Bit long winded this but ....
I recently bought the above back from Slimjoe (Joe) after selling it back to him over a year ago. Prior to that I bought it from Haggis (Stew) who I think had bought it from Slimjoe so I I’m the third
owner of the frame!
In a moment of madness sold the frame as despite it being a fantastic ride I just wasn't doing it justice build wise - to be honest it was all over the place.
I put up a thread asking for build advice and Jez aptly summed the needed build as being:
USA brand -
Accutrax rigid or Mag21
Syncros post and stem
Onza barends L-bends
Black and silver. This isnt a "oooh wanky ti or skinny poofy one race season steel frame" This is a quality robust USA frameset that needs riding and not necessarily "stroking"...
At the time I didn't have the budget, time, want to go this route.
A little while later I sold the bike.
Almost immediately I realized I mad a boo boo.
I recently built up an DB Axis Pro as per the catalogue. This meant sourcing a load of M900 kit.
The build was completed and made for a nice ride.
When I saw that this frame had come up again for sale I jumped at the chance to buy it back
So thats it.
Back in my ownership and its not going anywhere.
History to the brand
I have been able to find little about these frames other than whats on the tinterweb about the collaboration between Pat Clark and Dean Kent http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark-Kent_(Bicycles
I believe that this
frame started life in Canada around 1994. The first picture shows the frame pre refinishing in the UK.
Slimjoe had the frame beautifully refinished in the UK and the paint is an amazing metallic silver with an electric blue through the decals.
The finish of the frame is wonderful. Very tidy gusset under the DT really shows of the welds.
This is how I built it originally:
Frame: 1994 Clark Kent
Fork: 420mm AtoC Specialized fork - WIP this one
Headset: Onza Mongo
Barends: None at present
Brakes: XTR M900 & Suntour SE
Brake Pads: XTR M900
Brake Cables: XTR
Cantilever cable hangers: XTR 900
Brake Levers: XTR M900
Shifters: XTR M900
Front Derailleur: XTR M900
Rear Derailleur: XTR M900
Cassette: XTR M900
Cranks: XTR M900
Crank Bolts: Middleburn
Chainrings: XTR M900
Chainring bolts: XTR M900
Bottom Bracket: UN91
Hub Skewers: XTR M900
Hubs: XTR M900
Saddle: Flite (Red logo)
Seatpost Binder: Controltech
Whilst not 100% finished I am nearly there
Got a few bolts to replace and need to add the decals to the seatpost but getting there.
I had earmarked a pair of skin wall tyres for the build but after seeing my slicks on the bike I am thinking black wall
All suggestions etc very welcome
And just for grannyrider - Thank you again for the stem
A couple of quick update pics
Just been out for a test ride a head of this weekends Peaks ride. A bit of tinkering needed but getting there.
Bike now wears proper tyres
The forks whist way too modern seem to suit quite well and with their relatively modest 430mm AtoC don't mess with the geometry too much.
Been a bit of a girl with this bike in not wanting to get it scratched
But cannot afford to have a garage queen so will hopefully be riding her more.
Rubbish pics and taken against the woodstore
hardly the best backdrop!
All comments (both good and bad) very welcome
(Almost) Side on:
Thanks for looking.
* As this is a repaint I suppose this is not strictly true but it is in keeping with the original style as above ^^