Here's my first attempt at a proper retro build.
BITD I cruised the streets (and the odd hillock) on my '88 Courier as an impoverished student with a (relatively) flash bike
Always liked Oranges but time and cash prevented an upgrade from the fox.
So now I am building a bike for me as "I" would have if I could have back then.
The imagined starting point is a '92 Elite frame with "lowly" DX or LX kit (as the cheapest variant ATT).
I'm then updating with kit from the time, and say next 4 years, just as if i'd gone to the LBS every couple of months from new.
Whilst I think XTR 900 is superb, I like the cool grey of the 950 series (and as as an aesthetic foil to all that shine!!!). The 950 still looking like bike kit first and not just 'bling' (that's my excuse anyhow)
some unripe segments.... (wheels and bars just on for 'sizing')
I'd welcome any help and advice as my knowledge is limited (to internet and here
Apol's to Hawki - i didn't know his bike even existed until yesterday!!!!
Do i clean back and polish - frame good shiny but marked (but i like the patina)? mine still has the 3m protection strips in good condition!
Need proper decals (and been in touch with Gil-m) obv...
Frame: '92 Orange Elite 19" (thanks ellillowladex)
Fork: Pace R35 MXCD with genuine front brace canti mount (NOS from Justbackdated / thanx MaxThe)
Headset: Dia Compe 1 /1/4 Aheadset (cheers Gt-steve)
Stem: Control Tech 110 x 1 1/4 std bar (gary turner no less!)
Handlebar: Orange Hot Rod
Grips:some ole kona's!
Brakes: Dia Compe 987 in da'blue! NOS (polish!)
Brake Cables: XT black
Cantilever cable hangers: Onza Chill Pills (might be blue)
Brake Levers: Good ole SS7's (guess the colour)
Shifters: XC Pro 7/8 Thumbies
Front Derailleur: Suntour XC Pro DP 35mm (Grecian ebay)
Rear Derailleur:XC Comp (until NOS XC Pro)
Cassette: 8 speed XT HG (at present)
Chain: Shimano 9 speed
Cranks: Suntour XC Pro (ta ishaw)
Crank Bolts: cheepies
Chainrings: XC Pro 46/26 and BBB CNC 36
Chainring bolts: Suntour nos (£6.80 no less!)
Bottom Bracket: XC Pro GG 126mm Axle
Pedals: Tioga Surefoot VI
Hub Skewers: suntour XC
Rims: Mavic 517
Hubs: XTR 950 rear / Pace Lock carbon / blue (not pictured)
Tyres: IRC Mythos Rustwall
Saddle: X-Kite PSS Kevlar Blue
Seatpost: Syncros T6016 31.6
Seatpost Binder: Control tech on Orig clamp
Weight: Aiming for <24lb (act 24.2lb thus far with Specialized crossroads)