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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:11 pm 
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I've wanted a Ti bike ever since I befriended a couple of Yanks from Cali who were cycle touring aroud NZ back in ~ '93. I remember the Guys & their bikes like it was yesterday! Jim rode a gorgeous '89 Merlin Mtn resplendant in Suntour XC-Pro with a Ritchey unicrown fork. Joe rode a brand spanking Litespeed, draped in the first M900 groupset i'd seen & a Manitou II! Being a wide-eyed 17 year old I was in awe of the Guys' bikes.

Nearly 20 years later, I still hadn't come into posession of a Ti bike in spite of the fact that i've now owned over 100 bikes! This situation had to be remedied... Enter my 'experiment' with purchasing from a Chinese bicycle manufacturer. After some negotiation, 'too & fro' & a bit of product design, i've taken posession of not one but two new Ti frames & an impessive list of Ti add-ons!

1) Ti MTB hardtail frame:

I decided to go for a classic Ti frame. Compact geometry, standard headtube & B/B. This will be an M970/975 build with thumbies. Ti bars, pillar, skewers etc:

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2) Ti Road frame:

Following the same principle as the MTB frame, i've opted for standard headtube & B/B. Semi-compact geometry on this one. 7900 DA build:

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3) Custom designed Ti Unicrown (my salute to the Accutrax :) ):

I went through a few design revisions before arriving at the design of this fork. Can't wait to see how it rides! 430mm axle to crown, 45mm offset.

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4) Ti 31.8 x 680mm flatbar:

Wide is good. :)

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5) Ti seatpillar (for the MTB):

This is an absolute work of art!

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6) Ti 'windup' skewers:

A bit of bling to finish the builds off. ;)

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I've got a busy long-weekend this weekend. :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:51 pm 
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Nice 8)

Gonna look special.

al.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:14 pm 
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Very nice :) I've also an itch to scratch, so I'll be watching with interest!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:19 pm 
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the only thing i can think of adding at this point is "woah".

watching with a lot of interest


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:44 pm 
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Lovely rigid frame. Lovely tasty parts to dress the frame with 8) 8) 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:49 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Interesting and very nice so far 8)


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:52 am 
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Here's a few pics of the freshly finished Roadie:

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I have some nice superlight 20mm profile carbon clincher rims on the way to mate to some nice hubs I have. Should look the part on this build... and strip off a kilo...


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:55 am 
PoTM Winner / retrobike rider
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great projects! that ti accutrax tribute ( :)) looks great. glad you're chainging the wheels of the roadbike. I never liked those roval wheels.

what Chinese manufacturer made this for you? how is the warranty on the products?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:47 am 
PoTM & rBoTY Winner
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Those Rovals are absolutely hideous.....but I look forward to seeing the MTB!!! :)


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:39 am 
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i have to agree this wheelset is fugly.

the seatpost is a copy of the Eriksen sweetpost!


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