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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 3:44 pm 
BoTM Winner | Feature Bike | Gold Trader
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Hi friends,

I thought to show you my '91 Epic Ultimate, the crown jewel of my collection!

I'm still looking for some parts for it, namely Specialized Team handlebar & Ground Control Extreme 1.95" tyre but otherwise I consider it completed...
Still, already in this setup it's quite nice with all the NOS parts in it. Especially proud I am of the rare Interloc seatpost.
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This baby is equipped with Suntour XC Pro with some updates.
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The top Specializeds used Dia-Compe 986 brakes in 1991.
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Suntour parts make up the controls too. Titec bar will be replaced with correct Specialized one as soon as I get my greedy hands on one :wink:
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NOS parts all around here 8) Bottom bracket is not XC Pro but Specialized DirectDrive Titanium.
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Some sweet titanium lugs and carbon fiber tubes here...
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That's a clean cassette!
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Yes, Ned won the 1st MTB Worlds in 1990 with the frame like this...
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Carbon Fiber tubes with Titanium lugs from Merlin Metalworks. It doesn't get much better than that!
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And lastly, the Brothers-in-Arms:
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:03 pm 
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Fantastic looking bike, one which I would very much like to own! :D


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:20 pm 
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Absolutely stunning! Thanksfor sharing :D


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 9:06 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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spot on what a cool bike, looks like I have a long way to go on my project...


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:23 am 
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just :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 10:34 am 
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Brusque has one of this frame !
I think that the suntour XC pro will give him ideas ! :D :shock: 8) 8) 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:56 am 
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Absolutely stellar!

One of the freshest Epics I've seen.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:06 am 
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Great looking bike... love the Suntour setup too! That was really cool stuff back then, too bad they dissappeared from the scene.

Closest I ever came to one of these was touching the frame of one standing in the bike shop back in 1991 ready to be picked up (one of only 12 imported to Holland they told me). I ended up with my Stumpjumper FS hehe :-)


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 7:34 pm 
BoTM Winner | Feature Bike | Gold Trader
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Getting better...now with NOS Turbo seat, XC Pro QRs, Specialized handlebar and NOS Ground Control Extreme tires.
I will have NOS Dia-Compe 986s coming from the States to replace the current ones. BTW: Should I use the silver brake arms or black ones (originally had black) ?

The current Shimano HG90 chain will be replaced with NOS Suntour XC Pro chain and the black XTR shifter cables with some silver ones... Cable outers are already Suntour Accushifts.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 7:42 pm 
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That is a fantastic build! :shock:
Very nice indeed. Always admired these Speccy bikes from afar.
Amazing amount of NOS stuff.


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