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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:54 am 
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I've been working on these projects for almost a year and a half now. Growing up in State College (where Groves were made) I remember going into the Bicycle Shop and drooling over the Hard Cores. So, I built these two bikes just like they would have been built back in the 90s.

I finally had a little bit of time over the weekend to finish the two Grove Hard Cores. Both bike are nearly 100% complete. The larger one will get matching Hot Rods and still needs some fine tuning on the cable routing and drivetrain adjustment, maybe a different chain. I'm tossing around the idea of putting black Graftons on it, but might just keep it stock M735. This is one heavy bike at 28.5 lbs, a much different ride than my Adroit. Cool thing about this larger frame is that it was built just three days after my birthday in 1991. It's hard to capture the color in a photo, but the front end looks black in normal light, but under direct sunlight the red pearl really comes through.

The smaller bike is virtually done aside from some cable routing adjustments. Interesting bit about this frame, the top tube and down tube are 91/92 Hard Core stock, the seat tube is earlier 89 or so Assault or Hard Core stock and the rear triangle is 94/95 Aggressor stock, so it's one odd duck. No serial number to boot. I think Bill did a fantastic job with this paint, it's awesome in person.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:27 am 
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tease!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:45 pm 
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jujupunk wrote:
tease!


Yep. I won't show them until I get both done. The bike in the foreground is a few weeks out from being complete. Some part snafus and a few unexpected changes mean it will be a bit longer...

THEY ARE STUNNING THOUGH!!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:58 pm 
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Very nice indeed! I'm very keen on getting hod of one of these someday, they epitomise my favourite period of MTB history. Love the paint!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:50 pm 
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Yawn. Let's get some full pics please!!! :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:39 am 
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Well, here they are. Both bikes build with all NOS M735 XT, NOS Ground Control and Ground Control Extreme tires. The smaller one has an NOS IRD post, Ti Syncros on the larger one. Chris King headset on the larger one and it will get matching Hot Rod cranks as soon as they are done.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:38 am 
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The creme de la creme :shock: ..great bike, I love this paint job.:wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:28 pm 
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Nader wrote:
The creme de la creme :shock: ..great bike, I love this paint job.:wink:


Thanks. I'm still in shock and awe!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:17 pm 
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They turned out great! I'm sure the larger one is too big for you, so please sell it to me. 8)


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