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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:18 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for looking....

Just finished my build. A bit more modern than usual but still in my opinion a 'Retro' Classic, well it is nearly 10 years ago!!!

Anyway, an exact replica as pictured in Specialized's '25 years' book, i have attched a scan of that picture.

Every part on my build is as exact as possible. I had heaps of help from Palmer Mechanic over in the States to make sure this build is spot on.

Not everyones cup of tea, I know but comments would be greatfully recieved.

Thanks


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:53 pm 
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Thats a great build Bounty69

My comment on the other thread 'what is retro?'

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The Palmer replica may not be as iconic to everyone as Rumpfy's Tomac replica, or from everybodies era of choice but I think its pretty cool achievement and I'm sure others here will agree. Nice one!


I really like it. You gotta be happy that you didn't sell it, what magazine will it be in?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:00 pm 
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holy shi*, that cool and the gang! race reps are cool, especially somebody as iconic as napalm. good work.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:56 pm 
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Nice mate, like it 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:40 am 
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Very nice mate, glad that you saw this project through to the end. Now you need to make your own palmer replica pants using a felt tip and a pair of old jeans...


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:01 am 
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I remeber fondling 1 of those frames at a specialized demo day. replicas can be hard work getting the exact build so congrats :D


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:07 am 
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that's one of the best builds I've seen on here - why? Because it represents the era just before the downhill bubble burst, and with it the associated $300,000 contracts, huge Troy-Lee painted team buses and massive egos, and the 1999/2000 Diesel World Cup sponsorship fiasco. For a while the future of mtb racing - not just DH - was really being called into question. Specialized pulled all DH teams. GT went belly-up. Sunn collapsed. Volvo-Cannondale stalled. Vouilloz quit, Chausson and Giove had to go begging for sponsorship scraps. Suddenly "grassroots" was the priority. Massive names went to tiny teams - Peat to Orange - and were grateful for what they could get.

Also, it would still be competitive on most domestic race courses, which is not always true of some retro bikes. The holy-grail of team replicas (apart from Tomac/Raleigh and Overend/Ultimate) would be the Sunn Radical+ as ridden by Vouilloz and Chausson (with datalogger!), and the Cannondale Fulcrum (the first serious reworking of the 4-bar theory post Leitner and Lawhill 8 years before the VPP/DW-Link/Quad etc.) and the earlier double bb drive system the used circa '95 (single pivot Super-V derivative with top tube). Anyone?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:18 pm 
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Personally I would also like to see a HBall replica. I made an attempt with one, but than I didn't want a Judy for example. So attempt failed. Better bike though.

I seriously like above Specialized DH weapon. It is a very accurate replica, it seems. Also like it because of the fact it is one of the not so many DH weapons on here. Like to see them :)


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:36 pm 
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Sam R wrote:
The holy-grail of team replicas (apart from Tomac/Raleigh and Overend/Ultimate) would be the Sunn Radical+ as ridden by Vouilloz and Chausson ?


See my now sadly sold radical + at the end of this thread (apologies for picture quality) http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12186

Its one of the earlier versions with the same rear end as the later radicals, rode very well, very stable under power. This was an ex-team bike given to a Brit BMX'er on the Sunn team who didn't really get into DH'ing.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:13 pm 
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Elev12k wrote:
Personally I would also like to see a HBall replica. I made an attempt with one, but than I didn't want a Judy for example. So attempt failed.


You tried to do this?

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All that Ringle! That'd be a tough project!


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