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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:52 pm 
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I throw this into the pot, my 1988/89 Kestrel MXZ which is show room condition with period correct original 18 speed XT gears. Seeing this bike in the Freewheel catalogue at the tender age of 16 at a ‘dream on’ price tag the paper round wouldn’t stretch too, I found this near new and thought I’d gotta have it!! What I like about this bike is how ahead of its time this was, unique and futuristic even by today’s standards I think!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:08 pm 
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Ok, here goes ... my first foray into BoTM! Here's my Giant-MCM-carbon-to-the-max! I'll start off with a caveat though - I don't know what year the frame is, so can't be 100% sure that it's sufficiently retro. If the consensus is that it's too recent then I'll withdraw it.

It started off as 'Project Superlight' - hence the tyres! - but when the frame showed up is was some way north of the 1100-1200g weight you see quoted for Giant's current XTC - so I decided it would be a giggle to see how much plastic I could hang off it. So far I have cranks/seatpost/bar/stem/brakelevers/bottle cage. I'll try to find a set of the Ergon bar-ends in carbon, and later look out for a set of Spin, Spinergy Spox or NukeProof-hubbed wheels. Then some finishing touches like carbon effect brake shoes. I could switch the transmission to X0 but that would be gratuitous.

As it is, it's a rider - in dry conditions only with those tyres but it's a very quick, responsive machine. I daresay it'll get ripped to shreds, but I'm not that attached to it yet so the cuts won't hurt (much :wink: ).

Cheers,
Gareth.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:14 pm 
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Nice frame but...........


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:33 pm 
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id say between 98 and 2000. I had one of the first mcm1s painted metalic grey with lighter grey graphics and that was from 97. the coloured ones were later.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:04 am 
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kaiser wrote:

Now thats cool, more pics please :D



Ok.....................

here she is in todays guise with the original fork and a few more battle scars, she is one of a pair = http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2569&highlight=kestrel

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:32 am 
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Interesting that you say yours is one of the first from '97 - I had the impression that the MCM was available from about '95 onwards. Or did you mean one of the first in the colour scheme you outlined?

stonneyup wrote:
id say between 98 and 2000. I had one of the first mcm1s painted metalic grey with lighter grey graphics and that was from 97. the coloured ones were later.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:37 am 
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KAPOW!

Lock it in Eddie!

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My F1

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:55 pm 
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Looks a strong and select month. Will be getting the poll up over the next few days. If you intend to enter best be quick!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:51 pm 
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i'll try and get a fresh pic up tomorrow
daylight permitting :D


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 12:09 pm 
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British eagle carbon pro 92 ish but might be earlier
ALAN built screwed and glued frame and matching forks
built with 93 lx /dx mix
pulstar hubs ,early american ones on fir rims with 1.5" cross country's
fiberlite carbon bars ,syncros stem ,ritchey saddle and post


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