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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:38 am 
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Thanks Dave, I love magura's, I find the braking power a bit more sensible than discs. I've got another HS33 yellow set for the Xizang but they need bleeding (and modifying to fit the U-brake mounts) before they go on, the proflex is getting the period correct black HS33's (the front currently on the Xizang), the modern white eisbar set is due for the newly aquired Mt.Vision which is going to be my rough and tumble non-precious bike built out of whatever I have for it!!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:25 am 
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I have to say that's the nicest RTS I have ever seen, Its a perfect spec for UK trail riding. And you have done a wonderful job on the 957.

Two gorgeous bikes, great work chap.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:19 pm 
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JamesMatlock wrote:
I have to say that's the nicest RTS I have ever seen, Its a perfect spec for UK trail riding. And you have done a wonderful job on the 957.

Two gorgeous bikes, great work chap.


Thanks, that's very kind of you!!!!!!

The RTS works really well, it's comfortable without sapping much energy, the only problem is I keep lifting the front end and thinking bloody hell that's heavy, the judy's have a steel steerer and steel springs from Indy's coutesy of Tim Flowers? the rock shox specialist, thinking about some 80mm SID's or another pair of Marzocchi Z2 X-fly's (80mm air w/ally steerer) for it. Pics of it in action http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... c&start=15

The proflex has a lot more rear end travel and is a different kettle of fish, the new groupo blends in seemlessly, I've got some lizard skins over the shocks now, the bars are to be swapped with similar but quite a bit narrower bars, the modern HS33's are going to be swapped for black period correct items.

Hopefully when the Xizang will meet your approval once covered in grey M95* XTR, the gold Hope stem is off the bike and for sale now.

I use the Xizang more (daily for work in all weathers) so may end up with the new SLX group on that and put the XTR on the proflex as my 'Queen' bike, still in two minds, the biggest headache right now is getting maguras to fit the U-brake mounts.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:24 pm 
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TTT for a lot of change


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:54 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:22 pm 
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The Xizang gets my vote, I have a Lightning, so I KNOW that bike rides like a boss...I had a Proflex, a couple of them (856's), one with springs, one with the bumpers - in the end, I didnt like either one.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:46 pm 
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Xizang finally complete!!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:21 am 
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xizang looks awesome man! love the way the maguras match the decals.

you need to keep all the old photos up though, so we can see the transformation!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:06 pm 
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merckx wrote:
xizang looks awesome man! love the way the maguras match the decals.

you need to keep all the old photos up though, so we can see the transformation!


Thanks, I'm really pleased with it, can't wait to see what it's like offroad, I got a pair of folding michelin xc tryres for £20 from chain reaction for that exact purpose.

Well you did ask. . .

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I accidentally nudged the camera onto -2.0EV and it bought out the flouro perfectly, I'll get a better daylight photo when it stops raining! I think the stem is probably a bit long @ 130mm, so I'll have to see if the swiss guy has anything more suitable.

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I told the Mrs it wasn't titanium :lol:

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