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 Post subject: Re: British Steel
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:16 pm 
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The Dave Lloyd looks stunning Neil, how does it ride.


I did a post ride write up in my build thread, but in a nutshell, it is light and fast and a definite Mayhem contender as it just MAKES you ride it as hard as possible.


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 Post subject: Re: British Steel
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:26 pm 
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A post with a difference, a quick comparison between five British Steel bikes: 1992 CATS, 1992 DOGS, 1994 CATS, 1994 Fuquay and 2002 Yates 853 (DONKIS).

These have all been ridden, by me on the same ten mile on/offroad route in the past ten days. All in the evening at around the same time and all in similar conditions.

Compliance / stiffness: As you would expect the Yates is the stiffest and least compliant frame. This makes it a little hard work on the fast rough stuff be it rock or dried mud / grass. On the upside it is my climbing buddy and when the conditions or surface allow, I can just hit my cadence and go, for as long as my legs can last.

Second is the DOGS. It is a lot more compliant than the Yates and by no means uncomfortable, but it is stiffer than the others. Next comes the 92 CATS; this may be down to the tubeset or possibly the new chain stays, but it is just that bit tighter at the back on the rough stuff, but without any flexing when kicking hard on a climb. With just a fag paper between them is the Fuquay followed by the 94 CATS. Both are fast over the rough stuff, but the CATS just allowed me to push on that little bit harder.

Steering: Not much between them all really. The 92 CATS is sharper than the rest, but given that it is the only rigid forked bike, the lack of weight on the front may help. All track well, but the Yates and DOGS are the most stable and are also the least twitchy, which I guess amounts to the same thing really.

Speed: There is very little between the CATS and the Fuquay, I think the CATS just have it with the 92 ahead, but again that is likely to be a lack of weight.

Climbing: Both the Yates and the DOGS are really bold and steady climbers, you just set the throttle and you go, and go, and go. The Fuquay and the 94 CATS are fine climbers, but their faster steering demands better control and a bit of anticipation when it comes to obstructions like rocks or roots. The 92 CATS is a flyer and I rode the long rocking climbs in higher gears than with any of the other bikes.

Overall impression: The Yates is a go anywhere do anything workhorse of a bike, you really don't have to think too much about the bike, just where you are going and how you want to get there. The Roberts is just smooth, predictable and very easy on the brain; it has a very reassuring ride and lets you take it easy, or kick on, as you please. The 94 CATS and Fuquay are almost identical in their ride, they are fleet of foot, fast to steer fast to ride without being so twitchy as to be difficult. The CATS is the more aggressive of the two and as I have said before its road heritage is apparent when you start to move fast, up, flat or down. The Fuquay keeps its composure a little better at speed, and 'travels' as they say in horse racing, but it falls short of releasing the inner thug in the rider. The 92 CATS is just FAST, although it does demand more of the rider and certainly not be described as a relaxing ride; fun yes, relaxing, not a chance and again its road racing heritage is there, especially on fast descents where it is rock solid and tracks like it's on rails.

If I wanted to ride the Quantocks, Mendips, Breacon Beacons, West Highland Way all day, then I would take the Roberts first and the Yates second.

If I want to belt around the trails pretty much anywhere for a couple of hours I would take any of them, but top of the list would be the Fuquay.

If I wanted to do the same thing, only faster, I would take the 94 CATS.

And when I want to ride like a complete nutter, I would take the 92 CATS.

If I could have only one, I would be very hard pressed, but first choice would be the DOGS, followed by the Fuquay.

With luck this wonderful weather will continue, and I will get the chance to test some of the bikes at Haldon, up on the Mendips and on the Quantocks, so if anyone is interested, I'll post again at the end of the summer.

Finally, another thank you to RINGO, who, without knowing me from Adam, allowed me to ride his 94 CATS WISKAS before he had even seen it himself. If that doesn't exemplify the spirit of RB, I don't know what does. You have a fine bike there sir, very fine indeed.


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 Post subject: Re: British Steel
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:34 pm 
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I should really, shouldnt I?

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 Post subject: Re: British Steel
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:48 am 
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it was recomended to me last night to have a read of this thread and im so glad i did, some fantastic looking rides in some awsome colour schemes a true eye opener to the world of british steel :D
anyway this morning another member as requested i put some pics up of wot seems to be a cats wiskas by Dave Lloyd and one that i came across totaly by accident whilst in the persuit of some xt parts for my own build, have a look at the pics and the link to the original thread i started looking for info on the frame,
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 Post subject: Re: British Steel
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:21 pm 
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Nice to see it here.

So, are you going to keep it?

You really should you know. :twisted:


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 Post subject: Re: British Steel
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:35 pm 
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That Dave Lloyd...fillet brazed 753? That's against the rules :shock:
Given the size of those fillets, that's brass not 56% silver (unlike on the 753 Zinn)
Well over 700ºC required :?

753 AT was fairly chunky, with butts 0.8 and 0.9mm (same ballpark as 531Competition), but that heat will have killed the heat treatment back to 531 strengths.

All the best,


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 Post subject: Re: British Steel
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:21 am 
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That Dave Lloyd...fillet brazed 753? That's against the rules :shock:
Given the size of those fillets, that's brass not 56% silver (unlike on the 753 Zinn)
Well over 700ºC required :?

753 AT was fairly chunky, with butts 0.8 and 0.9mm (same ballpark as 531Competition), but that heat will have killed the heat treatment back to 531 strengths.

All the best,


To be Fair though Dan, the Z-753 is mini fillet brazed anyway.

Your eye sight and frame building Knowledge far exceeds mine to be fair, I would need to have that in hand, to be sure.

But there is a definite difference between My road 753 and 753atb tube sets as I have tried to explain, (badly perhaps).


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 Post subject: Re: British Steel
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:03 pm 
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Dave used to fillet braze 753 road frames, and polish/chrome it too:
viewtopic.php?f=23&t=80731


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 Post subject: Re: British Steel
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:26 pm 
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Finally, another thank you to RINGO, who, without knowing me from Adam, allowed me to ride his 94 CATS WISKAS before he had even seen it himself. If that doesn't exemplify the spirit of RB, I don't know what does. You have a fine bike there sir, very fine indeed.


Neil, it was the least I could do.. You collected it and packed it up with the utmost care and attention. that equally exemplifies the spirit of RB!

Great write up on the performance of these classic machines, I'vew alway fancied a Fuquay and your review did nothing to dampen this!

Will post up pics of my CATS here when I get home.. :D


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 Post subject: Re: British Steel
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:27 pm 
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Any updates for us Adrian...? Cant wait to see this finished, and back to its former glory.... 8)


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