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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:28 am 
Devout Dirtbag

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Location: Singapore, formerly Luton
New project. It’s not going to be period correct. Thinking of using zolatone style coulour scheme on frame and having torque tube and forks in fluro something , green yellow or orange , to bark back to early nineties style Marin’s.

I’m looking at stealing some parts off some other bikes (which will subsequently become more period correct.
I have sram x0 2x9 setup on my AMP B4 and initially considered just moving this over to the Marin. However I reread that someone had used a 9 speed sram rear mech with a 10speed cassette and Shimano shifters. Anyone else tried this out. Would be fun to try this as a 1x10


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:40 am 
King of the Skip Monkeys
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Theres no point in going period correct with these. The frames are great, the shocks were terrible and the best thing is to throw and air shock at it and a decent set of forks. After that they are great.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:45 pm 
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I loved my 1997 Rift Zone. I upgraded to a shock like yours after 2 of the originals gave up the fight. That lasted me the remainder of the 18 years I had it. I wouldn't want an air shock on it myself since they compress at first then ramp up. This frame is designed with the constant spring rate of a coil shock in mind. You are lucky to have the Mk 2 swinging arm. The first ones were prone to fracture. I also fractured 2 frames under the head stock. They could have done with a gusset for strength. In it's life mine had 3 of everything-frame, fork, shock, swinging arm.
It's a great bike which revolutionised full suss. You can pedal without bobbing (much) and tackle just about anything. The original fork on mine was a Manitou with 78mm of elastomer travel. Something I wouldn't like to return to. The stem was about 140mm in length! With a modern stem it may seem a little short.
Best of luck with your build. I like your decision not to be a slave to originality.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:16 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

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Love this frame, think it should get more attention than it does. I think it's fair to say they where a ahead of their time even though the pivot design is simple for £1000 it was a really good introduction to dual suspension for a lot of people. Looking forward to build pics. I'm a fan of period correct apart from rear mechs which can be best to just use a new XT and avoid a lot of headaches


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