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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:05 pm 
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Today I received some essential stuff for my Xizang build so maybe it's time to open a thread for it. I had planned a classic 1991-1993 XT M730 build, and already having a 1990 Team Avalanche, I bought the 18" frame from Radoslaw last spring.
I've been slowly collecting the necessary parts as I was missing the U-brake, True Temper bar, Onza ti barends..and flip-flop stem which arrived today (and it's nos :) ). The decals on the frame were changed for 1991 ones, so I ordered the right "1992" ones from gil_m.

There's also some Salsa El Kaboing decals in the pic, but it's another project ;).. More pics of the Xizang coming soon.

The TT bar I bought was far from "nos", but decided to buy it as most of the scratches will not be seen as they go under the grips & stuff - and you don't see that many True Temper bars for sale. The bar also had some rust so I put a plug to the other end and some hot water + citric acid inside. The result after (only) 3 hours was much cleaner bar, but of course not perfect. The bar had to be cleaned well after the treatment with acid, and it has to be protected against rust. But well, it was only 4$ + shipping :).

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:13 pm 
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there is something that is just magical about the 91 92 Xizang. Especially when built as you propose.

i look forward to watching your progress!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:04 pm 
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Oelala! This is going to be a story!
Looking forward +1!!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:16 pm 
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Same here looks like it could be the earlier xizang team to my one :D


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Looking forward to see how this one will progress... 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:51 am 
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8)

How hard was it to find that stem?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:44 am 
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ez054098 wrote:
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How hard was it to find that stem?


If you are in the need, this US eBay seller still have some flip-flop stems in 1" and 1 1/8":

http://www.ebay.com/sch/gomakasu/m.html ... ksid=p3686


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:02 am 
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That's where I bought the stem from. Very good seller, quick shipping too :D .. I had some other stem options too (Tioga, earlier GT, Control Tech), but I think this is the right one.
Somehow the yellow color of the decals didn't appear quite as I had expected, so I'll have to get another set - otherwise the color keeps bothering me a long time. :?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:04 am 
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Tizumo wrote:
That's where I bought the stem from. Very good seller, quick shipping too :D .. I had some other stem options too (Tioga, earlier GT, Control Tech), but I think this is the right one.
Somehow the yellow color of the decals didn't appear quite as I had expected, so I'll have to get another set - otherwise the color keeps bothering me a long time. :?


i have a set of genuine xizang stickers in the cupboard. they might be helpful for you to judge colour?

i could scan them for you and email if that is helpful.

they are so old, they have stuck to the backing papers, so theycan't be used to stick on the bike


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