Well, the next stage in the Evolution of this bike.
Seeing as I have a Phil Wood Bottom Bracket and a Phil Equipped
decal on the frame...
I bought a pair of lovely polished Campagnolo Atek rims, together with a pair of Phil Wood hubs.
I built up (from Brick Lane Bikes) the wheels using Phil Wood DB Spokes.
And have changed the front wheel to the new one - complete with Continental Dunlop valves tubes and Michelin Wildgripper Sprint S.
And the wheel looks fantastic - I think.
Took her out for a spin, and the hub is smmooooooth, and much lighter than I expected, in fact there's no weight gain at all, probably some weight loss - oh and I also got rid of that wretched USE Alien
seat post and replaced it with a Syncros Titanium Seatpost
- and it is a million times better - just need some decals for it.Added Syncros Metal Stem cap! )
I had to buy a mashed up stem, for £8 - and it had a metal cap! yyess!
Next step is to source a freewheel and replace the Sun chain rings for slightly larger Specialites TA rings in Silver.
Added the rear Campagnolo Atek rim and Phil Wood hub, bought a lovely NOS Sachs Maillard Aris 7 speed Freewheel, and here she is;
And took it for a ride - NICE, definitely heavier than before by about 2 lbs but smoother, much smoother, steers better, and feels much better - and looks the business.
And the M008 shifters surprisingly shifted the 7 speed Sachs-Maillard no problem - bizarre!
Have bought some Suntour XC Pro 7/8 spd thumbies, so might replace the M008 shifters - the good thing about the XC Pro is that I can chop and change 7 and 8 speed without a problem, and I am going to mount the Smoke/Darts on the XTR M900/ Mavic 231/M950 8 speed wheels as a second light weight wheel set for this bike.
next step - the TA rings and Syncros decals on the seatpost ...