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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:06 pm 
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This was the bike that brought me here in the first place, my 1998 Orange E4.

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She looked like this back then, used and loved but just a little bit 'wrong'.

Anyway that was then and this is now and she has been transformed into a bike that I think is worthy of a new introduction, so here she is......

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Updated spec. as of March 2009:

Orange E4 Frame No. MT80600456 19"

Frame: 19" June 1998 Easton Elite Aluminium alloy XC race hardtail (1 of 200 made)

Fork: Pace RC36 Proclass Evo

Headset: 11/8" Hope Sealed Cartridge (Red)
Stem: Orange
Handlebar: Orange Hotrod
Grips: Yeti
Barends: X-Lite Stubbie

Brakes: Avid Single Digit 7
Brake Pads: Avid Rim Wrangler
Brake Cables: Clarks
Cantilever cable hangers: N/A
Brake Levers: Shimano XT M739

Shifters: Shimano XT M739
Front Derailleur: Shimano XT M739 Top pull 31.8mm dia.
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT 739SGS With red SRP breakaway & pulley bolts
Derailleur Cables: Shimano XT
Cassette: Shimano XT 8 speed
Chain: Sram Power Chain
Cranks: Shimano STX with Pace spider.
Crank Bolts: Red SRP
Chainrings: Pace 42 Gun metal-32 Red -24 Gun Metal
Chainring bolts: Stainless
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN72
Pedals: Shimano M525

Hub Skewers: Front Zero Ti / Rear Hope
Rims: SUN USA CR-18
Hubs: Front Pace Carbon Suspension - Rear Black Hope XC
Nipples: Halo Red Alloy
Spokes: DT DB
Tyres: IRC Mythos 1.95" (rust wall)
Tubes: Yes

Saddle: Charge Spoon Ti (Brown)
Seatpost: ?
Seatpost Binder: Red Hope Bolt

Weight: Yes


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:51 pm 
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Look's great 8) , are those stickers right for the bike ?, just bought stickers of E-bay for my E3, they were listed for a Five or Patriot or something, look just like yours, thought they were a bit big at first but they look Superb on the E4 :wink: .

Also can you still get those tyres new ?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:10 pm 
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Cheers :wink:

No the "Orange" logos are not the original decals they are off a later bike (not sure which ones). Orange had none of the original style left, only the "E4" so we went through the different styles on their website while I was on the phone and I chose these. They're a nicer design than the proper ones anyway I think.

The tyres are IRC Mythos and are discontinued now as far as I know.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:15 am 
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Good work, she's looking fresh! 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:26 am 
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OrangeRetro wrote:
Good work, she's looking fresh! 8)


Cheers dude. :D

I'm pleased with the way she's turned out, better than I expected really and apart from the saddle, period correct(ish) to boot even if there is a modern look to the build.
I really wasn't sure the red would work with the orange but I think it looks better than it did on the Clockwork and the wheels suit her fine.

Shame she just misses the 1997 cut off, but I reckon she's retro. 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:08 am 
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cherrybomb wrote:
Shame she just misses the 1997 cut off, but I reckon she's retro. 8)


I reckon 100% Retro/Cool 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:39 am 
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I agree, she's certainly got the whole retro flavour... I love to get my leg over a beauty like that. Very nice, and a great colour 8)

btw, how do you find that saddle comfort wise? it seems to have got good reviews


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:45 am 
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Thanks guys, I am rather chuffed with the results :D

Aeronaut: The Spoon saddle deserves all the praise it gets in the reviews, it'll become a classic I'm sure, maybe not as iconic as a flite but there is one going on my next project too.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:56 am 
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That is a very nice build:D

Only fault I can find is the bar ends...just not a fan of them on any bike!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:30 am 
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Neil G wrote:
That is a very nice build:D

Only fault I can find is the bar ends...just not a fan of them on any bike!


I've tried living without bar ends and just can't do it, I've used them for too long. (At least they're not on risers though! :D )


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