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 Post subject: 1999 Orange Gringo.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:56 pm 
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The boy'O'boy budget build.

Back in November last year my brother mentioned he'd like a bike to take his kids out with and was asking for my advice on some BSO he'd seen in Tescos/Asda and was it good value? - naturally I told him not to waste his money and I could build him up a bike that would be far better than any 'gaspipe' special he could get for £150. - made more difficult by his words 'In that case I want an Orange like yours then!'

The challenge was on.

1. Orange Gringo frame sourced from ebay for a barginous £30. Aluminium frame, wishbone stay, bright yellow finish- not pristine but good condition.

2. Offered a complete 2002 Specialized Rockhopper AL for £30 :shock: in terrible condition as a donor bike. Complete with Rockshox Judy's and a pair of Panaracer Fire XC pro's. Tyres robbed straight away for my Scott scale. Scott donates it's original tyres.

3. Strip donor bike. Spend 1 weekend cleaning parts in kitchen sink! Realise donor frame is actually in pretty good condition and give it a good clean and T-Cut.

4. Sell Specialized frame for £30. 8)

5. Build Gringo up. Outlay £70 on chain/cassette/seatpost/cables and attempt to set up. Something not right so give to LBS for investigation.

6. Derailleurs from years of neglect on donor bike are absolutely knackered. Outlay another £70 on new front & rear mechs and V- brake blocks

7. Completed bike.
Total outlay £170 -
properly set-up, far better than any supermarket self assembly 'special'

One happy brother 8)


Cheers,
boy"O"boy


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Excellent value for money. Not one I'd be in a hurry to sell.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 4:18 pm 
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EarlofBarnet wrote:
Excellent value for money. Not one I'd be in a hurry to sell.


Hopefully he'll use it and look after it! - I'm just glad he didn't waste his money on BSO tat. - Well worth a curry and beers when I deliver it to him. 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:48 pm 
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Very nice. Loved these when they first came out.


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thats truly superb! let us know what he thinks of it, and whether he gets you a curry?
i like the gringo frames
im glad he didnt get a bso, one less to worry about!


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Nowt wrong with a Gringo. I used to have one until it got nick, then I replaced it with another one and that got nicked too when my car was nicked.

It was a nice bike (now replaced with another Orange).


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Gringo's are great bikes, I had an '03 one, loved it.

It's the bike that got me back into biking after a long break.

Your bro will enjoy every minute in the saddle, great build for the cash too.


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im gonna wear you like a glove! :lol: :lol: :lol: nice!


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you have a lucky brother

good job on the budget you had

stubbsy :D


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Nice bike


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