Finally, finally my '03 Enduro is ready to roll!
Got it as a complete bike (and for what seemed like a good price) off eBay months ago... then the fun started. The guy who sold it to me clearly saw me coming (I knew there was something strange about the bike - it came with a Halfords ladies saddle on it - and about the whole transaction in general (we met half way, he had two lads 'from the darts team' with him and it took three attempts to process payment - is paypay actually psychic?), but I persevered as I was not going to let the following trifling niggles put me off:
First up, a 'clinging on for dear life' star nut pretty much died during first ride which led to using an Azonic Head Lock. Then, dog rough steering led to a nice new Hope headset and the Azonic passed onto another Retrobiker. Next came the fun and danger of completely chewed up BB shell (6mm of bald RH side!!!) which led my RH crank to practically fall off - luckily just rolling down my street at about 10mph. Cue expensive heli-coil repair by Dan & the super BETD team (and lots of good advice on the Retrobike forum!)
The main beneficiary of this has been my old Kili which has been passed down a modern 27 speed drivetrain c/w external BB cranks and after the upgrade it's deserves, the Enduro is finally ready! Some of the parts came off my old hardtail (wheels, brakes, controls), some are standard and some are new to my possession via eBay and our 'for sale' section (cranks, shifters) and the whole adventure has led me to some nice people, so thanks to all who helped me get this beastie back to match fitness!
Fox Float RL shock - came with bike (made shock flap out of an old mudguard)
Rock Shox Psylo U-Turn fork - ditto
Hope headset & Head Doctor - new
Enduro ceramic bottom bracket - BETD
XT drivetrain - Retrobike mainly
Hayes Stroker brakes - from my old hardtail
DMR V8 pedals - ditto
Tioga Factory DH tyres - from Retrobike
Hope Pro 2 hubs - from old hardtail
Mavic 317 rims - ditto
Truvativ stem - new
Felt riser bars - new - EDIT replaced by Truvativ
Lizard Skins lock-on grips - new
Hope Grip Doctors - new
PARTS FOR SALE:
vintage Brooks Professional saddle | Specialized FACT CX fork | Columbus fork | Reynolds 531 fork | Avid Arch Rival v-brakes | various 700c, 27" and 26" wheels | vintage Weco hubs (fixed/freewheel) | vintage Raleigh ladies frames + lots more!