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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:08 pm 
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Location: London
Here is my Cougar SLX.

Hopefully the pics will do it justice - not good at scaling/sizing -
Got the frame ages ago ... its a nice blue hue.

Turned this project into a retro modern having seen a number of bikes on here done well.

Scoured the usual sources for the Shimano dura ace components to build her up with... took blinking ages cos I never like to pay full wack and because fund were stretched....

Anyway heres the spec

Frame: Cougar Columbus SLX New - 54cm
Fork: Columbus SLX

Headset: Shimano Dura Ace 7400
Stem: ITM
Handlebar: ITM
Bar Tape: Fizik

Brake Levers/Brifters: Dura Ace 7800
Brake Calipers: Dura Ace 7800
Brake Pads: Dura Ace 7800
Brake Cables: Dura Ace 7800

Front Derailleur: Dura Ace 7800
Rear Derailleur: Dura Ace 7800
Derailleur Cables: Dura Ace 7800
Cassette: Dura Ace 7800
Chain: KMC
Cranks: Dura Ace 7800
Chainrings: Dura Ace 7800
Bottom Bracket: Dura Ace 7800
Pedals: Dura Ace 7800

Rims: Mavic Open Pro 32H
Hubs: Dura Ace 7800
Hub Skewers: Dura Ace 7800
Tyres: Vittoria Open Corsa

Saddle: Regal Giradi
Seatpost: No Name

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:23 pm 
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Knew I wanted a tidy/tight little machine... needed to have the essence of a retro but wanted to see what relatively modern grouppo would run like on steel set up...

The frame is a peach... there are several areas of wear and chips which I have touched in having had some paint mixed up for me..

handling is crisp/responsive and the bike is chuckable...

I look at other bikes I like as starting point for the builds... on this I looked at Batavus and de rosa from early 90's.

Think it has that feel and although the DA is unmistakeable it hangs together well on the frame... well that's my opinion... the Girardi adds a little class to perch the back side on....

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:42 pm 
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Really nice retro/modern build!

What's the lugwork like? and are the drop outs campag?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:34 am 
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That is really nice. British steel!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:20 am 
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Location: north hamshire
nice havent seen one of these with plain paint... looks good . i like the bars and stem . chain set looks really beefy but not too ott .
could any one tell me was s l x a lot diff to 753 ?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:26 am 
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Location: Worthing, West Sussex
I know this thread is years old, but that is a lovely colour! 8) 8)

I heard a rumour of a Cougar prowling in the south of England :shock:

Anyone else?


PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 12:58 am 
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
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Location: Cumbria land of beauty
Yes I've heard the same beware you southerners :o

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