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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:46 pm 
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Update


Since the last update I’ve managed to get the bike onto its wheels. It’s not yet finished but it well on its’ way to completion.

The first job was to press in the headset.. I’ve used a Shimano Deore XT M737 1 ¼” headset, but as the satin black and XT group aren’t in keeping with this build I’ve painted the top and bottom cups gloss black to match the colour scheme and hide the Deore XT logo.

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The seat post clamp, rear canti hanger and seat clamp bolt were then positioned. The clamp is a standard alpinestars part, as is the canti hanger, these have both been powder coated in gloss black. The clamp bolt is a steel Brand X part, a cheap part that functions just as well as an expensive one.

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With the seat post clamp in position the seat post shim, seat post and saddle could be installed. The shim is a USE thermoplastic shim that shims the 25.0mm post into the 30.0mm seat tube of the cro-mega. The saddle is a mid nineties titanium Flite with fluro kevlar corners. I love the look of a USE post with a Flite, looks just right to me.

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The bars and stem slotted in nicely to give this bike a stunning look. The bars and stem are one of my favourite parts of this bike. The eagle eyed amongst you will also note the wheels are now on also.

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The wheels are Shimano Deore LX M563 Parallax hubbed, DT spokes and Mavic 231 rims. They are in need of a bit of a clean but are in great condition. For tyres I’ve gone with steel bead skin walls in the form of Panaracer Smoke and Darts. I usually don’t run tyres bigger than 1.9” but as I ran 2.1” tyres BiTD I thought I’d give these a go.

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The front mech has been loosely fitted, it will require positioning once the chainset is fitted. The ‘93 LX is looking great as a contrast to the ‘wildthing’ colour scheme of the frame.

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The rear mech has been bolted into position too. The cassette shown on the rear wheel won’t be used. I had thought about using the cassette shown with a matching old chain, but thought it better to treat it to a new chain and cassette.

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The cro-mega frame has mounting points for 2 bottle cages and racks front and rear. These have been blanked with Brand X black anodised aluminium M5 bolts.

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So that’s where we are up to with this build. Next job will be fitting the brakes and cabling everything up. Hopefully the postman will have delivered me a new KMC 7 speed chain and a SRAM 7 speed 12-32 cassette, I’m also waiting on a new Shimano UN-54 68x113mm bottom bracket which is also in the post.

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Apologises that the photos throughout the rest of the thread aren’t working at the moment, seems Photobucket are having problems, hence I’ve used Flicker for this update.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:39 pm 
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that is awsome 8) Mark

looks the mutts danglies :lol:

when are you going to open the alpinestar museum :roll:

keep up the good work mate :wink:

stubbsy :D


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:11 pm 
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A true artisan my friend, very high quality, lovely :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:33 pm 
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Finished


A picture speaks a thousand words…

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Spec

Alpinestars cro-mega LX ‘Wildthing‘

Frame:
Alpinestars design, curved seat tube, elevated chain stays, Tange Over Size double butted tubing, investment cast Alpinestars dropouts. Finished in white gloss powder coat by Triple S with hand painted ‘wildthing’ pattern painted over. 1992 Alpinestars decals by Gil_m
Fork:
Alpinestars True Temper oversize forks. 1.25” steerer, 143mm in length with 40mm threaded.
Headset:
Shimano Deore XT HP-M737 1.25” Evolution size. Painted over in gloss black.
Stem:
Alpinestars cro-moly. 1.25” x 135mm length. Powder coated in gloss black.
Stem Quill Bolt:
Handmade titanium.
Stem Bar Pinch Bolt:
Titanium by ti-bolts.
Bars:
Scott AT-4 hand painted in ‘wildthing’ pattern.
Bar Grips:
ODI Attack World Champion MTB Grips in clear.
Bar Tape:
Deda Glass bar tape
Seatpost:
USE aluminium 25.0mm
Seatpost Shim:
USE 25.0-30.0mm Thermoplastic Seatpost Shim.
Seat Clamp Bolt:
Brand X seat clamp bolt.
Seat Collar:
Alpinestars alloy 31.8mm seat collar.
Saddle:
Selle Italia Flite Titanium with Kevlar corners.
Wheel Rims:
Mavic 231 36 hole.
Wheel Spokes:
DT Swiss double butted stainless steel spokes.
Wheel Hubs:
Shimano Deore LX M563 Parallax hubs 36 hole.
Wheel Quick Releases:
Shimano Deore LX M563
Tyres:
Panaracer Smoke Kevlar Bead 26 x 2.1” rear in skin wall.
Panaracer Dart Steel Bead 26 x 2.1” front in skin wall.
Tubes:
Continental mtb with presta valve. Blue valve caps from Kenda.
Rim Tapes:
Ritchey 26” x 20mm rim tapes.
Cantilever Brakes:
Shimano Deore LX M560
Cantilever Cable Hanger, Rear:
Rear, alpinestars aluminium seat collar cantilever cable hanger. Powder coated in gloss black.
Brake Levers:
Shimano Deore LX M560 with self amalgamating tape for extra grip/comfort.
Brake Cables Inners:
Goodridge PFTE coated inner cables.
Brake Cables Outers:
Shimano M System
Gear Levers:
Shimano Deore LX M560 7 speed.
Gear Cables:
Shimano SP-41
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Deore LX M560 Endless band.
Front Derailleur Retainer and Bolt:
Titanium M6 x 30mm counter sunk front derailleur bolt. Bolt retainer handmade by Mikee, made to accept M6.
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Deore LX M560 long cage rear derailleur.
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano BB-UN54 Bottom Bracket 68 x 113mm.
Cassette:
SRAM PG-730
Crankset:
Shimano Deore LX M560 SG Crankset 175mm.
Crank Bolts:
Middleburn self extracting crank bolts.
Chain Rings:
Shimano Deore LX SG Chain Rings. 26/36/46t
Outer Chain Ring Bolts:
Brand X
Inner Chain Ring Bolts:
Brand X
Chain:
KMC 7 Speed
Pedals:
Shimano SPD M525

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I’m so delighted with the results. It’s been a fantastic project, easily my most enjoyable to date. Hope you like it as much as I do. I just wish I could capture the colours better on my camera.

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AWESOME, I only really comment on bikes I'd love to have, and this is defo 1 of them. 8) . Great bike. Muchos Respect.

Cheers...Nick


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:33 pm 
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My stickers are waiting at the post office to finish off mine
I cant wait.
I think your thread is the best most informative I have seen on here
like a good thriller it was compelling and I couldnt wait for each installment
thanks for all the effort it has been great to follow your progress and I hope you enjoy riding the beast as much as creating it. :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:41 pm 
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captaincosmic wrote:
My stickers are waiting at the post office to finish off mine
I cant wait.
I think your thread is the best most informative I have seen on here
like a good thriller it was compelling and I couldnt wait for each installment
thanks for all the effort it has been great to follow your progress and I hope you enjoy riding the beast as much as creating it. :lol:



What he said!!

Awesome sums it up for me.

Matt


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Stunning Mark, totally stunning. 8)

Which ride you bringing it to then?


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got to be bike of the year mate,

just wonderful

stubbsy :D


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absolutely top class effort on this!

awesome attention to detail as well, bet u r well happy with it!

good lad 8) 8)


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