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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:05 pm 
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Picked this up at the weekend to join my Rockhopper as part of my newly formed '98 collection. Always wanted a B-17 so to go one better is nice. I'm going to go for a modern and usable spec, more trail than DH with some retro touches.

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So far I've got a D521 ceramic/Deore rear wheel and I've purchased a Bomber 55 ATA and some Answer bars. I need to sell some stuff before I can really crack on though.

Thinking 10 speed Zee, Race Face cranks and some more red ano.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:34 am 
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I have fond memories of this frame! First time i went downhill with my supermarket hardtail the guy in front of me was riding one of these. Cleared my way never to be seen again yet i still hold some pride in it, i cleared the run with plastic cantilevers and a knackered BB. It was a day to remember!

This will be an interesting project, pulling up a chair if you don't mind! :)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:30 pm 
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I'll be watching this, love these bikes!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:42 pm 
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good job, 98 was a good year


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:13 pm 
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1998 was a good year indeed.
Love these.. Watching with interest.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:02 am 
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Good job. One of my friends got one of these as an replacement for a cracked Mount Vision.

They rode pretty well if I remember correctly.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:23 pm 
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Cheers guys. I used to love borrowing a friend's Mount Vision which complete with Z1s and fluoro HS33s. It's a shame that Marin just don't seem to make anything interesting any more, I never see them about.

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Headset and cranks on the way and I need to sell a few bits then before I go completely broke.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:08 pm 
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B17 on Bombers, I see what you did there!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:53 pm 
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She's no B-17, different shock and different paint! Important details. :)

Looking a bit more like a bike now, although there stillseems to be such a lot of money to spend.

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Cheap, but good brakes are the next important task, tempted to go with a Zee on the front for 4 pot cool, but a set of Deores for the same money will probably have more than enough power. That and a decent ISIS bottom bracket if such a thing exists?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:49 pm 
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It's finally finished. Had a quick spin today and as my first proper full-susser it was quite different from my 24lb Rockhopper. Slow and energy sapping uphill, but a lotof fun and pretty quick on the way down. I need a stiffer spring on the rear though, but no idea what length or weight I need? Might swap the rear tyre for something less draggy too. Hopefully I'll give it some proper abuse soon.


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