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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:01 pm 
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I'm looking to build a retro SS for commuting, the link below is the frame I am thinking of getting, would anyone have any opinion on it? Also for getting parts to build it would most off the shelf parts fit on an older frame or would I need to source second hand retro parts?

http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/mount ... to-content


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:14 pm 
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Looks like a classy frame, check the BB threads are OK and it's straight - otherwise it seems like a steal!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:35 pm 
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Any tips on checking if it's straight?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:50 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:06 pm 
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Any tips on checking if it's straight?


http://sheldonbrown.com/frame-spacing.html

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would most off the shelf parts fit on an older frame or would I need to source second hand retro parts?


There are quite a few variations for hub width, headset size and bottom bracket widths and threads, but 90s onwards MTB frames were pretty standard.

You can fit new or old parts, the headset will either be 1" or 1 1/8" and both are still readily available in threaded and unthreaded variations. You will need forks to suit the same as well. There are also a couple of bottom bracket shell widths, either 68mm or 73mm wide, almost certainly English thread, and bottom brackets to fit both are also readily available in a variety of types: Square taper, Octalink, Isis or more modern external types .

The rear hub spacing will almost certainly be 135mm, the front 100mm - easily checked with a ruler.


Some useful sites:

http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help
http://www.madegood.org/


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:54 pm 
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Colin747 wrote:
I'm looking to build a retro SS for commuting, the link below is the frame I am thinking of getting, would anyone have any opinion on it? Also for getting parts to build it would most off the shelf parts fit on an older frame or would I need to source second hand retro parts?

http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/mount ... to-content


Looks like a 95 DB Response Sport frame (colour seems correct with the brochure). The description says AVR tubing used in the main tubes, and "CrMo P.G. stays". Should be 1 1/8" head tube, and 68mm BB shell width, 135mm rear dropout width.

It would have come with a boingy fork: Rock Shock Quadra 5. Geometry wise, it was in the same section as the Ascent EX and Ascent, as was the price (list price was £599.32 for the complete bike in 95).

Finishing kit would have been almost completely STX (with a few exceptions in cost cutting - cranks and chainset, pedals, that sort of thing).


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:29 am 
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Neil wrote:
Colin747 wrote:
I'm looking to build a retro SS for commuting, the link below is the frame I am thinking of getting, would anyone have any opinion on it? Also for getting parts to build it would most off the shelf parts fit on an older frame or would I need to source second hand retro parts?

http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/mount ... to-content


Looks like a 95 DB Response Sport frame (colour seems correct with the brochure). The description says AVR tubing used in the main tubes, and "CrMo P.G. stays". Should be 1 1/8" head tube, and 68mm BB shell width, 135mm rear dropout width.

It would have come with a boingy fork: Rock Shock Quadra 5. Geometry wise, it was in the same section as the Ascent EX and Ascent, as was the price (list price was £599.32 for the complete bike in 95).

Finishing kit would have been almost completely STX (with a few exceptions in cost cutting - cranks and chainset, pedals, that sort of thing).


Thanks for finding that out, great bit of info to have.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:32 am 
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So seems like a good buy to everyone?


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