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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:17 am 
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I started this build about 2 years ago and i'm happy its finally finished (nearly!!)

I started out with an old claud butler vantage that was my brothers before me, in the family for 14 years and about 4 years old when he got it! it had ok-ish components (mixture of deore & alivio) but had a 4" split in one of the chainstays so it had to go.

the first thing going through my head was "I want an orange" for no other reason than I could never afford one when I was younger and now I have disposable income, it was possible!!

at the time, ebay turned up a fair few patriots but not much else, especially nothing hardtail & sub £400 apart from some basket case looking bikes that I can only assume spent half their lives living in a canal. I went into the frames section and managed to turn up my frame, it was nearly mint, it was an orange and it seemed like a good idea at the time (don't drink and ebay folks..... its a bad idea!)

I took the frame down to my LBS along with the dead claud and we set about working out what could be salvaged. The first incarnation was a mismatched shambles featuring 18 year old deore hubbed wheels, new alivio rear mech, new deore front mech, my old deore shifters, new easton riser bar (complemented with my old bronze ano brace) my own triple trap platforms (have been on every bike i've owned since i was about 13 / 14) forks are bomber m2 supercomps and a raceface deus stem picked up for a steal on ebay.

The bike spent about 18 months in this state, rideable but in desperate need of new wheels so, another trip to ebay turned up a set of mavic rimmed, DMR hubbed wheels, dropped these on along with a new 9 speed cassette, sram x.9 rear mech and shifter (the only thing i've got left to do is an x.9 front mech and shifter). I also tidied up the bars by acquiring a matching stem and flat bar from one of my local shops, (Dave Hinde), with their own branding on it, a pair of stubby ritchey bar ends and i'm extremely happy with how it now looks and more importantly how it rides.

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(i really must sort out a better picture of it because this doesn't do it much justice)

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:40 am 
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Gringo's are great bikes, love the colour.

Not so sure on the saddle colour & pedals...

I had a '03 in metallic black & it was the first frame I upgraded a fair bit, shame I had to sell it.

Any idea on the year of yours?

The serial number should give a clue


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:26 am 
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i'll admit that the pedals are too chunky for it & stand out like a sore thumb..... but I like them!!! the saddle...... its comfy and i kinda like it!!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:06 am 
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Looks pretty tidy, I like it. I'm being drawn into the world of orange recently, not sure why.

It's all personal choice of course but I have to agree that the pedals don't seem to fit the look. I do like the saddle though, what is it?

By the way, how many spacers are above your headset :roll:


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:22 am 
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there is about 2 1/4" in spacers above the tube :oops: because its only a 15 1/2" frame and it was intended (when i built it) to be an allrounder i needed the extra height to make it comfortable on longer road rides BUT I am 90% finished on a road based MTB project that will mean i can setup this one for XC stuff so its getting lowered to about 1" once i'm happy with my roadie!


the saddle is from charge iirc, the local shop had loads of them in at the time in everything from white to black, flouro orange, pink & green to dark red & purple. I just liked the brown one and thought it looked pretty good on the top! (plus i nearly bought a wood effect carbon xc bar for it but it was just too narrow)


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:26 am 
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I had those pedals in red ano on my RTS BITD. Cant remember the bloody make...... :roll:

Anyway, they were good any grippy when riding with my Airwalks, but damn they nearly shattered your shins when you slipped! :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:49 am 
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Pickle wrote:
I had those pedals in red ano on my RTS BITD. Cant remember the bloody make...... :roll:


Look like Odyssey TripleTraps.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:56 pm 
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xizang wrote:
Pickle wrote:
I had those pedals in red ano on my RTS BITD. Cant remember the bloody make...... :roll:


Look like Odyssey TripleTraps.


Thats them!

Thank you, I can sleep easy tonight 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:02 pm 
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jax13 wrote:
(plus i nearly bought a wood effect carbon xc bar for it but it was just too narrow)


That was a lucky escape!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:52 pm 
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Tazio wrote:
jax13 wrote:
(plus i nearly bought a wood effect carbon xc bar for it but it was just too narrow)


That was a lucky escape!


i kinda like it, its tacky as hell but it could look awesome on the right frame!


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