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 Post subject: Sunn bmix 1999 project
PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:01 pm 
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Hi

last summer i began to breath some new life into my sunn bmix.
i started out planning to just make up a cool commuter after seeing this pic on the web.
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unfortunately i did not take a pic of the bike before putting some new parts on but this is it with new tyres and a chainring and a seat.

i gave it a good hard polish before this pic.

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next up was a matching front wheel to the rear i decided upon a allinex sealed bearing front hub (black) that found in a local shop for £25.
black spokes and i tried to get a 321 ceramic but i could only find a 521.
the hub is pretty sweet but i cannot find any info anywhere.
also some high rollers.

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i know the seat post is to high before anyone moans.

by this time i had fallen in love with my bmix all over again and decided to try and rebuild it the best i could with the little cash i had.
next step was to get some of the parts powdercoated black to match the colour scheme a little better. so off went the seat post, stem and cranks to the powdercoaters.

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this is the current state of the bike now but unfortunately the bike has had a flared headtube. its been flared for around 9 years but i bonded the cups in. recently the cups have started to move again so i decided a new frame was required.

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so i found one on ebay nasty as hell no decals originally yellow but it had been sprayed over matt black really badly.
but a bargin at £11.

off this went to the powdercoaters the colour match aint perfect but i was not wanting to pay a fortune for special order powder so stock red it was, next problem decals.

the decals i could of had made by the chap on here. but i decided i would have a go rather than pay someone else. after speaking to a couple of printers and getting stupid quotes, i downloaded a vector drawing programme and began to learn how to us it.
a week later i had came up with these, and sourced the bulges for the decals too.

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this brings me up to the present and this is what the new frame looks like.

[img][http://gp1.pinkbike.org/p4pb8455544/p4pb8455544.jpg/img]

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i decided to try something different with the bmix and 099 stickers and have went down the ghost decal look i may change it yet as i have the original colour and plain black also made up.

if anyone needs some making up or even other designs then give me a shout as im a bit of a dab hand at it now.

heres the original and the new one.

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next step a new rear wheel colour coded like the front.
also looking for a profile whippet chainring 44t.

anyone got any suggestions?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:23 pm 
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Some good work here :D
Not sure about the forks - are they SIDs? I'd go for rigid forks if you can find some or at least a more heavy duty suspension fork.
What freewheel are you running? 44T seems quite big for the chainring. I run 18 / 40T on mine which I really like.
Is your old frame repairable, new headtube perhaps?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:28 pm 
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The forks are Sid 100's and are really solid they don't really flex at all.
Alot of people say that they are really flexy but these have a chunkier crown than the later models. As for some rigid forks the original are like rocking horse s**t. I spoke to Brian Curtis of Curtis bikes last year and he said he would reproduce a set if I could find some originals to take measurements from but I have failed to find any to measure.

Gearing is 44/18 which I'm going to change to 44/16 as I'm spinning out quite often. I don't find the current gearing to hard but I'm quite a big guy 14 st,
6ft 4in.

The headtube is repairable but to be honest now I have the new frame I'm going to just retire it gracefully, and put it up on the wall.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:54 pm 
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i may have a spare pair of nos 97/8 model forks at work, they are chrome and not exactly the same as the later ones?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:25 pm 
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Lovely job - looks great with the black parts 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:50 pm 
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kanerdog1x1 wrote:
i may have a spare pair of nos 97/8 model forks at work, they are chrome and not exactly the same as the later ones?


Are they for sale?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:29 pm 
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yes, if i have a spare pair. i will look tomorrow to see if there is a pair still n.o.s.

they are chrome, the tops are like a normal bmx fork, but the dropout is the same as the later forks.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:09 pm 
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brilliant thanks


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:18 pm 
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i changed the ghost style bmix and 099 for black ones tonight and i think they will be staying.

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also shows some of the decals i made can do any colours if anyone wants some.

Ash


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:24 am 
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Just had a look and I can't find a new pair. I must have sold them a while ago. :(.

I do however have a slightly used pair, that were new before I put them on this:- http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... c&start=30 I could sell them....


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