I though I would post my latest project that I been collecting parts for over the past months.
The idea was to find a MTB made by a successful roadie brand, make it relatively correct to the era and all within the tiny budget of an a final year accounting student living far from his home (Australia) in Sweden.
So when this Bianchi came up for sale here in Sweden, I just had to have it. The bike cost me 290pounds but did come with all the extra parts that had been replaced during it's life time. The bike hadn't been ridden off road nor had it been ridden in the last 8 years
. May have been a bit expensive but because everyone owns and needs a bicycle in Sweden prices are through the roof
I decided to set myself a budget of 350 pounds overall including the initial outlay for the bike. So first to go were the Magura Racelines
for 60pounds, next to go was the Tioga blue riser's for 15pounds. I had to sell these items as the bike came with an Acera groupset
, typical Italians. Mavic wheel set transfered to my Specialized build for a transfer cost of 20pounds.
This left me at 351pounds I have acquired the following parts from retrobike, Swedish forums, ebay and LBS,
Frame: Bianchi NTH FX Reparto Corse
Fork: Rock Shox Indy S
Headset: Ritchey Logic (needs to be fitted)
Stem: Ritchey Comp
Handlebar: Ritchey Comp
Brake Levers: XT M739
Shifters: XT M739
Front Derailleur: XT M738
Rear Derailleur: XT M739
Cranks: XT M737
Crank Bolts: Shimano
Chainrings: XT M737
Chainring bolts: Shimano
Bottom Bracket: XT M737
Pedals: LX Shimano
Hub Skewers: Shimano LX
Hubs: Shiamno Parallex
Saddle: Bianchi Selle Master, Ti
Seatpost Binder: Bianchi
Cassette and Chain.
So at the moment looks like I will be going over budget, but I will have to sell some parts to fund the rest of the build. As parts will be transferred to another build, the bianchi budget will recoup some inter department transfer costs
I will up load build pictures as I go along, but here is the bike when I bought it. The thing hanging off the back is a holder for a lock