If you don't like red watch out, if its not polished or white, it will be red!!
Haven't made much progress, pretty unhappy with myself but got tied up in other things. Took a week off but ended up building a one handed bike for my Dad and the inevitable test ride meant my dusty LTS needed to be cleaned (a day job!), cost me the week in all
Got the frame clean and roughed up a bit, almost ready for filler. I tried to polish the rear but man its a PITA. I have a full kit of polishing wheels and compounds plus nearly 100 sheets of different wet n dry but how you easily achive a mirror finish I do not know
. I sort of got there but the finish is very fragile, rub it lightly with a clean cloth and it picks up fine lines.
Boxxers didn't exactly strip to perfection, Nitromors formula has changed and that discoloration I don't understand, Magnesium thing? More sanding anyway
Bought another brake as a 'spare', misread the auction and got a whole wheel aswell with a perfect Hope Bulb in it! Discovered there is a difference between the GT brake and a normal Hope hub mounted one. The GT one is shorter, taking only a 155mm disc vs 165mm of the other, the GT one has a larger axle bore that allows it to run two plastic bushes but its perfectly usable and mounts up ok. The original caliper uses one of the bolts to mount to the chainstay whereas the other one has a proper mounting tab, not much use on the Lobo as its in the wrong place but you can use the upper left bolt like GT do without issue. I am going to try and make it work as an open caliper, removing the springs and replacing the seals with O2 ones, appears there are no differences other than the seals really. I want to use new, open only levers which is why I'm doing this.
I now have one bike, five 321cd rims, three Hope Big Uns, two Hope Bulbs, four calipers and four levers
I didn't plan this but you know how it goes, I'm still trying to stop myself buying bits I already have just cos they are shiny
Found out the bushing kit I got is missing two plastic ones so I had to buy another kit to get them
have told me they can rebuild the shock however its £95...ouch, for a oil change and some Nitrogen. I should just bite the bullet and pay up but I can do it myself, I just need a Nitrogen fill.
After weeks of hunting I finally found the stickers that come on the black frame, the guy flogging the £999 Lobo on eBay had previously had them scanned before repainting his bike and he was nice enough to point me to ImageWorks
who tell me they have the scan and can do them for £25. Woohoo!
More time off next week, hope to bring some pictures of it in paint! Then you guys can see something worth looking at cos its a bit boring at the moment
I have to send two Big Un's, a Bulb, the Ti6 caliper, both rear calipers, newer 2007 Hope levers and a load of bolts n stuff to be anodised red so that'll be exciting too!
97 GT LTS-1
99 GT Lobo DH 1000 x 2