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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:06 pm 
Posh Mark
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Hi All,

:arrow: 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 and fifth owner of the frame! :oops: :lol:

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:

jez-4-bikes-max wrote:
USA brand -

I'd go...

Full m900
No bling
Accutrax rigid or Mag21
Syncros post and stem
Onza barends L-bends
Flite


&

jez-4-bikes-max wrote:

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"...

Its purposeful. :D


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 :oops: :lol:

So thats it.

Back in my ownership and its not going anywhere. :D :twisted:

:arrow: 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)

:arrow: Pics

I believe that this frame started life in Canada around 1994. The first picture shows the frame pre refinishing in the UK.

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Slimjoe had the frame beautifully refinished in the UK and the paint is an amazing metallic silver with an electric blue through the decals.

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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:

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:arrow: Build plan:

Frame: 1994 Clark Kent

Fork: 420mm AtoC Specialized fork - WIP this one

Headset: Onza Mongo
Stem: Syncros
Handlebar: Syncros
Grips: ODI
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
Derailleur Cables:XTR
Cassette: XTR M900
Chain: SRAM
Cranks: XTR M900
Crank Bolts: Middleburn
Chainrings: XTR M900
Chainring bolts: XTR M900
Bottom Bracket: UN91
Pedals: M737

Hub Skewers: XTR M900
Rims: Campagnolo
Hubs: XTR M900
Tyres: IRC

Saddle: Flite (Red logo)
Seatpost: Syncros
Seatpost Binder: Controltech

:arrow: New Pics

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 :D

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And just for grannyrider - Thank you again for the stem 8)

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:arrow: 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 :oops: But cannot afford to have a garage queen so will hopefully be riding her more.

Rubbish pics and taken against the woodstore :roll: hardly the best backdrop!

All comments (both good and bad) very welcome :D

:arrow: Pics:

(Almost) Side on:

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Control Centre:

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Built by:

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Painted by*:

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Thanks for looking.

MArk


* As this is a repaint I suppose this is not strictly true but it is in keeping with the original style as above ^^


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:21 pm 
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Nice! Will be following with interest 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:26 pm 
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does that mean its my turn to buy it back next? :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:51 pm 
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i have to say, i agree with Jez on the m900 build, not sure about a fork though, not sure what i'd put on it. matching wheels this time please :wink: who was the Uk painter? i always liked that silver finish 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:47 am 
Posh Mark
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haggis wrote:
does that mean its my turn to buy it back next? :wink:


Its not going anywhere again :lol:

jonnyboy666 wrote:
i have to say, i agree with Jez on the m900 build, not sure about a fork though, not sure what i'd put on it. matching wheels this time please :wink: who was the Uk painter? i always liked that silver finish 8)


Build is complete. Forks, although only temporary look good, better that the P Bones I had originally :-)

Matching wheels are present and correct :-)

No idea as to UK painter but the finish is excellent and the dual metallic looks ace in the sunshine.

Pics in a bit 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:34 pm 
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New pics added :D


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:39 pm 
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:arrow: More new pics added :D


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:31 pm 
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man that is a nice paintjob. M900 is always cool, and I would definitly keep the skinwalls!!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:46 pm 
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****Custom Fork Update****

For a long time now the fork(s) on this bike to me have been its let down.

I needed something funky but practical. Step forward international man of frame building mystery ....... Dan Chambers aka danson67.

Dan custom built me these forks to a length of 425mm AtoC which I have found to be a sweet spot for this frame.

Beautifully hand made and custom cut they are a mixture of tubing including columbus.

The legs are brazed into the custom cut upper sleeves :-)

Silver soldered retro 10p pieces are a fantastic touch 8) 8) 8)

Many thanks to Dan - they are the perfect missing piece.

:arrow: Pics:

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Still need to work out reach and stem height.

I have decided to replace the Syncros bits with modern Thomson parts. Some folk aren't going to like this but I want the bike to be a rider.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:05 pm 
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Nice forks, think they really suit the bike.

Does that mean the Syncros stem is for sale now? :wink:


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