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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:34 pm 
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Hi, Random one for you all, i have a hankering to build a Retro MTB for general use, not afriad to get dirty. I have a nice condition 92/93 Deore DX groupset and three frames to choose from only i don't know which one to go with, was hoping that you could help with the choice.

The first frame is a Saracen Special Edition, had one like this in early 2000 for racing on.
The second is a Marin Bear Valley, tatty but has original stem and forks.
The third is a Shogun Prairie Breaker Pro, this is where the DX groupset has come from.

Which one would you go with?????


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:50 pm 
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Shogun. I appreciate where they came from, some of the heritage & just for the fact that its rarer than the other two.

Sort a different stem for it though....


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:17 pm 
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I'd go for whichever fits you.
the Saracen looks pretty small, the Shogun larger and the Marin in the middle ?

The Marin will probably give the better general bike of the lot, the Saracen the smartest looking and the Shogun the different from the colour factor.

Just get 2 more groupsets.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:28 pm 
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+1 for what fluffychicken said.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:23 pm 
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I would have the marin but my username says it all :lol:

not a fan of the shogun if Im honest but the saracen is quite nice so that would be my second choice


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:54 pm 
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Hi, thanks for the comments so far,

Do any of you recognise the Saracen frame, I looked through the Saracen catalogues and found one with the same stickers but the frame didn't have the pierced top tube?

I am only short with 30" inside leg, both the Marin and Saracen would be the best fit.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:22 pm 
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Well I'm predictable and I'd say go for the Marin...the Bear Valley rides really well for its position in the range...Shogun I'v never been a fan of personally and I know very little about Saracen.....


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:27 pm 
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Sometimes you can have too much choice, i say either the Saracen or the Marin :D

I spent the last few months deciding which of my frames to build, still changing my mind :oops:

I made the mistake of asking my Wife what she thought :facepalm:


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:44 pm 
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I think I'll avoid asking the wife her opinion, it'll be hard to walk let alone ride it if I go with what she'll probably say :D


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:46 pm 
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Oh btw the Marin frame has a '93 Eldridge stem and QR seat clamp on it...but looks like a 96/97 frame?


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