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 Post subject: Gulf Racing Stumpjumper
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:31 pm 
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Back when i was a yoof, i used to ride a Diamond Back Topanga, which got slowly upgraded, P2's, better wheels, XT drive train etc, clocked up about 3k on this thing, loved it to bits, then got my licence, slowly lost interest. Tried to rekindle it in 99 with the FSR, had a few bad falls (mainly from SPD's) again lost interest and didnt really touch the bike again until last year.

The bug has bit (tis a bad influence this place), the FSR has been upgraded, which left me with a pile of spare bits. Love the FSR for the rougher stuff, but have been doing a lot of towpath and lane riding etc, bit of a waste of the FSR, so in steps the Stumpy.

Year 2000 frame, not the tidiest but perfectly fine for what i need, came with a FSA headset, cranks, fitted BB, seatclamp and spare saddle, if i end up keeping it i might strip the frame and restore it. :)

The idea was to do it on a budget, its not a OE restoration, tried to keep things Specialized, most parts are second hand, brought off here or ebay, some are new. Oh, and decided to go rigid.......

Picture time, not the best in quality :oops:

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Collection of parts to go on.

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As much as i like discs on the FSR, kinda missed the straight laced front

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V-Brakes are off the FSR, had so little use they are still the original pads!

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Cranks are the original strongarm 2's (i think) that had the usual scuffs, got out in house polisher at work to have a play with them

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Gone for a 2x9 26/38 set up, really nice chainrings

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Had a little help along the way

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Another reason for the build is i want to get a front mounted kiddie seat to take him out, try and get wifey interested too.

All built up

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Back from the test run

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Did a 16 miles towpath/lane/bridleway run early in Sunday morning, apart from a sticking shifter it was all good, this thing really shifts, totally different riding to the FSR - felts loads more confident on it, cant wait to get some more miles done on it :)


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:15 pm 
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they are good riders :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:12 pm 
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Nice pics and sensible build choice. Really like it.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:38 pm 
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Love the baby blue. Great build, those chainrings are gorgeous!
What forks are they? On one or old Saracens?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:20 pm 
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Yeah they are an older set of On-ones - think the newer gen ones comes with the brake mounts welded on, rather than bolt on, had a set of Kinesis forks ready to go on, but couldnt resist the colour of these :oops:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:58 pm 
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Nice !

The last Gulf element I missed !

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:47 am 
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I love these colors!!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:50 am 
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Please please please change the forks!

I have some really nice black Specialized direct drive forks that would save nearly a 1lb in weight and look a heap better.

Drop me a PM if interested :D


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:10 pm 
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Very nice, I'm very partial to Gulf colours 8)

I didn't realise that Spelcialized made gulf liveried bikes until a couple of months ago :oops:


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:17 pm 
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Quite keen on the gulf colours myself :oops:

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Great looking bike, but i agree on a fork change though :oops: :?

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