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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:32 pm 
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Hi everybody. Have been lurking around here long enough. As I have obtained the majority of parts for this build right here, I thought I'd show you this.

This was built for my girlfriend. We went through countless RetroBike builds, looking for something she would like. As it turned out, she had a very clear idea of what she wanted and how she wanted the end result to look like. Main source of inspiration turned out to be stevetait's 1994 Zaskar. Thank you, Steve!

So this is what came out of our build. I'm very proud of this and the owner seems to be too. As you can see, it's 1x8. No front derailleur hassle! Slick tyres. Fast but comfy. Not exactly period correct, but that was not the goal. The spec list:

Frame: GT Zaskar LE 1994 18"
Fork: Amp Research F3XC
Headset: Diatech CB2
Stem: Titec Big Al, 60 mm
Handlebar: noname riser, 54 cm
Grips: Vice Grips, 130 mm
Brakes: Shimano XT 739 (1997)
Brake Pads: KoolStop red
Brake Cables: Jagwire Ripcord
Brake Levers: Shimano XT 739 (1996)
Shifter: Shimano R440, 8-speed
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT 739 (1997)
Derailleur Cables: Jagwire Ripcord
Cassette: Shimano HG50, 12–25
Chain: Shimano HG-91
Cranks: L&M, 175 mm
Chainring: Pace, 46T
Chainring bolts: Alloy
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-UN54, 73x118 mm
Pedals: Wellgo M111
Hub Skewers: ControlTech titanium
Rims: Mavic X517
Hubs: Shimano XT 739 (I think)
Nipples: DT brass
Spokes: DT Champion 1,8 mm
Tyres: Schwalbe City Jet
Tubes: Michelin C4, Continental MTB
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Titanium (1991)
Seatpost: Kalloy UNO, 27.0, 300 mm
Seatpost Binder: noname alloy

And the pics. The bike:
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I think XT 739's look very nice on this. Rims are grey anodized Mavic X517's.
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I used lock-on grips because I got tired of forcing regular ones in. But I think they look ok enough.
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The L&M cranks. Spider is a bit faded though. Any idea where to get a new one?
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Just a few touches of colour.
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The stem had to be short. It's modern, but I think it kind of goes well with the frame.
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So that's it. Hope you like it.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:37 pm 
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I like it! Look's to me like a nice fast turner for citybombing!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:37 pm 
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Nice, suble colours. The L&M spider you might be able to get re-anodized
since there's presumably nothing wrong with it. Some of the guys on here
were going to do their own.

Good to see another single speed Zaskar !


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:07 am 
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interesting pictures. unique crank - I like it. that the frame will get a sticker?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 3:03 am 
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VERY nice. I like the Schwalbe tires too :D


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:03 am 
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Thank you for the comments! After a while I think we kind of decided not to apply the decals as not to hide the polished frame.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 2:33 pm 
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very unique looking zaskar! bet you wont find another like it :D


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:39 am 
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That is beautiful. Loving the clean lines, very nice.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:27 pm 
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Update! This bike is going to be upgraded with some new (old) stuff.

Current rims are almost worn out, so new wheels are being built as we speak. New wheels will have NOS X517 rims with M737 hubs. Then there are Middleburn RS3 cranks with a red 110 spider waiting, and a Kore Light seatpost and SR LowFat pedals. And lighter tyres too! And lots of titanium bolts! I'll take some pics when all is done.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:53 pm 
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that's actually pretty damn tasty. nicely done


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