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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:29 am 
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This thread is full of win! :shock:


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:29 am 
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double tap. sorry


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:27 pm 
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Thats very tidy mate......good work. You cant beat a Mavic HS/Atac combo with these frames....they are just the right proportions.

Nice work on the mech hanger as well......must remember that in case i ever trash mine :?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:32 pm 
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Evening all. Well Santa’s been making unseasonably early deliveries at my house for the last two weeks….

I've managed to source a lovely 28.6 Litespeed titanium seatpost from a very nice chap in California, a pair of NOS Hyperends from a very patient guy in Germany (all correspondence was done in German through Google Translate!), a pair of XT shifters, a near NOS XT rear mech and a Hyperlite bar (thanks again Adrian). :) Just need to find some brake levers and we’re done(ish).

Would it be frowned upon if I use a “modern” set of cables/housing? I like Jagwire’s Ripcord stuff but I’m not sure they can be considered “retro”. However, they are only cables; suggestions/comments please.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:52 pm 
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Very tasty! I love the color mix and build so far. Tough to beat the classic set up in your first pics....but it looks like you just might match it without copying it. Cool cool :)

Would a little pink be out of the question??


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:54 pm 
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And since you asked--- personally I think modern cables and housing and such are fine, especially if you are building up a rider.

....and especially when it might mean taking forever to finish a build.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:39 am 
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moving along nicely

nowt wrong with modern cables ,as long as they're black

nice build


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:13 pm 
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Try the Gore Ride-on cables! Perfect and black!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:35 pm 
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That set of bars has found their way into a really classy build from the look of it!!

I've used the fibrax brake/gear cables a bit recently - great value and they come with plenty of ferrules etc.

Looking forward to seeing it finished!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:06 pm 
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I’ve made considerable progress on the bike over the last week but finding some blue Paul Love Levers is proving to be a infuriating! :evil:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=217979

After a bit of web research, I’m now of the opinion that given most of the cables are exposed, using PTFE coated ones would make little if any noticeable difference. Frustratingly most bike shops I’ve visited recently don’t seem to stock many colour options, so going with pink (I did consider it) would have meant going from a picture on the internet. The final choice was Jagwire Switch in titanium, plus blue ferrules (I think I need to join the AA; Anodisers Anonymous that is!).

Most of the drive train has been assembled but as I prefer the look (from the back) of the 8 speed XTR cassette, the next challenge is to get it working with the 7 speed XT thumb shifters; anyone got any experience here?

I’ve also bought some Panaracer Timbuk II’s from the MOMBAT website and I’m really pleased with them. If anyone’s thinking about amber/skin wall tyres then I would definitely recommend these, plus if we can place a bulk order we’ll bring the price down further.

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=213114

Lastly the eagle eyed ones of you may notice that I’ve used the latest springs and spring nuts on the brakes. Both sets of original springs were in pretty bad shape, so I bought some new ones from Paul Components only to find that the original spring nut wouldn’t take the new square profile spring and there wasn’t enough metal to drill them out, so I had to order some new spring nuts… One day I might try and make some replacement springs; where can I get stainless spring wire?


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