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 Post subject: Re: Tell me about DeKerf
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:14 pm 
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I will certainly try a few out for looks first, then try them out. No idea when ill find the time but hopefully not in the too distant future.


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 Post subject: Re: Tell me about DeKerf
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:13 am 
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ishaw wrote:
or I could go totally crazy and finally fit the lawwill leaders I have to something??


I first built mine up with IRD TL-5s. It was a bit over the top for an understated Canadian hardtail IMHO. I can see the Leaders having the same effect. Tried Bontragers. Looked good, but at 390 it was way too nervous at speed. Then 410 P2s. Finally settled on Mag 21s. I will probably colour match the legs this year.


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 Post subject: Re: Tell me about DeKerf
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:41 am 
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He did make the frames to fit the fork, as just about everyone did in 1994. It was "suspension corrected" for 63mm travel or 415mm rigid forks. 80mm won't faze it; it'l just be a little more stable at warp factor 5.

63mm xc forks didn't come in until 1996. In 1994, most builders designed for 40-50mm travel if they made their frames suspension-adjusted at all (and I don't believe that it's true that most did - more like a half I should have thought).


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 Post subject: Re: Tell me about DeKerf
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:03 am 
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Anthony wrote:
suburbanreuben wrote:
He did make the frames to fit the fork, as just about everyone did in 1994. It was "suspension corrected" for 63mm travel or 415mm rigid forks. 80mm won't faze it; it'l just be a little more stable at warp factor 5.

63mm xc forks didn't come in until 1996. In 1994, most builders designed for 40-50mm travel if they made their frames suspension-adjusted at all (and I don't believe that it's true that most did - more like a half I should have thought).

YUp, but in those days suggested sag was 10%, if that.
The 415/63mm recommendation is from the horses mouth...


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 Post subject: Re: Tell me about DeKerf
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:44 am 
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Good work on picking up a Dekerf. Any pics yet?

After aaages thinking about it, I've just sent my '99 Generation off to Dave Yates for a disc mount on the back, and a respray. Sent off some 425 Salsa Cromotos to be sprayed the same colour.

Setting it up singlespeed too, not sure whether to splash on a Philcentric or get a singleator and see how I get on.

Discs front and back mean I can share the wheels from the Dialled Prince Albert, and the open pros on the crosser. Looking forward to getting back on it!


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 Post subject: Re: Tell me about DeKerf
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:47 am 
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In terms of travel, The Z2 Lights that were on when I bought it were 432mm, figured a bit less than that would replicate some sag, and give me some leeway for a 650B front should I feel like hitching a lift on the bandwagon.


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 Post subject: Re: Tell me about DeKerf
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:58 am 
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can someone tell the story of the rear stays and him cutting the tubes too short and his gf liking it or something or is that nonsense?


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 Post subject: Re: Tell me about DeKerf
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:01 pm 
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actually scratch that, i feel silly but blame utahdog and me not reading to the bottom :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

utahdog2003 wrote:
Chris DeKerf cut the seatstays too short on the prototype, and had to bridge the gap with a horizontal tube. Somebody said, "hey, that looks cool"...probably a girl, and the rest is history...










...OK, that's pretty much all made up. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Tell me about DeKerf
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:04 pm 
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some good stuff on the history here from Anthony

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=81863


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 Post subject: Re: Tell me about DeKerf
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:43 pm 
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suburbanreuben wrote:
The 415/63mm recommendation is from the horses mouth...


The horse told me the same thing as well.


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