I happened to be given a decent bike - Trek 1000 - in a good condition. The only problem is that the frame is only 56 cm while I am quite tall so I need ~62 cm. Is it possible to take all the nice parts from the current bike and put it on a new/used larger frame? I think all of the parts should fit the new one, I am just not sure about the fork. I do not know much about bikes neither I ride a lot (at this point), so any advice is greatly appreciated!

  • 2
    If you buy a new frame, it's easier and probably cheaper to sell your current bike, and buy a complete new one. Mar 16, 2015 at 7:13
  • Agree with @Eric. The components aren't anything special.
    – andy256
    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:54
  • 2
    Given a Trek 1000 wasn't a high end bike, swapping the components over won't be worth it (esp. if you dont have all the tools on hand already) versus selling the bike and getting something else. You'll likely not want to put the fork off the current bike onto the new one since the geometry will likely not come out right anyway. But if you really want to, pretty much everything can be swapped over to a new frame.
    – Batman
    Mar 16, 2015 at 14:23
  • Given that the 1000 wasn't a top-of-the-range bike, you'll probably find that the only way of getting a larger frame is to buy the whole bike, at which point the whole exercise becomes moot. Oct 6, 2018 at 23:34

1 Answer 1


This is a very doable project. However, the cost benefit will vary. You need to be very sure of what parts will be reusable. If you are going to pay your local shop to do the work then as @Eric Smekens has said, sell the old one and look for a bike that fits. If you are planning on doing it yourself it is an excellent way to learn how your bike works and how to do your own service. You must consider the cost of the special tools you'll need to buy, and if they will be used enough to justify the expense. Some cost considerations you may not have thought of. You may find some of the bearings serviceable, but not worth paying someone to reinstall them. Some parts may need to be replaced because they won't fit the new frame.

  • 1
    I second this, use your current bike as a bike donor and buy a new frame probably will cost more since you need to buy bike tools (socket drive, allen keys, chain breaker, bb puller, crank puller, etc). All these tools probably will cost $100 - $150.
    – azer89
    Mar 16, 2015 at 14:07

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.