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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:35 pm 
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Location: It's not easy being a dolphin.
OK. I'm bored despite having lot's to do I need a healthy divergence.

Basically, I need to have a build.

I've got most parts, but this is what I'm after:

- dropbar build, so rear canti-stop would be the norm.
- full rigid.
- something mid-90s or earlier.
- rack mounts on the rear, front
would be a big bonus
- no gas pipe tubing. Ti or quality
steel or experimental mixes / bonded with AL or even carbon.
- lively handling when unloaded.
- doesn't steer like a drunk pig with moderate load.
- 26" tyres... width about 1.9" more than good enough.
- threadless 1 1/8" forks a bonus.

Any suggestions fellas?

....or do I have to go custom or butcher some of the current stock?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:50 pm 
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Does it absolutely have to have 26" wheels?

I ask as I have this unusual (I've not been able to find any info on it, or a reference in any catalogues- but it's deffo legit) bonded alloy Dawes tourer/CX frame along with a pair of Dawes forks & some Suntour Hubbed wheels...

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:19 pm 
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Mmmmh. Well, I can deal with 700c, but clearance would need to be at last 35mm. I've got some old Mavic's in the attic.

Tell me more about the vital statistics of that doors. I'm interested in bust size, down-tube and top-tube, and rear spacing.

Cheers fella ;-)


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:34 pm 
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Will do.

I'll try to remember to bring a tape measure from work tomorrow as I can't remember the frame stats off hand.

It has oodles of tyre clearance though. :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:45 pm 
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Funny you should post this as I’ve just done that too.........

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There’s your inspiration. 531, rack, 2.3 (just) drops and 3x9 Deore and no plastic spoke protector.

Over to you.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:40 am 
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Nice rack THM. So, what be that very tidy frame there then?

Definitely something interesting. How is the handling?


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:27 am 
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All here. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=356874


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:12 pm 
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Woz, it sounds like you need two different bikes from your wish list!

From your description the only things that come to mind are modern bikes. A Charge Plug 5 in Prestige steel would be one option - though very limited off-road or maybe a Boardman CX bike.

I can’t see a quality frame designed for XC being much fun when loaded. THM’s bike which is in ATB era design does appear to be the best compromise.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:19 pm 
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Location: It's not easy being a dolphin.
Yeah...a bit difficult but really
after a sturdy all rounder capable of only moderate XC, doing errands,
light weekend touring.

....not too shoddy, not too chic ;-)

I'm tempted to convert my old tatty '93 Miyata Path Runner as it ticks most
boxes just to see how it could
perform loaded and what kind of position fit is possible with
drops.


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