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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 9:43 pm 
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Hi there, I'm new to the forum and hoping to get some advice on a retro build I'm doing.
I picked up some really nice 26" wheels a while ago, really cheap. The rear is a ritchey hub and the front specialized both have ritchey rims and hutchinson top slick tyres. I then bought a gt outpost trail complete and in need of tlc off flea-bay to fit the wheels to.
I'm looking to build a road type bike, sort of like a city fixie bike but with gears. I'd like to put some decent components on it, the shimano stuff on the bike is really basic and I need something to suit the 8 speed cassette on the rear (it was 7 speed) and triple front chainring.
Any ideas are greatfully received. I'll try and post some pics as I progress, see how it goes..


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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 10:15 pm 
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I think pre 1999 was all 8 speed. :?

http://mombat.org/Shimano.htm#1998

Pick a groups set and start hunting for the parts :)


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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 8:03 am 
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Thanks for the link, that should come in handy.
I'll try to add a picture, I could be miles off with the year of the bike.
Are the xt front deraillieurs compatable, my cable comes from below, is that bottom rather than top pull? Sorry but I'm pretty new to bike building..


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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 8:48 am 
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Looks like a 1998 in Atomic Grape to me (see attached page 7).

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2/d/10541-2/1998.pdf

If you just want a daily rider I would go with Shimano STX.


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