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 Post subject: Pimp My Ride!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:45 pm 
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Ok, I'll admit I'm a magpie. The bits are I buy tend to be the things that look nice and I wasn't really into scouring the web for the "right" parts. But this site takes hold and there are frames that deserve it, and I think my FRO (frame number 368) is one of them.

But, what should I build it with? I have most of the M730 groupset but is this right for the year (estimated at 1988)?

What about the peripherals? QRs, stem, seatpost, saddle, wheels?

Should I copy Mike's fabulous build that went up today?

Here she is with a mish mash of parts. Budget's not necessarily the issue. Input greatly appreciated ...

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:57 pm 
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in my eyes, the only part that spoils that near perfect build is the front wheel. a more conventional ringle front hub would be perfect.
hyperlite or yeti bars, xt/xtr or grafton cantis

if you're going for a 1988 build you'd have to change quite a few of those parts, personally I dont have a problem with mixed date parts as long as they're inkeeping tho... I'd change the front wheel & pretty much leave as is :)


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:11 pm 
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An 88 build would be tough :) It would most certainly have to involve Bullseye cranks and an FTW stem. Brutal.

Here's an interesting specimen circa 88 for comparison:

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But hey, 'proper' doesn't apply, its how you want it to look, not how it's 'supposed' to look.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:12 am 
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Since I'm the BikePimp, this is the way I would like to see it get pimped....( You did say "Pimp my Bike"). It's all in good fun, plus it took me a while to Photoshop this.

Sorry, but couldn't help it...I'm just doing my job. All kidding aside, I agree the front wheel, eventhough it's nice, takes away. I think a vintage silver or 3-D Violet A-Tac stem would like more in place. Black saddle instead? Some CNC cranks or first Gen XTR would add some spice.

Nice bike. Wish I still had one....once of these days.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 10:52 am 
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:) - great picture BikePimp. I wonder if I can get some UV lights fitted under the down tube!

An FTW stem would be pretty cool. They come up occasionally .... other than that I think a Ringlé hubbed wheel could be good, or Scant suggested a HED.

I seem to remember the front mech cable being pretty funky on these. The mech is moved by pressure from the cable outer, or something.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:33 pm 
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Kestonian wrote:
I seem to remember the front mech cable being pretty funky on these. The mech is moved by pressure from the cable outer, or something.


Thats how mine is run.

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The actuation of the housing moves the front mech lever. Works fine.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:00 pm 
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Same as a Trimble...


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:35 pm 
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jez-2-many-bikes wrote:
Same as a Trimble...



And, a little bit more exotically :wink: , early '90s Trek 900 series bikes


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