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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 11:15 am 
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Tough little alu hardtail I built up for a mate.

It's Brand-X frame (correctly IDed by cyfa - nice one Josh!) powdercoated then added parts from a Rockhopper donor bike (cheers Makster!) + a few bits & bobs from my stash.

New owner's boyfriend donated the crankset, rear mech and grips and she supplied the saddle from her old bike. Also I fitted her a new BB and chainstay protector.

Only thing I could fault the well rated frame for is its rear brake cable stops, hence temporary cable-ties! Hard for me to test ride at 6'3" but only thing it might need is a slightly shorter stem. Feels pretty nicely dialled in now...

brace yourself:
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crankset from James, front mech from Retrobike:
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DR logo by Jonathan Fisher, printed by Gil M:
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CNC machined drop-outs & box-section rear triangle:
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forks are plusher than expected (after a little spritz with the Brunox):
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BIG thanks to Descaling Services & Sprayquick for great work on the frame (one of many I've had done by them)!
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Frame: Brand-X (powdercoated bubblegum pink)
Fork: Rock Shox Tora 302SL
Headset: FSA
Stem: Specialized oversize 70mm
Handlebar: Specialized oversize 640mm
Grips: Lizard Skins lock-on
Brakes: Avid Juicy 3 with 160mm CS rotors
Shifters: Shimano Deore M530
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT M751
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT M761
Derailleur Cables: Jagwire
Cassette: Shimano Deore HG50 11-34t
Chain: KMC X9
Chainset: Shimano SLX M660
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB51
Pedals: VP (for test ride only - swapping to SPDs)
Hub Skewers: Specialized QR
Rims: Alex Rims RH
Hubs: Specialized Stout
Tyres: Kenda 26 x 1.95"
Tubes: Kenda
Saddle: Bioflex
Seatpost: Kalin
Seatpost Binder: unknown QR


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 2:36 pm 
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nice ride i wanted my inbred pink ended up silver wish i had done it pink might have to get the nitromorse out again.
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 2:49 pm 
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cheers... was originally after a hotter pink but after seeing Mr K's frame done by Sprayquick I settled on this slightly cooler bubblegum shade.

Pedals are being changed ASAP, they were just so I could test ride it, and while the saddle is a bit fugly it's comfy.

Aside from the cable / hose routing I can't praise the Brand X frame highly enough.


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 8:57 pm 
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Quality little hardtail.


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 7:32 pm 
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Looks Great! My girlfriend wants me to get her bike painted pink. Planned getting some white forks too. Is it ok to like pink bikes(being a male)?


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 7:56 pm 
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Le toy had a pink frame which was a dh hardtail i think. Wasnt much not to like.

Just remember pink used to be for males.
Depends how bothered you are!


I like this bike alot.

Factory fresh again.


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