't written up the other two bikes in the picture, are you interested?

  • #2
    Yes that step through frame looks interesting.


    • #3
      My trolling caught a Giga Member! I am so honored. If I remember right calfree did a Townie Cruiser with the BBSHD above the bottom bracket. I was so inspired I too want to do this to her bike.

      And all my crazy ideas is what has kept me from doing any writing. I am waiting for $600 of parts from the Netherlands and the motor above the bracket. By the time this happens I will probably have more ideas. You have done long threads documenting it as you go along so I promise to get to it.

      She is pretty and much more capable than you would think. The bike too.

      Yup, it's a Townie. It all started because I made her a perfectly capable bike that fit her: However I learned never give your wife something called “Stinky”.

      So I came at it from the other direction. A beautiful blue Townie with a wicker basket for $250 from Craigs list. I bolted up the BBSHD, fitted a 2.7 wide downhill tire, and ran our famous single tracks.

      First thing I learned is that mountain bikers with spandex have no sense of humor. It is has been a couple of weeks and not even a smile, and I expected outright laughter.

      I am reading up on Bike Porn and will get some pictures. A $300 seat post on a $250 bike deserves a good picture.


      • #4
        Here you go:


        • #5
          My first bbshd conversion was on my '96 Uzzi. I used the Luna Eclipse 42 chainring with a 11-34 9 speed. I use the mighty mini battery. In the photo the battery holder is in the triangle, I later moved it under the bottom tube so I could at a bottle cage.


          • #6
            how does the battery installed under the tube works for you? looks like you did a trail ride. did it hold on tight on bumps? i have the same option but i have a plus tire and there is a 3 inches clearance from the battery and front wheel. i wont be doing crazy drops that's for sure but still wanted to hear insights regarding this battery position. Thanks in advance!


            • #7
              It holds up fine. It has been a couple of weeks of single track that is rough with rocks. I would not do it without the big velcros. However it has more than 3" of clearance.

              Take the air out of your shocks and check clearance with it compressed. The Uzzi isn't an air shock so we pulled it down with ratchet straps to check. Remember the 7p battery is taller than the 5p


              • #8
                The mighty mini 30 tooth wore out. It is now a ninja throwing star. A bad chain line is more than just aesthetics, it costs money in the long run.


                • #9
                  Looks great, are you sure the battery wont get hit by the front wheel at full fork compression? I really would like to do this with my HL-3 on my Haro X7 but I am pretty sure there would be clearance issues. :(


                  • #10
                    It is too close. That is why I want the battery right side up.