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 Post subject: DeKerf Team ST
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 10:10 pm 
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I've always wanted a DeKerf softtail, and decided to buy this one when it came up for sale despite having enough projects already running! 

Unfortunately it has had a few modifications carried out during its life. 
The rear has had a disk brake mount welded on by Chas Roberts and repainted with a hammerite type paint. I managed to find a similar paint and have resprayed the rear where the mount was welded on. It's not the same colour, but from a meter away you can't see it at all. I also sprayed the bar-ends the same colour.
The original paint is stunning and it's not been polished/waxed yet, the new clear coat will also need sanding when it's had long enough to fully dry. 
The Canadian badged parts were made by a mixture of painting and printing on water-slide paper. 
The rear shock has been serviced/reconditioned. The metal collar has been replaced with a custom made item from someone on here (thanks very much). 
The refurbishment thread is here: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1524003#1524003

I bought some Pace RC36 Stealth forks to put on it, but prefer the look of standard RC36's so am trying to put some nice ones together from the ones that I already own. 

It will be fitted with M730 thumbshifters and mechs as I already have them. 
The cranks will either be NOS M737 XT or Acor titanium, not sure yet! The wheels are Hope Ti-Glide disk hubs with Mavic X517 rims with DT Swiss DB 1.8 spokes. 

Weight isn't really a factor in this build, although I would like it under 25lb. 


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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 10:27 pm 
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Nice job, and nice detailing too :)


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This is going to look great, can't wait to see it finished and ridden...


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:01 pm 
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Kettle on, HobNobs opened, chair pulled up :D
I love Dekerfs :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 4:01 pm 
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Gonna be frickin sweet.

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Love the detailling. Where did you find the topcap?


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:51 am 
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I made the top cap. I think I could be better so might do it again! The top cap was a normal rounded one that I ground down to make flat, I also now have made a bolt that sits flush in it.

I've not done much on it since. Just been trying to make a working pair of Pace forks out of this lot:

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:43 pm 
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Nice project :D

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