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 Post subject: Re-finished
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 6:45 pm 
aka Leo Swayer
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Only thing I may change now is the rear cassette. I've transferred all the red bits onto my other RM and fitted a carbon bar which has enough width to accomodate the dual control shifter/brakes, and is more comfy.
I really need to get my hands on some decent scales to weigh it, :wink: just out of curiousity.
Finished(yeah right) spec.
2004 RM Vertex 70 frame. Easton 7005 Ultralight tubing.
Manitou Mars Elite forks
Cane Creek C2 headset
Ritchey comp stem
Pazzaz Carbon bars
Onza Ules grips
Shimano M765 Dual control levers
M765 Hydraulic brake calipers
Hope wavey discs
Sunn DS2-XC rims
Shimano hubs
Ritchey light tubes
Irc Piranha Pro rear tyre
Irc Mythos xc front tyre
Fizik Aliante Ti railde saddle
X-lite Matrix post
White carbon seat post clamp
XT rear mech
XT front mech
XT isis hollowtech 1 chainset
UN51(if memory serves) BB
11-25 Ultegra cassette
I think thats it :D . Probably swap a few stainless bolts for Ti ones and change the cassette, apart from that shes done, and most definately a KEEPER :D


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:01 pm 
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Not sure if i'm going forwards or backwards with this :roll: :D
TB P2's
Handbuilt 650B front wheel with tri compound Racing Ralph
Control Tech stem with carbon front plates
Carbon LP seatpost
Answer carbon bars
Sram Stylo 2x9 drivetrain with xtr 960 mechs

Could do with a lighter wheel and tyre for the rear, but currently i'm loving it 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:50 pm 
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cool bike. looks better with the skinwalls imo. what are they? NOS?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:09 am 
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They are irc mythos i think.
They were available cheap somewhere not so long ago, if you look closely every other bike on the forum has them :D
I changed to black wall as i decided 2004 was a bit too new for skinwalls :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:17 pm 
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Still a great looking bike. 8)

I like the black tyres, just not sure I like the look of the front Racing Ralph.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:26 am 
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99% of the reason for buying the Ralph was because every other 650b tyre i could find was £40+ and the Ralph was £23.50 :D
Also pretty light, could do with a rear to match though, anybody? :D


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:21 am 
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Apart from the I beam saddle falling off on the first ride - I liked mine so much that I'm already planning to rebuild with disc brakes to make it my main XC machine.

Mine is same year & paint job, but yours looks like it has rack mounts on the seat stays? Will get some pics up soon.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:31 pm 
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Big old bump for my 'bestest bike' :D
Having ridden her for the past 3 days on the trot i can say that i'm glad that CRC cocked up and sent me a 650B rim instead of a 29er :D
I'm sure with a 29" on the front she would have been a chopper :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:56 am 
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I've been tinkering with the old faithful over the winter.
Dragged her out into the spring sunshine for a couple of pics 8)
Bars are really comfy, slightly shorter stem is maybe needed i'll decide after i've been for a ride longer than round the block :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:30 pm 
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Nice bike, but I'm surprised if the 650b wheel doesn't slow down the steering a lot more than I would like. Or does the sweep in those funny-looking bars compensate?

But anyway, what about the basics? You haven't told us what the frame weighs, how long the top tube is c-c, or what its serial number is!


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