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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:53 pm 
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Bought a bike specultively off Ebay, I could see it had decent bits on it...

Seller thought it was a Cannondale. Which I knew it wasn't

Identification and research on RB, got some great info

Long story short: Britsh Eagle were independent from 85 to sometime in the '90s

had a factory in Powys Wales...

I peg this bike (by components) to early 90/91

Falcon took over BE later on closed the factory and use the BE brand for their super rubbish bikes!

Doesn't bear any of the hallmark characteristic traits of all the generic frames, they came later and if this were a Falcon product it would be Claude Butler branded

So I've decided based on this, and a few other bits and bobs that this is a 'proper' Bristish Eagle' like British and that, although 99% of the decals were gone so even the maker had to be researched

RB to the rescue!

Research thread:Over here!

So I shall be doing a build

Here's my start point:

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Nice XT thumbies!

I'm gonna reuse as much as possible making it a 'pocket money' build


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:11 pm 
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A bargain I think. Are you leaving it as polished ally? Lots of work but it'll look 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:31 pm 
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nevadasmith wrote:
A bargain I think. Are you leaving it as polished ally? Lots of work but it'll look 8)


You read my mind sir!

I put it together(ish) looked at it and thought shiny is the way to go!

It cost £100 with full XT, thumbies, hubs, the works

sadly I can't use the XT rear mech as it's short cage (I wanna run a 50t front ring), also one pair of XT cantis had been switched for LX, the XT pedals are pretty worn out too

Other than that XT is all good and will be good for another 20 years!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:39 pm 
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Started on the wheels

Galvanised spokes look really bad after 20 years

Gone 'school cleaner's mop bucket grey'

So they gotta go!

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Good chance to polish that M730/M732 combo too

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That'll do for tonight, I better tidy up!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:05 pm 
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Is that an equilibrium tyre on the front in the first pic :roll: it would look very nice polished up :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:18 pm 
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sweety wrote:
Is that an equilibrium tyre on the front in the first pic :roll: it would look very nice polished up :wink:


Bang on! +1000 Retrobike geek points!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:17 pm 
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Today I started on the stoppers!

So one pair of cantis had been swapped for Deore LX, mid '90s Deore LX, black

Can't have that!

So I grabbed the Deore brakes off my poor old Carrera Krakatoa

Edit: FluffyChicken has pointed out that these cantis are Exage 500LX, they are BR-M502

- Which are mega powerful for cantis

Used the brakes that came with the BE and made a good set

Krakatoa brakes, looking every day of their age!:

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Brakes off the BE

Note proper Deore XT pads with virtulally zero wear...

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I'm sure you can guess where it's going from here:

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And bonus geekery: Look at the difference between Deore and XT of similar vaintage

Probably explains why the Deores are so powerful:

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Then finally, Tada!:

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:59 am 
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Great stuff, this is my sort of building style, a bit of elbow grease works wonders. Will keep an eye on this one.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:13 pm 
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looking good so far. be prepared for much aching of fingers as you Autosol that frame.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:23 pm 
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MCsanandreas wrote:
looking good so far. be prepared for much aching of fingers as you Autosol that frame.


Ha ha cheers

I'm going Autosol crazy on this thing!

I've decided to reuse the rims that came with the bike:

- Black anodised Rigida Turbo 90s

I'm gonna strip the ano off then mirror polish those too

Probably lacquer them over after...

That's after I get the dents out!


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