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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:50 pm 
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Update :!:

Stripped the Eldridge down today to just the frame and gave it a good kleen. The Zolatone is in good nick considering it's 22 years old. There are a few blemishes here and there but there is barely any rust coming through and luckily zero paint chip. The fork, stem and bars are totally chip and scratch free :D, but there is a little fade to pinky/redness :(. I pulled the headset and bottom bracket apart and cleaned, re-greased and resembled so they're nice n' smoooooth and the components had the full Gunk treatment. I also stripped the crank and rebuilt.

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Put it back together with new chain, cables and foamies, also added a nice pair of XT shifters and new saddle I had knocking about. The original tyres were shot so I've put a new pair of Panaracers on and here's where we're at 8).

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More updates to come, thanks for looking :)


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simply stunning..

Shame the original tyres hadn't stood the test of time tho... :(


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You had a nice day for it. A fine mtb


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GT-Steve wrote:
Shame the original tyres hadn't stood the test of time tho... :(


I was a disappointed too but the side walls were like crusty bread, they literally crumbled when I took them off the rims :shock:


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That's a belter and second only, from the zolatone Marin's I've seen, to beavis' 91 Pine Mountain condition wise 8)


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Swap it for my BV?? :oops: :D


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GT-Steve wrote:
Swap it for my BV?? :oops: :D


That's a very sexual offer you've put on the table Sir.... wife swapping, yeh I'm a regular swinger round these parts.. but bike swapping :shock:


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:00 am 
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Now that is a lovely bike! 😃😃

Loving the Renault 5 turbo as well. Don't see many about anymore, probably all blown up lol


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I've been fighting a bastard lurge over the last couple of daze and today was my rest day so plan was to collapse on the settee and watch films. I mustered up enough energy this morning to nip out and take pics of another bike and by about 5pm I'd had enough of sitting around feeling like shite so I pumped myself full of remedy and took my newly finished Eldridge out 8)

Wow I'm so glad I did!! I LOVE THIS BIKE!! It rides so so well and the old LX groupo is totally on the button (with the XT shifter upgrade). I wasn't sure quite what to expect in terms of handling but after a quick 14 mile blast I was left very impressed. Unfortunately I think the headset is on it's way out so that will need replacing soon but other than that there's no more to do on this one except for ride and enjoy :D

NB: I've carefully peeled the headtube decal off as it was looking a bit ropey; plan is to apply some new adhesive and stick it back on.

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Frame: Tange Cro-Mo Butted Oversized
Fork: Tange

Headset: Marin OEM
Stem: Marin
Handlebar: Marin
Grips: GT Steve donation
Barplugs: Onza

Brakes: M502
Brake Cables: Shimano
Cantilever cable hangers: One's that racerx is selling :wink:
Brake Levers: Shimano XT
Shifters: Shimano XT
Front Derailleur: Shimano LX M550
Rear Derailleur: Shimano LX M550
Derailleur Cables: Shimano
Cassette: HG70
Chain: HG70
Cranks: Shimano LX M550
Crank Bolts: OEM
Chainrings: SG
Chainring bolts: OEM
Bottom Bracket: Shimano LX

Hub Skewers: Exage
Rims: Wolber AT-18
Hubs: Exage
Tyres: Panaracer Duster
Tubes: Michelin
Seatpost: OEM
Seatpost QR: Kalloy
Saddle: Ritchey

Thanks for looking 8)


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bonerific... 8) 8)


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