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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:33 pm 
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I'd say option two - a nice rider.


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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Team Titanium
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:49 pm 
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Be careful with those "new forks" as they tend to be too long for those old frames. It will ruin the drive characteristics. Just sayn'.


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It's a double edged sword though as old forks, as cool as they look, just don't work as well! It came with a set of Manitou 4's but the internals are knackered and beyond my skill levels to repair!


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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Team Titanium
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:04 pm 
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I've had one of these and it was a great bike (link in sig below to it)

I had a modern build on it with Sid forks & the handling was spot on.

However I can't remember if the forks were 80 or 100 travel


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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Team Titanium
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:08 am 
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Jea, well. If you have a nice new fork that works well. But you then end up with a bike that does handle like an old donkey - where's the gain in that?

You will have troubles finding a suitable new fork anyhow. Because you need 1 1/8" non tapered steerer, canti bosses, 26", and, on top of that, 80mm max travel. Hardly any modern forks have canti bosses nowadays. The solution for that would be a new wheel, a disk brake and a new shifter... Where is the end to that? You can buy a perfectly fine bike that is ready to go for less money than you would get selling your current frame.

I can see no sense in "upgrading" such a bike with modern parts, from an financial point of view. You would spend so much money only to end up with a weird looking (and presumably handling) bike.

I personally would either go the full retro road, if I was into the frame that much. And I really think this bike would deserve a proper build.
Or I would just fix it up "cheap" with - well - close to period correct used parts and just ride like that.


I did that exact mistake when I came back to mountainbiking. Had a nice full rigid retro frame. It was a lot of fun, but a bit harsh up front. Wanted a nice boingy-fork, fitted a 120mm Rock Shox Psylo to that poor steel frame, went to the woods and had - NO fun at all! The fork was way too long the handling was rubbish. I would not go around corners. It was softer thou.
I then got myself a pair of (cheap) hydracoil Judys. They were 100mm travel but you can reduce them to 80mm. With those the fun was back. And it was all in those 40mm travel.


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What's the frame worth then, out of interest?


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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Team Titanium
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:52 pm 
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As its titanium, I would say 350 Euro for the bare frame, minimum. Thats for the german market.


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What about here in the U.K.?


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 Post subject: Re: 1995 Team Titanium
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:30 pm 
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Andy B wrote:
I've had one of these and it was a great bike (link in sig below to it)

I had a modern build on it with Sid forks & the handling was spot on.

However I can't remember if the forks were 80 or 100 travel


I think they were 80mm Andy, about as long as the frame will be fine with.
It was a nice bike :-)


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If it was me and you don't mind the weight of bombers, then I would getsoem 80mm bombers, not expect expensive normally.
Or some 80mm Judy Hydrocoils or Fox or similar late 90s/00 forks.
Then modernise the kit if it needs. replacing,get a new stem and seat.


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