Gonna be a long post and a long thread as I build this thing up. Probably going to get a bit boring but there will be plenty of pretty pictures to enjoy
Usual story, always wanted one, couldn't afford it and had a 97 LTS instead built from frame only by myself BITD. Grew up, bought a car and forgot about bikes, I just turned 30 and now I'm feeling old so I'm going back in time
TBH I really wanted an LTS DH but I looked at the Lobo so much I was lovestruck
I bought this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250854148927&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT
Seller did not communicate much but it looked ok and given the other frame only for sale at the time went for £270 (I think?) to jimmy5willy it seemed ok value. I assumed given it had the Hope hub, brake and arm all intact it had at least been owned by people who cared. The plan was to strip it, replace bearings, sort the forks out and polish it highly.
Well, it came today and its a dog
I was so gutted I needed to just walk away from it, have a big smoke and try to calm the f down.
I've built a few bikes last couple months and I discovered anything from Pinkbike is guaranteed wrecked, stuff from here is always good and eBay mostly ok.
I like to clean, rebuild, tweak and polish and always expect second hand stuff to need some love, its a given. However this is passed that stage and I don't think I'm being over critical, there are some big jobs here and it is for sure not in 'good condition' and 'working'. The seller is unsuprisingly telling me to go away. Maybe I'm in the wrong, naive, just stupid, let me know cos I won't take offence
Here we go, sorry for so many pics but some of you will enjoy it!
1/4 inch play in BB, Boxxers make some funny noises and are in a total state, can't make the rear really compress at all, rear axle/spacing/brake is wrong and the wheel sits off centre and rubs left hand stay. Pedals are fecked as are all the pivots, dent in the tubes, broken spoke in front wheel and very bad tension. Rounded trunion bolts and dead headset.
So now I've calmed down I'm just going to get on with it. Money is (almost) no object and I'm going to finsh to high standard. If I can get NOS I will but I'll use whats available.
I didn't want to paint it but unless anyone can tell me how to remove the dents its gonna have to go back to its original white (thats the colour inside the tubes) so I can use filler to smooth it all out. I think I'm going to use a pearlescent white, with a 2k clear coat so it should be bodyshop tough, I might paint/stencil some of the decals on too. I can paint to a high standard btw
I am not going to stay completely retro but will try my best, my fetish for all things red and Hope is going to show through :O somehow he has fitted a no 3 is caliper to thr boxxers with some massive spacers? I already have a 6 pot ti for the front, can't change the rear but I'll get matching newer levers. Headset, QR's, hubs, bb etc will all be Hope.
Boxxers will go back to red. I had already ordered a full frame bushing rebuild kit for the US so that will go on. Can't find a new shock so I hope this one works!
Parts I need....if anyone has a source or idea please please let me know!
Boxxer 151 Decals, bushes (they wobble) and the bit that screws on the end of the axle (infact any 99 Boxxer info would be great, full rebuild needed)
Main pivot cover/bolt/washer thing thats missing (no chance I know)
Quick degrease :
97 GT LTS-1
99 GT Lobo DH 1000 x 2