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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:09 am 
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Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Not one to troll Craigslist, I did find this on the day it was posted last spring. Living just a few blocks down the street, I recognized a gem under some old, parts. The package included many titanium parts and a Ti bolt kit. The Ti parts, headset, front mech and the CQP cranks were the only parts I kept on it.


Now I wish I had a "before" picture. After finding a $20 fork and reaching into my parts bin, this is how it turned out.


cranks: Cook Quality Products, with Shimano 747's
tires: Continental Avenues (for use in the city)
wheels: XTR (f)/DX 7-speed (r) on Mavics, w/Salsa skewers
stem and seatpost: Litespeed
handlebar: Titec PG w/Yeti grips
mechs: XT (f)/XTR (r)
levers/shifters: XTR/DX 7-speed !
brakes: Avid Tri-Align II
saddle: Selle Italia Flite Titanium



Looking for a nice fork with a threaded 1" steerer.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:54 pm 
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very nice!!
are you keeping it for road use only?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:44 pm 
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tasteful.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:41 am 
Devout Dirtbag

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Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
It's gonna be a road bike for the most part. Mainly because I've heard bad things about the lifespan of those cranks. Also it's all day comfortable on the road, and with few short exceptions, the local trails have a tendency to be primitive and technical.


That said, I would like to see how it handles off road. Since it's been almost 20 years since I've ridden a rigid bike on the local singletrack, I'll throw some knobbies on it next spring and remind myself why I like suspension. If I really like the off-road handling, I can mount a Mag-21 from my parts bin and use the 1" threaded crown/steerer that my LBS dug up for me.




Lookin' for a nice rigid fork with a 1" threaded steerer (160 mm) for 26" wheels.



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:55 am 
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semi-school wrote:
I can mount a Mag-21 from my parts bin and use the 1" threaded crown/steerer that my LBS dug up for me.


I know this is no for sale thread, but if you do not use the crown, please sell it to me so I can use it for my Merlin build :wink:

I do understand your crank argument, that's why I go for White industries or M900 although Cooks are the most beautiful cranks ever made...


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:21 pm 
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Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
The bike came with the CQP cranks, worn rings, and bad flat pedals on it. They looked like hell. I couldn't find my Autosol, but some Mother's Metal Polish brought 'em up to a reasonable shine.


I totally agree about the M900's. Got some in the parts bin in case the CQP's give out.


Rio, I'll give you first refusal on the Mag-21 crown/steerer. I want to give the bike a fair trial off road first though - and when traction's in my favour. If you haven't found one by next spring, keep in touch.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:01 pm 
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8) very nice :D


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:24 pm 
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yum, yum… another nice Merlin. Good score/rescue! 8)

Canadian, eh? ;)


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:10 am 
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Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
So I looked outside this morning and I saw this but decided to take the camera and have fun anyway.


I found a new fork last year, but just now got around to an update here. Also got some XTR canti's that are in great shape and are a good compliment to the bike.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:27 am 
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lovely fork… what is it?


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